Telecom operator Telefónica (Madrid Spain), through its recently created unit Telefónica Digital, and China Unicom (Beijing, China) last week signed a strategic agreement to promote the development of M2M and the Internet of Things in a global scope. The objective of the partnership includes making advances in the M2M industry through different technologies such as cellular communications, identification by radiofrequency (RFID), sensors and global positioning systems (GPS).
According to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (New York), a technical professional association, nearly every traffic accident caused by driver error – up to 90% of all crashes – could be eliminated if existing intelligent transportation technologies were implemented in our vehicles and roads. These include electronics and computing technologies such as in-vehicle machine vision and sensors to detect drowsy drivers, lane departure warning systems, and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications for safety applications.
Chinese officials have outlined plans to invest nearly $500 billion in electric power infrastructure - including roughly $90 billion in smart grid technologies - by 2020, a strategy experts say could significantly improve the nation's energy efficiency and cement a dominant position in the smart grid market.
Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a wireless M2M device provider, announced that Siemens AG (Munich, Germany) is using its services to enhance its smart metering product with a web-based energy consumption and management platform. The Digi X-Grid is an “Extended Grid” that enables real-time, IP-based monitoring and control of home energy devices beyond the electric meter.
The total number of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) on the world’s roadways will grow from 479,000 in 2011 to 695,000 by 2017, a 45% increase, according to a recent report from Pike Research (Boulder, Co., U.S.A.). Annual NEV sales will rise from 37,000 vehicles to nearly 55,000 units by 2017, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts, and North America will account for 45% of worldwide sales.
Research and consulting firm Northeast Group, LLC (Washington, D.C.) last week released its Mexico Smart Grid Market Forecast, which projects the total smart grid market will reach a cumulative $8.3 billion by 2020. Mexico trails only Brazil in terms of potential for smart grid in the Latin America region. The smart metering market in Mexico represents the largest opportunity, with more than 21 million smart meters to be deployed by the end of the decade, according to the report.
On Friday, the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC), a consortium of global automakers, announced they will join key government officials and other automakers from around the world to help accelerate the development of connected vehicles by harmonizing standards.
KORE Telematics (Alpharetta Ga., U.S.A.), a wireless services provider specializing in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, last week announced the Quickstart Program for accelerating the development, testing and deployment of M2M applications.
Through partnerships with ClearConnex (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.), an embedded wireless engineering firm, and Richardson RFPD (LaFox, Ill., U.S.A.), a value-added global component distributor, KORE is now able to deliver critical components required by M2M application developers to develop and test a complete M2M solution.
NRG Energy (Princeton N.J., U.S.A.), one of the largest power operators in the U.S., formed a new company last month with the University of Delaware to test out how vehicle-to-grid (V2G) can keep a grid stable as the share of intermittent renewable energy sources rises. V2G allows electric cars to pump electricity back into the grid when power demand spikes.
Telit Wireless Solutions, the North American technology arm of Telit Communications PLC (Trieste, Italy), announced that its cellular M2M module will provide wireless connectivity for breath alcohol ignition interlock provider LifeSafer’s (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.) wireless breath alcohol device, which allows law enforcement authorities to monitor DUI offenders in real time.