Mexico smart grid market to reach $8.3 Billion by 2020

Research and consulting firm Northeast Group, LLC (Washington, D.C.) last week released its Mexico Smart Grid Market Forecast, which projects the total smart grid market will reach a cumulative $8.3 billion by 2020. Mexico trails only Brazil in terms of potential for smart grid in the Latin America region. The smart metering market in Mexico represents the largest opportunity, with more than 21 million smart meters to be deployed by the end of the decade, according to the report.

Automakers work with governments globally on connected vehicle standards

On Friday, the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC), a consortium of global automakers, announced they will join key government officials and other automakers from around the world to help accelerate the development of connected vehicles by harmonizing standards.

KORE launches Quickstart Program for M2M application developers

KORE Telematics (Alpharetta Ga., U.S.A.), a wireless services provider specializing in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, last week announced the Quickstart Program for accelerating the development, testing and deployment of M2M applications.

Through partnerships with ClearConnex (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.), an embedded wireless engineering firm, and Richardson RFPD (LaFox, Ill., U.S.A.), a value-added global component distributor, KORE is now able to deliver critical components required by M2M application developers to develop and test a complete M2M solution.

Vehicle-to-Grid charging for electric cars gets lift from U.S. utility

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NRG Energy (Princeton N.J., U.S.A.), one of the largest power operators in the U.S., formed a new company last month with the University of Delaware to test out how vehicle-to-grid (V2G) can keep a grid stable as the share of intermittent renewable energy sources rises.  V2G allows electric cars to pump electricity back into the grid when power demand spikes.

Telit modules used in real time, wireless breath alcohol device

Telit Wireless Solutions, the North American technology arm of Telit Communications PLC (Trieste, Italy), announced that its cellular M2M module will provide wireless connectivity for breath alcohol ignition interlock provider LifeSafer’s (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.) wireless breath alcohol device, which allows law enforcement authorities to monitor DUI offenders in real time.

CEZ installs smart meters in Bulgaria

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Czech power group CEZ (Prague, Czech Republic) plans to have 23,500 smart energy meters installed in western Bulgaria by the end of 2012 to help modernize its power grid and boost its efficiency, the company said on Wednesday.

CEZ -- central and Eastern Europe's largest utility -- has already installed more than 18,000 smart meters costing some $46.5 million since 2009, it said in a statement. The number should hit 20,000 by the end of 2011.

IBM joins European Consortium to build smart grid using renewable energy

IBM (Armonk, N.Y., U.S.A.) last week announced it has joined a collaborative consortium to help develop an energy grid that uses at least 50% of renewable energy sources, such as wind power, solar energy and biogas. Led by a European Union-funded consortium, the EcoGrid EU project will demonstrate a smart energy grid that will allow smart devices to use renewable electricity based on near real-time pricing and availability, according to the consortium.

M2M- improving lives one application at a time

The adoption of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications has really come on strong during the past 12 - 24 months. Component, hardware and network costs have all decreased to levels that make the development and sale of M2M applications an attractive business opportunity across a growingly diverse set of vertical industries. In fact, Analysys Mason is predicting that the global market for M2M devices will grow to 2.1 billion connected devices by 2020, up from 62 million in 2010.

M2M executives speak: the shift from 2G to 3G, 4G in M2M

Reporting live from the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, the M2M Zone has had a chance to speak with many leading industry executives to get their take on one of the hot topics of the week: 2G versus 3G and 4G in M2M applications.


It seems that everyone has their own opinion on the matter, but most agree that 2G isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Is simplicity the key to M2M?

This week, the M2M Zone was on the floor and in the conferences at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, and one topic that was stressed from some of the top industry executives was simplicity.  There is no question that the technology behind M2M applications is complicated, and it will remain complicated.  The simplicity these executives were referring to was in the eyes of the consumer.

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