Report: smart grid worth $100 billion by 2020

A new report by NRG Expert, a global energy research company, shows the potential of the smart grid market.

Garmin enters in-car infotainment market with Suzuki system

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., a provider of satellite navigation, on Monday announced that it will provide a fully integrated, factory-installed infotainment system for most American 2013 model year Suzuki vehicles.

Numerex launches updated M2M interactive platform

Numerex Corp, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) products and services, announced on Tuesday the launch of its M2M interactive platform. The new capabilities - including web services application program interfaces, website integration, and integrated smartphone applications - are part of the configurable cloud-based Platform as a Service (PaaS) that supports interactive data, location, and messaging services. The platform leverages the Numerex carrier-grade infrastructure with geographic redundancy for the delivery of M2M connectivity and services, says the company.

InterDigital, Cinterion extend patent agreement, include 4G coverage

On Monday, InterDigital, Inc, a wireless telecommunications research and development company, announced that its patent holding subsidiaries have amended their worldwide, non-exclusive, patent license agreement with Cinterion Wireless Modules. The agreement has been amended to add coverage for the 4G technologies LTE and WiMAX, and to extend the license term to 2016.

Building smart cities with small cell networks: a U.S. perspective

Smart Cities are potentially the next sizeable economic opportunity, not only for operators, but also for city governments. Cities of all sizes, ranging up to eight million people, have been testing and deploying smart applications and services to increase efficiencies and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses. Small cell network technology can be deployed to build a sphere of wireless coverage encompassing entire segments of a city, including indoor facilities and other venues that often fall into coverage gaps or are just too costly for macro network deployment.

Echelon, Holley Metering create smart grid joint venture in China

Echelon Corporation, a provider of energy control networking for the smart grid, and Holley Metering Limited, a smart metering vendor in China, on Tuesday announced an agreement under which the two companies will form a new joint venture company in China, Zhejiang Echelon-Holley Technology Co., Ltd. (Echelon-Holley), to focus on the development and sales of advanced smart metering products for China.

Canadian city saving up to $1 million annually with smart grid for water project

The City of Barrie, Ontario is saving $600,000 to $1 million annually since launching its smart grid for water project.  The project involved installing the Sensus FlexNet fixed-base wireless communications system and equipping all of its 42,000 residential water meters and 2,500 commercial and industrial water meters with radio transmitters, says Sensus.

Report: US utilities investment in smart meters driven by public policy

Fitch Ratings, a global rating agency, expects smart meters will play a growing role in federal and state regulatory and political policymaking, future retail rate design and system reliability standards, according to a report published last week.              

Digi, Wind River create cloud-based M2M services based on Intel architecture

Digi International and Wind River, on Tuesday announced a collaboration to deliver a new family of cloud-connected wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) services. The M2M Solution Builder kits will include a combination of hardware, software, cloud connectivity and access to tailored M2M development services.

New smart box used for telematics insurance

MyDrive Solutions, an insurance telematics provider, on Monday announced the launch of its insurance smart box product to market - MyDrive Dynamic - which will enable car insurance companies to use driving behavioral data, as derived by the latest data capture technology, to assess the risk presented by individual drivers, and price car insurance premiums accordingly.

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