The two conference sessions addressed questions about enterprise applications in the exploding field of M2M, or the Internet of Things. Moderated by Beecham Research CEO Robin Duke-Woolley, the sessions covered topics such as Long Term Connectivity, Small Vs Large Deployments, and Customer Service.
British prime minister David Cameron has announced a £45 million ($75 million) funding boost for the development of M2M technologies, including services aimed at reducing energy consumption, according to press reports.
Speaking at this week’s CeBIT IT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany, Cameron is reported to have said the UK government will double public-sector funding for companies addressing opportunities in the fast-growing M2M sector.
EDMI has signed a contract with the UK’s Arqiva to provide the communications hub that will be used to support the rollout of smart meters in Scotland and the north of England.
Under their smart-grid program, UK authorities are aiming to install 53 million meters in 30 homes and small businesses throughout Britain by 2020.
The contract win for EDMI (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) will see the technology player design, make and supply the communications hubs being used in the northern region.
Silver Spring Networks has been chosen by Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to support what it claims will be North America’s largest networked street-lighting deployment.
Under the deal, the company will connect some 75,000 street lights across south Florida using its wireless IPv6 mesh networking technology.
It will also provide management and control software for connecting and controlling street lights in the Miami-Dade Country region.
Smart-grid players Itron and Tantalus have been selected to provide advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in the US Virgin Islands as part of the territory’s rollout of more energy-efficient infrastructure.
According to a statement from the companies, the US Virgin Islands Water and Power authority (VIWAPA) has chosen a joint solution from Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) and Tantalus (Raleigh, NC, USA) for the AMI deployment.
Utility spending on asset management and grid monitoring technology is to hit almost $50 billion by 2023, according to a new study from Navigant Research.
The market-research company says that with the advent of the smart grid the inclusion of sensing and monitoring system is beginning to make “economic sense” for utilities, with the result that cumulative spending on these technologies will amount to $49.2 billion between 2014 and 2023.
Actility and Semtech have teamed up on the launch of a new low-cost and long-range radio solution for M2M applications.
Branded ThingPark Wireless, the service is designed to help original equipment manufacturers and integrators to connect end points to the cloud for smart building, smart factory and smart city deployments.
The technology is based on radio transceivers developed by Semtech (Camarillo, CA, USA) and Actility’s (Lannion, France) wireless M2M gateway and includes and open cloud-based platform for application development.
Illinois utility ComEd has announced plans to speed up its deployment of smart meters in the state, claiming its revised timetable will lead to considerable cost savings for customers.
The utility – the largest in Illinois – appears to have come under pressure from local authorities to complete its installation of more than four million smart meters by 2018, instead of the current deadline of 2021.
Smart-meter developer Itron says it has been chosen by France’s GrDF to provide 3.7 million smart gas meters in what represents one of the world’s largest deployments by a gas utility.
The meters will be rolled out as part of GrDF’s (Paris, France) smart gas meter project, through which it is aiming to reduce costs and improve the service it provides to customers. GrDF also believes the smart-meter deployment will create new jobs within the sector.
Rising electricity costs and increasing demand on the grid are forcing large commercial businesses in South Africa to look at the introduction of new energy-efficiency initiatives and technologies, according to research from Frost & Sullivan.
The market-research company says South African companies are becoming increasingly aware that reducing energy usage will lower operating expenditure, improve profit margins and enhance their brand image.