The benefits of smart grids still need to be communicated to industry and consumers in the UK, even though there is clearly an appetite for energy-sector change, according to a new report by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC).
According to the study, various key issues have yet to be tackled in preparing for the “smart” revolution, including low levels of public understanding, misuse of data and concerns that energy suppliers will be able to remotely control home appliances.
Nordic countries are a hotspot for M2M growth, with the number of “connected things” in the region already surpassing its total population, according to new research from TeliaSonera and Arthur D. Little.
The study predicts that by 2017 there will be 2.6 connected things per person, with solutions for connecting buildings, vehicles, people and consumer gadgets all driving growth.
Japanese firms Briscola and Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) have teamed up to develop cloud-based M2M services, revealing that solar-power company Asahi Denshi has become their first customer.
Under the strategic alliance, Briscola (Tokyo, Japan) will contribute its expertise in developing sensor-driven cloud platforms, with IIJ (Tokyo, Japan) providing the necessary infrastructure to support M2M services.
Briscola and IIJ say they have already built a “proof-of-concept” environment for a solar-monitoring system on behalf of Asahi Denshi.
Spain’s Telefonica has announced a partnership with LG, Samsung and Sony Mobile to support the development of emerging smart wearables technology.
Under the agreement, announced at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) aims to integrate its services with smart wearables being developed by the three device makers.
Telefonica notes that it remains open to agreements with other market players, including manufacturers and content providers, aimed at ensuring devices are commercially successful.
M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless has launched a global SIM for M2M and IoT devices, allowing enterprises to manage and update mobile operator profiles and policies remotely.
The company said the SIM – announced at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow – would be integrated with its platform services and meet demand for more efficient and cost-effective M2M device activation.
Telenor Connexion aims to strengthen its M2M offering through a deal with software-defined networking player Asavie Technologies that will allow it to speed up the deployment of M2M services.
With Asavie’s (Dublin, Ireland) M2M Connect technology, Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden) believes it will be able to activate more complicated M2M deployments in hours – even where bi-directional routing or firewalling are required.
Swedish networks vendor Ericsson has signed up another customer to its smart-metering services in the form of Italgas, a natural gas distributor in Italy.
Under the deal, Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) is to build an advanced meter management and reading system and integrate this with existing systems for some 150,000 large and industrial customers of Italgas (Turin, Italy).
The system will be the first in Italy’s gas market, allowing Italgas to gather data from gas meters and transfer it to its own internal IT environment.
M2M player Sierra Wireless has teamed up with India’s Tech Mahindra to provide what they claim will be a fully managed service for M2M customers in the energy, transportation, industrial and healthcare sectors.
The partnership will make use of Sierra’s (Richmond, Canada) device-to-cloud offerings as well as Tech Mahindra’s system integration and application development expertise.
Google is lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass, marking some of the first clashes over the nascent wearable technology.
Some eight U.S. states are considering regulation of Google Glass, a tiny computer screen mounted in the corner of an eyeglass frame. Law enforcement and other groups are concerned that drivers wearing the devices will pay more attention to their email than the road, causing serious accidents.
Deutsche Telekom is launching a new cloud-based service allowing companies to manage and monitor M2M devices with greater ease.
The service appears aimed primarily at helping machinery operators to track the performance of their equipment – allowing sensor data to be processed using ERP or other systems.