Remote terminal units in smart grid, market analysis and forecasts to 2015

The global market for remote terminal units will grow at a slow rate in the next few years until 2015. The global market for remote terminal units (RTU) is nearing saturation as the deployment of RTUs has been going on since 1970s. This leaves little scope for growth in the North American and European power markets. The Asian nations are expected to play a key role in the coming years for the global RTU market as they undertake major drive to remove inefficiency in their power infrastructure and expand it to increase capacity.

Ceramic Fuel Cells signs contract with Smart Grid, Smart City project

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (Australia), a developer of high efficiency and low emission electricity generation units for homes and other buildings, Tuesday announced it has signed a contract to sell 25 BlueGen gas-to-electricity units to Ausgrid (formerly Energy Australia).

The units will be installed in homes in Newcastle as part of Ausgrid’s ‘Smart Grid, Smart City’ project. The $100 million project, funded by the Australian Government, is Australia’s largest smart grid project.

The 25 BlueGen units – the second largest BlueGen order received by Ceramic Fuel

United Telehealth launches turnkey telehealth programs

United Telehealth Services (Nashville, Tennessee) Thursday announced its company’s launch providing telehealth programs for hospitals and physicians. Founded by Dr. Sami Ismail, Dr. John Wilters and Drew Nord, United Telehealth connects “Hub” hospital and specialists’ expertise to outlying “Spoke” hospitals, clinics and providers. Today, patients in remote or rural areas often unnecessarily travel long distances to seek consultations and opinions from physician specialists.

EPB and Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs put the smarts into smart grid

EPB, Chattanooga's electric power distributor and communications provider, and Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) have teamed to ultimately provide energy management options to customers throughout the region by developing techniques to help analyze energy usage at unprecedented levels of detail.

Eircom to speed up talks as covenant breach looms

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Struggling Irish telecoms group Eircom said on Friday it must accelerate talks on restructuring its debt with shareholders and lenders ahead of a likely breach in its financial covenants within the next three months.

Eircom, majority-owned by Temasek unit Singapore Technologies Telemedia (STT), in March warned of a significant risk of a covenant breach within three to six months and said it would talk to shareholders about possibly injecting new equity.

Aeroflex displays new Auto-Test II TETRA test technology

Aeroflex Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp. (Plainview, N.Y.) and the leading supplier of test instruments for the Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) market, presented its new Auto-Test II technology for testing TETRA mobile stations on the 3920 Digital Radio Test Set to the visitors of TETRA World Congress in Budapest. The new test option allows testing of TETRA terminals—independent of the network and encryption settings—by just pushing a button. Performing regular maintenance testing is an important issue for users of TETRA terminals.

Republicans, Democrats skeptical of AT&T deal

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Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed skepticism on Thursday that AT&T's proposed buy of T-Mobile USA would lead to the consumer benefits that the wireless company has promised.

The huge deal has been attacked as a bad idea because it would further reduce the number of wireless carriers.

Additionally, critics say the loss of discount carrier T-Mobile could lead to higher prices for consumers.

AT&T Chairman Randall Stephenson painted the proposed transaction as a way to extend the company's reach into the countryside and other underserved areas.

Google unveils pay-by-phone system, partners with Sprint

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Google Inc (Mountain View CA) and four bank and telecommunications partners on Thursday unveiled "Google Wallet," taking U.S. shoppers a step closer to paying by waving their mobile phones at the checkout counter.

The Internet search company's system that lets people pay with phones instead of cards, hoping to win a race against major rivals including Visa, top U.S. banks and mobile network operators.

Neuralitic expands its customer base with StarHub

Neuralitic Systems (Canada), a provider of mobile data intelligence solutions for mobile operators, has expanded its presence in Asia with the signing of a new deal with StarHub (Singapore), a fully-integrated info-communication company. The mobile operator will utilize Neuralitic’s SevenFlow software suite to understand the data usage profile of its customers and monetize data traffic.

Charles Schwab launches brokerage and banking mobile deposit for iPhone

Charles Schwab (San Francisco, Calif.) today launches mobile deposit capabilities for iPhone users, enabling brokerage and Schwab Bank clients to deposit checks remotely by taking a picture of a check with their iPhone camera. Schwab is one of the only financial services firms to provide its clients with mobile deposit capabilities and integrated banking and brokerage mobile services, including money transfer.

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