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 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.
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.
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.
Digi International and Wind River, on Tuesday announced a collaboration to deliver a new family of cloud-connected wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) services. The M2M Solution Builder kits will include a combination of hardware, software, cloud connectivity and access to tailored M2M development services.
MyDrive Solutions, an insurance telematics provider, on Monday announced the launch of its insurance smart box product to market - MyDrive Dynamic - which will enable car insurance companies to use driving behavioral data, as derived by the latest data capture technology, to assess the risk presented by individual drivers, and price car insurance premiums accordingly.
Within a year cellphones will be able to use operators' WiFi hotspots without cumbersome logging-in procedures, giving consumers faster access to the Internet on the go, a new industry initiative promised on Tuesday.
The initiative from two industry groups - the GSMA and the Wireless Broadband Alliance - aims to provide technical and commercial solutions for WiFi roaming, which would also ease the traffic load on operators' already crowded networks.
On Tuesday, International Business Machines (IBM) launched three services to help companies sift and understand so-called "big data," hoping to get some of the $120 billion or more that businesses are expected to invest in data analytics by 2015.
Unless the countries in Southeast Asia create a specific regulatory framework, machine-to-machine communication (M2M) will be unable to develop into a successful market, says management consulting firm Detecon International. More than any other factors, the high costs for switching providers and the expense of roaming - a consequence of a lack of specific M2M fees - are obstacles to M2M growth.
Eniram Ltd., a provider of real time decision-support systems for the shipping industry, claims that its latest machine-to-machine (M2M) software tool will help change the way the shipping industry manages speed, engine use and fuel consumption.
Eniram’s (Helsinki, Finland) new product, Optimum Speed Assistant (OSA), launched last week, is an onboard decision support tool that enables a ship’s crew to attain the optimum speed profile for each voyage, allowing vessels to maintain a constant performance and arrive into ports just in time.