Smart-city deployments to become a key policy area: ABI Research

The deployment of smart-city technologies and intelligent transportation services (ITS) is set to become a key policy area for local governments, according to a new study from ABI Research.

Penetration of ITS technologies in smart cities will range from 20% (in the case of autonomous vehicles) to 98% (traffic management) by 2025, according to the market-research company.

Numerex upgrades smart-irrigation system for ETwater

Numerex says it has completed its deployment of M2M technology for ETwater, which has developed an innovative “smart irrigation” service allowing customers to save on water usage.

The technology upgrade carried out by Numerex (Atlanta, GA, USA) involved the use of the M2M player’s FAST-branded cloud service and the introduction of a web-based management portal.

Numerex claims the use of FAST will allow ETwater (Novato, CA, USA) to provide faster and more reliable wireless connectivity and help ETwater’s customers to boost return on investment.

Westbase to distribute Vodafone M2M router

Westbase Technology is to begin distributing Vodafone’s MachineLink 3G router, which has been designed for use across a number of vertical markets globally.

In a statement the company said the router would provide M2M connectivity in areas covered by 2G and 3G cellular networks, and could be “mass deployed” to connect remote assets, premises, equipment and vehicles using Vodafone’s (Newbury, UK) network or infrastructure available from Vodafone partners.

Wireless Logic overhauls SIMPro platform

Managed services player Wireless Logic says it has carried out a “major overhaul” of its SIMPro platform, which allows users to remotely control a range of activities through SIM-connected devices.

Besides mainstream features like provisioning, tariff selection and personalized billing, the new platform supports applications including activation profile settings – allowing devices to be developed and configured directly on to new SIMs.

The company says this is especially important because configuration of SIMs to specific profiling can be a very time-consuming process.

Itron wins smart-meter contract with Pennsylvania's FirstEnergy

Smart-meter developer Itron says it will deploy more than two million smart meters for US utility owner FirstEnergy, which hopes to reduce its own costs and improve the service it offers to its energy customers in Pennsylvania.

The contract will see Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) launch smart-grid services across four Pennsylvania-based utilities owned by FirstEnergy (Akron, OH, USA) – Metropolitan Edison, Pennsylvania Electric, Pennsylvania Power and West Penn Power.

Malaysia's TNB to kick off smart-grid pilot: report

Malaysian energy provider Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is reportedly about to start work on a pilot project that will investigate the use of smart-grid technology for realizing efficiency improvements.

According to a report from the Malaysian Reserve business daily, the utility will install 1,000 smart meters in Putrajaya and Malacca over a one-year period starting in June.

Smart Metering Systems flags 53% profit growth in 2013

UK-based Smart Metering Systems has reported impressive gains in net income and revenues for 2013 on the back of rising demand among gas suppliers for its range of technology products.

The company’s net income rose to £6.6 million ($10.98 million), from £4.3 million in 2012, while sales increased from £21 million to £27.9 million over the same period.

Smart home monitoring devices to exceed half a billion by 2018: ABI Research

The number of wireless smart home monitoring devices is set to reach more than half a billion globally by 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research, up from just 17.23 million in 2013.

Those devices include contact and motion sensors, smart thermostats and smart plugs, all of which will become increasingly popular as users adopt smart-home technologies and extend existing systems, says the market-research company.

Asia Pacific to invest $63 billion in smart cities to 2023: Navigant Research

Smart-city technology investments in the Asia Pacific will total $63 billion between 2014 and 2023, says a new paper from Navigant Research, as cities look to address a multitude of contemporary problems, including rising energy costs, congested transportation networks and climate change.

Wi-SUN Alliance, HomePlug form smart-grid pact

The Wi-SUN Alliance and the HomePlug Alliance have teamed up on the development of hybrid smart-grid networks that will support both wireless and powerline-wired connectivity.

The organizations say the collaboration will allow their members to share requirements and specifications for Media Access Control and transport layer profiles, facilitating interoperability between various IP-based smart-grid applications.

Phil Beecher, chairman of the Wi-SUN Alliance, heralded the deal as a “shining model of cooperation” for industry alliances and standards bodies.

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