A trial involving 25 household in the Hoogkerk district of the City of Groningen, Netherlands - PowerMatching City - has demonstrated that it is possible to create a 'smart grid' with a corresponding market model, using existing technologies. The system enables consumers to freely exchange electricity and keeps the comfort level up to par. This is the first time in Europe, and insofar as known worldwide, that the results of a live smart grid community are known at this technological scale.
Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday that it now sells more digital e-books than paper books and that its recently introduced lower-priced Kindle e-reader is outselling other versions of the device.
Amazon, which does not divulge exact sales figures for the Kindle or e-books, said that for every 100 print books it has sold since April 1, it has sold 105 e-books. That includes both paperback and hardcover books, but excludes free downloads.
Last month, Amazon introduced a Kindle for $114, or $25 less than its next most expensive version, featuring advertising.
Verizon Wireless (New York, NY) and Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (Franklin Lakes, New Jersey) today announced a mobile application that can instantly guide patients and their doctors to the lowest-cost prescription drug to meet their health needs and help them identify potentially harmful drug interactions. The new Medco Pharmacy mobile app delivers critical information to help Medco members manage their prescription medications.
Saxon Infotech, Inc. (Columbia, MD), a strategic IT services consulting, development and staffing firm, announces today that it is making a significant investment of talent and resources to support and participate in a joint development effort with a major Institute of Technology and Research to develop and bring to market a cloud-based mobile telemedicine application. The company is targeting delivery in the second quarter of 2012.
VeriFone Systems, Inc. (San Jose, CA), and MICROS Systems, Inc. (Columbia, MD), today announced a solution that integrates restaurant management systems with smart mobile devices, allowing consumers to pay at the table with electronic wallets on mobile phones utilizing Near Field Communications (NFC).
Hitachi, Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) Cyber Defense Institute, Inc. (NY, USA), JFE Engineering Corporation (Tokyo, Japan), Sharp Corporation (Osaka, Japan), Hewlett-Packard Japan, Ltd. (Palo Alto, CA), and Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) Tuesday announced that U.S. and Japan companies have been selected as contractors for joint "Project" collaboration supporting a world-leading Smart Grid project on Maui, a Hawaiian island that will serve as the Project site. The Project will be spearheaded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization ("NEDO").
This past April, the M2M service platform of Telenor Connexion (Fornebu, Norway) was acquired by network equipment provider Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden), a long-time supplier to the telecom industry. In an exclusive interview, Telecom Connexion clarified the nature of the deal and its plans for moving forward in the M2M sector.
AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. for $39 billion still needs to clear regulatory hurdles, which leaves unanswered questions for the future. These questions deepened Monday when it was announced that RACO Wireless would remain the preferred M2M service provider for T-Mobile USA, and that John Horn, the national director of M2M for T-Mobile USA, would be leaving to serve as president at RACO Wireless, and bringing along most of his M2M staff.
M2M (Machine to Machine) connections will be the catalyst for over $35 billion of service revenues across a diverse range of industry sectors by the end of 2016, finds a new report by Juniper Research.
Sectors identified by the report as having particular potential included: Consumer and commercial telematics; smart metering; Point of sale; Retail; Banking; Mobile health monitoring; Smart buildings and security.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced Monday that it has acquired the transmission and distribution (T&D) engineering capabilities of Patrick Energy Services (PES), a provider of performance-based transmission and distribution power system solutions. The acquisition will enhance SAIC's energy and smart grid services portfolio, adding additional T&D engineering services to the company's existing capabilities in a growing market.