Smart Grid development to cut carbon, provide U.S. jobs, says Duke report

Research from the Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness today released a report, "U.S. Smart Grid: Finding new ways to cut carbon and create jobs."

National Instruments announces 2011 Green Engineering Grant program

Program gives special focus to accelerating development of smart grid technology

National Instruments yesterday announced its 2011 Green Engineering Grant program, a worldwide competitive program that fosters rapid design, prototyping and commercialization of promising new renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart grid systems. Through the program, NI will donate up to $25,000 USD equivalent in NI LabVIEW graphical system design software tools and training to eligible startups to help advance clean energy development in applications such as solar, wind and biofuel technology.

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom-Orange to form procurement joint venture

Deutsche Telekom AG and France Telecom-Orange announced yesterday they have agreed to combine their procurement activities of customer equipment, network equipment, service platforms and IT infrastructure in a 50/50 joint venture starting with four pilot-projects. For this purpose they signed a non-binding Term Sheet which will be the basis for final contracts yet to be negotiated.

Sprint launches 'green' Android smartphone for $49.99

Sprint today unveiled several progressive initiatives building on Sprint’s environmental work in the wireless industry, including upcoming availability of the Samsung Replenish from Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile). Samsung Replenish, an Android touch QWERTY smartphone enabled with Sprint ID, will be available on May 8 for $49.99 with a two-year service agreement and new-line activation or eligible upgrade.

SK Telecom to cooperate with China Mobile for joint development in mobile games, M2M

SK Telecom announced that it will establish a cooperative relationship with China's biggest telecommunications company, China Mobile, in areas of mobile games and M2M.

SK Telecom signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Mobile Jiangsu on April 8 in Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province. The two companies agreed to jointly develop content and platforms in areas of mobile games and M2M (Machine-to-Machine). China Mobile Jiangsu is a branch of China Mobile that is responsible for the company's overall games business.

Smart metering industry group praises commission's smart grid statement, but says action must follow words

The European Smart Metering Industry Group (ESMIG), representing the leading companies in the area of smart metering, welcomed the European Commission's Communication on Smart Grids, but says that efforts in the area of smart grids have to be expedited if the EU is going to meet its 20-20-20 goals.

Microsoft and Toyota announce strategic telematics partnership

Microsoft Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. last week announced that they have forged a strategic partnership and plan to build a global platform for TMC's next-generation telematics services using the Windows Azure platform. Telematics is the fusing of telecommunications and information technologies in vehicles; it can encompass GPS systems, energy management and other multimedia technologies.

Cybit and Masternaut merge, create unified European telematics company

Cybit and Masternaut, both European telematics companies providing vehicle tracking, fleet and driver management solutions, Monday announced that they have combined to form a single, pan-European telematics company. The new organization, which retains the Masternaut name, will have more than 500 employees supporting a 10,000-strong customer base across 32 countries.

Telehealth, collaboration, supported by worldwide health care leaders, says Cisco survey

Telehealth and collaboration technology could transform health care delivery, say senior health care leaders from around the world, according to a survey conducted by the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Research & Economics Practice and Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) released Wednesday at the World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C.

USDA announces rural electric smart grid funding

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that 10 rural electric cooperatives and utilities have been awarded funding to build or expand transmission and distribution lines and provide smart grid technology to benefit nearly 20,000 rural consumers, according to a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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