Dutch module maker Gemalto has teamed up with software giant Oracle and smart-grid specialist V2COM on the development of M2M technology aimed at Latin America’s vast smart-grid market.
The company says its modules are to be used in a new smart grid platform that also features Java-based software from Oracle and will be able to relay information to utilities’ back-end IT systems using technology developed by V2COM.
The platform should facilitate the use of “big data” analytics, allowing utilities to reduce energy losses and improve customer service.
M2M specialist Digi International has teamed up with networks vendor Ericsson on the installation of a power distribution monitoring system for utility provider Shandong Power.
Although the work for Shandong Power is described as a pilot project, the “strategic collaboration” between Digi (Minnetonka, MN, USA) and Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) marks a significant push into China’s M2M market and could lead to major opportunities in future.
Smart meter specialist Itron says its residential smart-metering solution has now been certified for use in Brazil.
In a statement published on its website, the company announced that its OpenWay Centron meter received certification in July and that it can now be deployed to address a wide variety of needs in Brazil, including smart payment, distribution-generated and ‘white tariff’ or dynamic pricing capabilities.
Cellular M2M revenues are set to grow at a compound annual rate of 20.3% between 2013 and 2017, according to new research from Yankee Group.
The market-research company expects connectivity revenues from M2M services provided by cellular operators to rise from $5 billion in 2013 to $10.6 billion in 2017.
The growth rate compares with predictions of an 8.8% increase in mobile data revenues over the same period, and a 3.3% decline in revenues from mobile voice services.
UK authorities have announced their preferred suppliers for contracts worth some £2.8 billion ($4.39 billion) that form part of the nationwide rollout of a smart grid aimed at reducing energy costs and waste, with Capita, Spanish telecoms operator Telefonica and CGI among the winning bidders.
According to a statement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, outsourcing specialist Capita (London, UK) will become the Data and Communications Company (DCC) provider in a deal worth some £175 million.
UK-based mobile phone giant Vodafone has formed an agreement with Brazil’s Datora Telecom that will allow it to enter the Latin American country’s burgeoning M2M market.
Vodafone (Newbury, UK) said it was looking to support the growing number of multinational businesses that want to provide M2M services in Brazil.
It plans to work with Datora (Sao Paolo, Brazil) on providing customers with high-quality M2M communications services.
Communications provider RigNet has announced a $25 million takeover of energy broadband assets owned by satellite operator Inmarsat, including an M2M network that serves the US pipeline industry.
Under the deal, RigNet (Houston, TX, USA) – which specializes in providing managed communications services to the oil and gas industry – will also become a distribution partner of Global Xpress, Inmarsat’s (London, UK) high-throughput satellite communications network.
French ministers have given their approval to the rollout of a nationwide smart grid by GrDF, France’s natural gas distribution business.
In a statement published on its website, GrDF (Paris, France) said that Pierre Moscovici, France’s economy minister, and Philippe Martin, its ecology minister, had given their conditional approval to the scheme, and would make a final decision following a tender for the rollout to be conducted by GrDF.
New Zealand’s SmartCo has hired Silver Spring Networks for the deployment of a smart grid across the country.
Under the agreement, SmartCo (Auckland, New Zealand) will offer smart metering services to energy retailers based on Silver Spring’s (Redwood City, CA, USA) platform, while SmartCo members will use the same platform to provide improved services to consumers, such as faster outage detection and restoration and improved power quality.
M2M hardware specialist u-blox has launched a new module that works on GSM and GPRS networks and is designed for use in devices operating in potentially explosive environments, such as gas smart meters.
The so-called SARA G350 ATEX provides support for a range of M2M applications requiring dual or quad-band GSM/GPRS, voice and data and in-band modem support for eCall and ERA GLOSNASS vehicle emergency call applications.