Alstom has been chosen by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) to provide state-of-the-art grid security technologies for a new energy management program.
Valued at INR3.82 billion ($61.2 billion), the contract covers the supply of both hardware and software, said the technology player, in what is set to be the world’s largest grid wide area monitoring system.
US energy utility Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) has announced it will use analytics software from C3 Energy to support its rollout of a smart grid across nearly all of its two million electric and gas meters.
C3 Energy (Redwood City, CA, USA) claimed the analytics technology would “unlock tens of millions of dollars in annual recurring value” for BGE, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Chicago, IL, USA).
MVNO Raco Wireless has unveiled a new version of its Omega Management Suite M2M platform, which allows customers to control their connected solutions.
The upgrade includes a number of new features, including details of devices, usage records and billing history, “optimized visibility” on mobile devices, and full functionality on computers “without the need to download an app”.
Asset-tracking player Telogis has announced an upgrade to its cloud-based software platform allowing customers to more easily analyze the data they gather from workers, vehicles and assets in the field.
Branded Fleet 11, the upgrade includes mobile application enhancements and new maps that are optimized for mobile devices, says the company, allowing supervisors to easily visualize vehicles, assets and workers.
Energy-management specialist Itron has launched a new analytics service aimed at helping gas providers to improve operational efficiency and asset management.
The new service is aimed at utilities in North America and analyzes data from Itron’s (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) gas meters, communications modules and sensing devices to help utilities overcome problems related to aging infrastructure, rising demand and safety concerns.
GE has indicated that it is partnering with communications platform provider Trilliant on the provision of SaaS-based smart-grid services to Holly Springs in Mississippi.
The city is one of several to have signed up to GE’s (Fairfield, CT, USA) Grid IQ Solutions as a Service, along with Skiatook in Oklahoma, Norcross in Georgia and Leesburg in Florida.
All are looking to enhance operational efficiency, improve reliability and increase customer engagement through the use of the GE service.
Ericsson has secured another customer for its Device Connection Platform in the shape of Sri Lankan mobile operator Dialog Axiata.
The Swedish vendor claims the technology will give Dialog (Colombo, Sri Lanka) everything it needs to deploy and manage millions of M2M connections.
The largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka, Dialog becomes the first of the country’s players to launch an M2M platform amid growing regional demand for M2M services, and currently serves customers in the utilities, finance, telematics and transport sectors.
Middle Eastern asset-tracking player Solve IT has launched a range of new products and services based on a platform developed by Concirrus, which specializes in cloud-based M2M software.
Using “template solutions” for asset, vehicle and personnel management, the company has introduced a range of asset security solutions to Middle Eastern markets, where it serves customers in the construction, facilities management, and fleet and logistics areas.
Load curtailment from demand response programs is set to nearly triple over the next seven years, growing from 57.8 gigawatts (GW) to 140.5 GW in 2020, according to a new study from Navigant Research.
Demand response programs shift load to off-peak hours as a way of managing the every-increasing demand for electricity, and have become an important part of utilities’ business strategies over the past ten years.
Smart-grid software developer DC Systems has released a new version of its smart-grid platform aimed at increasing substation reliability and resilience while lowering the cost of deploying and managing so-called supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.
DC Systems (Redwood City, CA, USA) says configuration and management of SCADA systems has so far been a time-consuming and costly process, putting pressure on budgets as the number of automated substations grows.