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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Satellite and M2M specialist Orbcomm has acquired Euroscan Holdings in a bid to boost its presence in Europe’s transportation and heavy equipment sectors.
Euroscan (Hoensbroek, Netherlands) develops systems to monitor compliance with regulations on refrigerated transportation temperatures and serves customers in the global food and pharmaceuticals industries.
Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) said the terms of the acquisition would be made available in forthcoming public filings, but it expects the takeover will strengthen its portfolio of services.
Kore Telematics has taken over Jazz Wireless Data to expand its footprint and expertise in the M2M connectivity area.
Under the deal, whose terms were not disclosed, Kore (Alpharetta, GA, USA) will acquire a “six-figure” subscriber base from Jazz (Raleigh, NC, USA), which provides M2M networking services in North America.
Scandinavia’s Tele2 has announced a deal with CSL Dualcom under which it will provide connectivity services for security, healthcare and general M2M applications in the European region.
CSL Dualcom (Harefield, UK) has developed a platform that allows alarm signals to be delivered securely and reliably to control centers, and claims to have pioneered the move from wired to wireless technology in this area.
The tie-up with Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden) will allow it to improve the process of deploying and managing connectivity solutions from start to finish.
M2M Zone exhibitors gathered at this week’s CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany unveiled details of some exciting new products and services, while others provided updates on their strategies for addressing the ever-expanding M2M opportunity. Below we provide summaries of the main announcements.