Nearly 40% of executives from water utilities think it is “highly likely” that demand will exceed supply by 2030, underscoring the need for better management through innovations like network sensors and smart meters, according to a new study from software giant Oracle and the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Some 45% of the 244 executives surveyed for the report reckoned that wasteful consumer behavior is the main barrier to meeting future demand, with about a third of respondents rating worries over climate change and low tariffs as other significant barriers.
M2M technology is finding some novel applications. A new service available from Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Marketplace is designed to provide automatic notifications to livestock farmers when calving begins or when a cow is in heat and ready for insemination.
The system works by means of M2M data-collection devices, equipped with Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) SIM cards, installed in stables or the field. Sensors measure the cow’s vital data and then relay it to the data collection device, which, in turn, sends a text-message notification to the farmer.
Siemens Smart Grid has introduced an updated version of its demand response system, claiming it allows utilities to manage demand response programs more effectively than via traditional processes.
The so-called Demand Response Management System (DRMS) Version 2.0 is supposedly one of the first technologies that can ‘surgically’ target demand reductions through substation, feeder, zip code or geographical location. This means that utilities can reduce power loads at critical sections of their distribution network.
Japan's Nissan Motor Co plans to equip some of its luxury cars with a system to control steering electronically, rather than mechanically, the first time so-called "steer-by-wire" technology will be used in mass-produced vehicles.
The new technology will be introduced in some models of the Infiniti brand within a year, Nissan (Yokohama, Japan) said at a briefing, paving the way for cars that could one day be steered by joysticks and be programmed to avoid crashes automatically.
Isis, a venture of three of the top U.S. mobile providers, said on Monday it has kicked off its much-delayed mobile payments service in two U.S. cities and promised that as many as 20 phone models would support the service by year end.
Isis, formed by Verizon Wireless (New York, USA), AT&T Inc (Dallas, USA) and T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, USA), is a mobile wallet service that allows consumers to make payments by waving their phone at a check-out terminal, instead of using a plastic card.
Qtel, Qatar’s state-controlled operator, is interested in purchasing Vivendi’s stake in Maroc Telecom, the largest telecoms business in Morocco, reports the Financial Times.
Thought to be interested in concentrating on its media business henceforth, the French conglomerate is reviewing its ownership of various telecoms businesses, including Maroc Telecom (Rabat, Morocco), in which it holds a 53% stake, and SFR (Paris, France), a French mobile-phone operator.
China Mobile reported a 1.4% rise in net profit, to 93.3 billion yuan ($14.9 billion), for the first nine months of the year, with growing take-up of mobile data services spurring a 6.4% increase in revenues, to 408.6 billion yuan.
China’s biggest mobile-phone operator has been focusing on improvements to service quality as the market matures, economic growth slows and competition intensifies.
Egypt-based Orascom Telecom Holding is planning to exploit a change in legislation that will allow it to take full control of Wind Mobile, its Canadian mobile-phone subsidiary.
The company has asked shareholders to approve a proposal that would let it convert non-voting shares in Globalive (Toronto, Canada), the holding company that owns Wind, into voting shares.
AT&T said on Friday it will contribute a stake in its wireless business to the company's pension plan worth $9.5 billion in an effort to secure the fund, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
AT&T (Dallas, USA) filed for approval for the proposal with the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday. It said the move would not significantly affect company earnings.
AT&T's pension plan was underfunded by about $10.2 billion at the end of 2011, a company spokeswoman said.
Norway’s Telenor will participate in India’s auction of 2G spectrum next month, joining Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Tata Teleservices in the process.
Telenor (Fornebu, Norway) has been operating in India through its Uninor joint venture with Unitech, an Indian real-estate business, but its spectrum licenses were cancelled earlier this year after an Indian court found there had been irregularities during their award in 2008.