Siemens, Streetline launch M2M parking services for cities

On Tuesday, Siemens Industry, Inc. and Streetline, a provider of smart parking services, announced an advanced parking service combining smart parking meters, sensors and applications to provide cities with parking options for residents and visitors while reducing traffic congestion in downtown areas.

Eurotech launched biometric face recognition system for security applications

Eurotech, a supplier of embedded technologies, products and systems, last week announced the launch of SekuFACE, a new family of IP-based Biometric Face Recognition Systems that target demanding security applications where intelligent association of personal identity and permission rights is needed.

Report: smart grid worth $100 billion by 2020

A new report by NRG Expert, a global energy research company, shows the potential of the smart grid market.

Garmin enters in-car infotainment market with Suzuki system

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., a provider of satellite navigation, on Monday announced that it will provide a fully integrated, factory-installed infotainment system for most American 2013 model year Suzuki vehicles.

Numerex launches updated M2M interactive platform

Numerex Corp, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) products and services, announced on Tuesday the launch of its M2M interactive platform. The new capabilities - including web services application program interfaces, website integration, and integrated smartphone applications - are part of the configurable cloud-based Platform as a Service (PaaS) that supports interactive data, location, and messaging services. The platform leverages the Numerex carrier-grade infrastructure with geographic redundancy for the delivery of M2M connectivity and services, says the company.

InterDigital, Cinterion extend patent agreement, include 4G coverage

On Monday, InterDigital, Inc, a wireless telecommunications research and development company, announced that its patent holding subsidiaries have amended their worldwide, non-exclusive, patent license agreement with Cinterion Wireless Modules. The agreement has been amended to add coverage for the 4G technologies LTE and WiMAX, and to extend the license term to 2016.

Building smart cities with small cell networks: a U.S. perspective

Smart Cities are potentially the next sizeable economic opportunity, not only for operators, but also for city governments. Cities of all sizes, ranging up to eight million people, have been testing and deploying smart applications and services to increase efficiencies and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses. Small cell network technology can be deployed to build a sphere of wireless coverage encompassing entire segments of a city, including indoor facilities and other venues that often fall into coverage gaps or are just too costly for macro network deployment.

Echelon, Holley Metering create smart grid joint venture in China

Echelon Corporation, a provider of energy control networking for the smart grid, and Holley Metering Limited, a smart metering vendor in China, on Tuesday announced an agreement under which the two companies will form a new joint venture company in China, Zhejiang Echelon-Holley Technology Co., Ltd. (Echelon-Holley), to focus on the development and sales of advanced smart metering products for China.

Canadian city saving up to $1 million annually with smart grid for water project

The City of Barrie, Ontario is saving $600,000 to $1 million annually since launching its smart grid for water project.  The project involved installing the Sensus FlexNet fixed-base wireless communications system and equipping all of its 42,000 residential water meters and 2,500 commercial and industrial water meters with radio transmitters, says Sensus.

Report: US utilities investment in smart meters driven by public policy

Fitch Ratings, a global rating agency, expects smart meters will play a growing role in federal and state regulatory and political policymaking, future retail rate design and system reliability standards, according to a report published last week.              

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