GE wins smart-grid deal with Skiatook

GE has announced it will begin supplying smart-grid technology to Skiatook in Oklahoma as local authorities look to modernize the city’s energy infrastructure.

The system will allow Skiatook to take advantage of modern meters and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for its utility grids without having to incur significant upfront capital investments.

According to GE (Fairfield, CT, USA), a utility will be able to access the system – branded Grid IQ Solutions as a Service and introduced by the industrial giant last year – for a monthly subscription fee.

SwRI develops ERCOT-qualified vehicle-to-charging system

Non-profit R&D organization Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) says it has developed a vehicle-to-grid aggregation system that is designed to suspend vehicle charging when the electric grid frequency falls outside the normal range.

The system has been qualified by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) (Taylor, TX, USA) and is aimed at managing charging activities for fleets of electric delivery trucks.

UPA to install 40,000 digital meters for Inland P&L

Utility Partners of America (UPA) says it has been chosen by Inland Power & Light (Inland P&L) to support the installation of nearly 40,000 digital electric meters.

Work is scheduled to begin this month and be completed by the end of 2015, and will see UPA (Greenville, SC, USA) provide complete installation services to the Spokane, Washington-based electric co-operative.

CES 2014: "Connected everything" gets funding, manpower, attention

Travel conditions were terrible across much of the US, but that didn’t dampen enthusiasm for all things connected at the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. There were too many home automation vendors on the show floor to count, and suppliers of M2M infrastructure and services were also out in force to tout the benefits of connectivity, with major new initiatives/investments announced by Cisco, Intel, Wipro and Bosch, among others.

Google gains entry to home and prized team with $3.2 billion Nest deal


Google Inc took its biggest step to go deeper into consumers' homes, announcing a $3.2 billion deal to buy smart thermostat and smoke alarm-maker Nest Labs Inc, scooping up a promising line of products and a prized design team led by the "godfather" of the iPod.

Nest (Palo Alto, CA, USA) will continue to operate as its own distinct brand after the all-cash deal closes, Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) said on Monday.

The deal is the second largest in Google's history after the $12.5 billion acquisition of mobile phone maker Motorola in 2012.

Aeris claims to offer one-stop global M2M solution

M2M operator Aeris Communications is claiming to be the first M2M service provider that can offer an end-to-end solution for any geography using any wireless technology.

In a statement, the company says it has now expanded its coverage to more than 190 countries through deals with mobile operators that have a presence in those territories.

Telit partners with Parsec on miniaturization efforts

Module maker Telit has teamed up with Parsec Technologies to create what they call “the world’s lowest-profile companion solution for GPS receiver and antenna”.

The organizations say the components can be made to fit a 6x16x8mm space – making the product suitable for a wide variety of uses.

Both companies say they are making available complete application notes to simplify the engineering effort for system integrators.

Trimble to provide logistics services to HPCL

Fleet management specialist Trimble is to supply logistics solutions to the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to aid the transportation of finished products to locations across India.

HPCL will use Trimble’s (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) Fleet Management and Visual Cargo service in its outbound logistics fleet, according to a company statement.

iGen Networks to license M2M tech from GPS Holdings

Cloud services player iGen Networks has signed a licensing deal with GPS Holdings it says will allow it to provide a broad range of M2M solutions in the global fleet-management sector.

GPS Holdings (Boca Raton, FL, USA) currently supports more than 50,000 commercial trucking and automotive assets, according to iGen (Alexandria, VA, USA), which says the agreement will allow it to enter new vertical markets without having to spend years on developing the requisite software.

Camgian inks M2M deal with FCC, Gateway Tire

M2M player Camgian Microsystems has closed a contract with recycling services company FCC Environmental and tire retailer Gateway Tire to support centrally managed tracking, forecasting, collection and accounting of used oil materials across a number of automotive retail locations.

The Quantus-branded solution uses low-power, cellular-based sensors that feed information about fluid inventory and associated data analytics from 56 Gateway (Batesville, MS, USA) locations across seven states.

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