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.

Cellphone-to-WiFi roaming will be here in next year, says GSMA

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Within a year cellphones will be able to use operators' WiFi hotspots without cumbersome logging-in procedures, giving consumers faster access to the Internet on the go, a new industry initiative promised on Tuesday.


The initiative from two industry groups - the GSMA and the Wireless Broadband Alliance - aims to provide technical and commercial solutions for WiFi roaming, which would also ease the traffic load on operators' already crowded networks.

IBM ramps up data analytics offerings

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On Tuesday, International Business Machines (IBM) launched three services to help companies sift and understand so-called "big data," hoping to get some of the $120 billion or more that businesses are expected to invest in data analytics by 2015.

Report: M2M growth in Southeast Asia needs regulatory incentives

Unless the countries in Southeast Asia create a specific regulatory framework, machine-to-machine communication (M2M) will be unable to develop into a successful market, says management consulting firm Detecon International. More than any other factors, the high costs for switching providers and the expense of roaming - a consequence of a lack of specific M2M fees - are obstacles to M2M growth.

Speed management tool could save ships 3% annually on fuel costs

Eniram Ltd., a provider of real time decision-support systems for the shipping industry, claims that its latest machine-to-machine (M2M) software tool will help change the way the shipping industry manages speed, engine use and fuel consumption.


Eniram’s (Helsinki, Finland) new product, Optimum Speed Assistant (OSA), launched last week, is an onboard decision support tool that enables a ship’s crew to attain the optimum speed profile for each voyage, allowing vessels to maintain a constant performance and arrive into ports just in time.

Iberdrola to deploy an additional one million smart meters in Spain

Iberdrola, a Spanish utility company, has awarded seven companies contracts to supply one million meters with remote management capabilities, to advance its smart grid projects in Spain.


This award follows others made by the company in the last two years to roll out new distribution technology in the country. With this new award, accumulated investment reaches $395 million.

Gemalto issues additional 15 Million eHealth cards in Germany

Gemalto, a provider of digital security, will issue an additional 15 million second-generation (2G) eHealth cards to AOK in 2012. AOK (Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse), the health insurance fund, looks after around 25 million people, approximately one third of the population in Germany.

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