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.
Technology player PTC has announced a $112 million takeover of M2M specialist ThingWorx as it looks to capitalize on growing demand for M2M services.
PTC (Needham, MA, USA) serves manufacturers across a variety of vertical markets and says the takeover of ThingWorx (Exton, PA, USA) – which has developed a platform for the creation and management of M2M applications – will allow it to support customer needs for “smart, connected products”.
US telecoms giant AT&T has launched a new cloud-based M2M service aimed at fuelling the development of new applications and boosting take-up of its managed services.
Branded the AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) M2X Developer Kit, the service includes a cloud-based data storage service that will allow customers to manage the data collected from connected devices.
The other component is a Control Center powered by M2M platforms provider Jasper Wireless (Mountain View, CA, USA), enabling M2M developers to transmit and collect data from SIMs on any connected machine.
Indian IT giant Wipro says it is teaming up with Swedish telecoms operator Tele2 on the development of new products and services for the M2M market.
The companies say their partnership is aimed at developing solutions that will reduce costs and open up new revenue streams for M2M customers.
The deal is the latest in a series of M2M moves by Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden), which operates telecoms networks in several European markets.
German telecoms operator Deutsche Telekom claims it will soon become the world’s first company to offer a modular solution for smart metering using so-called ‘software as a service’ (SaaS) technology.
The service will give utility companies a selection of tools for energy provision and management, and includes a gateway administration service, the installation of meters and gateways, the communications link, a meter data-management system and an IT system based on SAP (Walldorf, Germany), with which Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) has a long-standing partnership.