In 2009, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) set aside $11 billion for smart grid investment. The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) began distributing $3.4 billion of these ARRA funds in 2009 in the form of government grants, which were to be matched by $4.7 billion in private investment, according to the DoE. These grants were to be used for over 100 projects in 49 of 50 states, and the DoE immediately distributed $47 million to eight ongoing projects.
On Tuesday, Elster (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.), a manufacturer of advanced meter infrastructure, announced that its integrated universal meter and radio platform, the REXUniversal meter, is expected to be commercially available in North America in the second quarter of 2012. Elster's REXUniversal meter platform allows smart grid vendors' 900MHz radio frequency (RF) mesh communications to run natively on the identical REXUniversal meter hardware with integrated communications, economically delivering meter and network flexibility to utilities, according to Elster.
Raritan (Somerset, N.J., U.S.A.), a supplier of asset tracking technology, last week announced the availability of the intelligent Asset Management Tag and Sensor for improving data center asset management by providing accurate, real-time information on all IT assets and their locations.
Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications received a new lease of life after telecom service providers reorganized their traditional M2M solutions to enable a world of interconnected machines and objects, according to research firm Frost & Sullivan (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.). However, in a highly competitive market, M2M providers should look for new revenue streams for a sustainable market edge.
Last week, the Smart Grid Research Consortium, an independent research Consortium open to electric cooperatives, municipal and other public utilities, released a scorecard for utilities to evaluate their smart grid investment and planning process.
Solectria Renewables, LLC (Lawrence, Mass., U.S.A.), a PV inverter manufacturer, announced on Tuesday that it has been awarded a $2.1 million contract from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop integrated smart-grid ready photovoltaic (PV) inverters with utility communications in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Detroit Edison, National Grid and Xcel Energy. The contract is part of the DOE's SunShot Initiative, which aims to accelerate the development of cost-competitive solar technologies, according to the company.
In 2001, with only five employees, IneoQuest endeavored to become a dominant video quality and service assurance provider and quickly plied its wares to several of the top 25 service providers in North America. As the firm enters its second decade of business, and with 142 employees, this Mansfield, Massachusetts, company rides a dramatic rise in the demand for video monitoring, reporting increased sales revenue of 400% in the last 5 years.
Shortly after the U.S. government moved to block AT&T’s (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (Bonn, Germany), AT&T issued a statement making it rather apparent that the service provider did not know about the governments intensions beforehand.
In the statement AT&T says they are “surprised and disappointed” by the government’s actions, especially after AT&T met with the Department of Justice (DOJ), who gave no indication that an action was being considerate by the government.
On Monday, Orange Business Services (Paris, France) announced it will increase the capacity of its Latin American network by ten times due to growing demand from its multinational enterprise customers. According to the company, implementation will begin in October 2011, covering Brazil and Chile, followed by Argentina, Peru and Panama. The network, which now has a capacity of around 620 Mbps (megabits per second), will increase to 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second) in an expansion that has several phases, according to Orange.