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.

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.

Telecom Council Deep Dive: Infrastructure as a Service, IaaS

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, May 22, 2014
End Date: 
Thursday, May 22, 2014

San Jose, CA:

The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) industry is a young one, but it has grown incredibly fast, revolutionizing the deployment of IT infrastructure, radically altering the business model, lowering the costs of entry, and empowering hundreds of entrepreneurs to shoe-string their tech venture. Join 100 of your telecom colleagues as we dive deeper into IaaS, examine the greater trends, discuss the role of telecoms, and hear from some of the cutting edge companies changing the cloud game. 

TIA Spring Policy Summit

Date
Start Date: 
Friday, April 11, 2014
End Date: 
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cambridge, MD:

Join top ICT industry executives, influential members of Congress and policymakers from the FCC, State Department and other federal agencies for the TIA Spring Policy Summit, April 11-13 in Cambridge, MD. Hosted by the Telecommunications Industry Association, the Spring Policy Summit will address key issues involving the adoption of the Internet of Things, the spectrum crunch, broadband investment, international trade policy issues, and other regulatory challenges facing the telecom industry.

Orbcomm completes takeover of Euroscan Holdings

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 strengthens 2G capability with Jazz takeover

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.

Digi signs global distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics

Managed services player Digi International has expanded its distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics to cover the global market.

The companies had previously had an agreement addressing the North American region but will now be able to service large multinational projects.

Proteus picks UK for 'smart pill' production and testing

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A U.S. biotech company pioneering tablets containing edible embedded microchips that can tell if patients have taken their medication is to establish its first international manufacturing site in Britain.

Privately held Proteus Digital Health (Redwood City, CA, USA), which is working with drugmakers including Novartis and Otsuka, said on Monday the new site would employ some 200 skilled staff and serve as a hub for the emerging digital medicine industry.

Azoi launches mobile health-monitoring device

Tech startup Azoi has launched a new health-monitoring device that can be embedded within a mobile phone case to measure key vitals like blood pressure, heart rate and temperature.

Branded Wello, the device incorporates powerful sensors that allow users to track important data about their personal health on a daily basis.

US extends Terremark contract as Healthcare.gov host

The Obama administration said on Friday Verizon Communications Inc's Terremark unit will remain under contract as host of the federal website HealthCare.gov to better ensure a smooth end to Obamacare's open enrollment period on March 31.

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