Smart Grid communications node shipments to top 103 mln units in 2020: Report

According to a new report from Pike Research, shipments of communications nodes associated with the smart grid will climb to nearly 103 million in 2020, from just over 58 million in 2011. Revenue from this equipment will peak at $2.96 billion in 2014, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts, returning to just under $2.6 billion per year in 2020.

IDT launches single-phase power metering SoC for smart grids

Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT), a provider of mixed-signal semiconductor services, on Tuesday announced the launch of its single-phase power metering system-on-chip (SoC) for smart grid applications.


The IDT 90E46 is a single-phase SoC for smart meter designs, which integrates an energy metering analog front-end with a real-time clock, temperature sensor, LCD driver, and ARM Cortex M0 microprocessor, says IDT (San Jose, Calif., USA).

LTE hotspots, a better alternative to smartphone tethering

Worldwide data networks are about to be buried beneath an avalanche of wireless data traffic. The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecasts that by 2015, there will be 26 times as much mobile data traffic as there was in 2010 – a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 92%. Cisco VNI also projects that, by 2015, there will be two network-connected devices for every man, woman, and child on the planet—with WiFi and mobile devices accounting for 54% of all IP traffic.  

Gemalto deploys M2M services in Saudi Arabia

Gemalto, a digital security provider, announced on Monday that Mobily, a mobile operators in Saudi Arabia, has selected its Machine Identification Module (MIM) for the deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) services. The devices will be installed for upcoming Saudi M2M projects in the power management and transportation industries such as smart grid metering and fleet tracking.


The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

PND vendors shifting strategies to compete with mobile apps

Shifts in the product offerings by Personal Navigation Device (PND) vendors can be seen as a bid to prevail in a market that is expected to decline by over 40% by 2016, says ABI Research.

Smart grid security investments to total $14 billion by 2018: Report

According to a recent report by Pike Research, utility operators are now in open discussions about protection products for smart grid security, and these conversations will lead to significant growth in the sector over the next several years. Cumulative smart grid cyber security investment from 2011 to 2018 will total $14 billion, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts.

Digi launches multi-channel wireless module for India

On Tuesday, Digi International released the XBee 865LP, a multi-channel 865 MHz wireless module that features up to 10 channels for interference immunity. The module can improve network performance in "noisy" wireless environments and offers twice the range of other modules, says the company. The low-power module is based on Analog Device's ADF7023 transceiver and can be used for energy management, sensor deployments and other wireless networking applications.

IEEE announces five new standards for smart grids

IEEE, a professional association focused on advancing technology, on Monday announced five new standards, as well as a modified standards-development project, that are all intended to aid the rollout of the smart grid worldwide. The new standards and standards projects recently approved by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board carve new dimensions into the IEEE portfolio of more than 100 active standards or standards in development relevant to the smart grid.

Telit HSPA+ M2M module enables connectivity in personal trackers

On Tuesday, Telit Wireless Solutions, the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, announces that its HE910, a pentaband HSPA+ M2M module, enables connectivity in the personal tracker from WH Electronics Inc., a provider of electronic controllers and systems for the automotive Industry

Legislation largest driver for telematics

Telematics is quickly becoming a major vertical in the machine-to-machine (M2M) marketplace, but according to Cyril Zeller, senior sales director of the global telematics segment at Telit, telematics is growing but it is nowhere compared to where it should be.


There are numerous well-known projects and collaborations going on in the telematics sector, but these projects have yet to see large-scale deployments.

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