Leidos to deploy another 20,000 smart meters for United Power

Technology player Leidos has extended its contract to provide smart-metering services to United Power for another ten years.

The contract extension will see Leidos (Reston, VA, USA) deploy another 20,000 meters to support the utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project.

A rural electric cooperative, United Power (Brighton, CO, USA) provides service to nearly 70,000 homes and businesses in Colorado.

The second phase of the smart-meter rollout will use Leidos’ smart-grid-as-a-service (SGS) technology and get under way in October 2013.

Elster upgrades meter-management service for utilities

Energy-management specialist Elster has launched an update to its meter data collection (MDC) and meter data management (MDM) solution for utilities, aimed at accommodating new smart grid applications and market needs.

The company said its ElServer version 9.1 would provide customers with high-performance and cost-effective scaling for residential and commercial and industrial (C&) deployments.

It also said the platform included support for core MDC and MDM industry standards and would allow utilities to choose the integration model that best fits their needs.

Annual energy-harvesting revenues to grow by a third to 2020: Navigant Research

Annual revenues from energy harvesting systems are set to reach nearly $375 million by 2020 from about $283 million in 2014, according to a new study from Navigant Research.

Energy harvesting converts ambient energy to useable electrical energy and offers an alternative to battery power for portable devices.

The technology is already being used to power a range of consumer products, including laptops and mobile phones, using a variety of energy sources, including electromagnetic radiation, thermal energy and kinetic energy.

Kore, Multi-Tech to advise M2M players on 2G shutdown

Kore Telematics has launched an educational program in partnership with modem maker Multi-Tech Systems aimed at supporting M2M players facing a shutdown of 2G networks.

Leading US operators AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA) have both announced plans to switch off their 2G networks over the next few years and run all voice and data traffic over 3G and 4G infrastructure.

The plans have generated concern among companies that currently use those 2G networks for their M2M services.

Lantronix to provide professional services to M2M customers

Device maker Lantronix has set up a new professional services business aimed at assisting customers with the development and introduction of customized M2M applications and solutions.

The company said the range of services spanned minor engineering to large, enterprise-level projects and included developing fully customized versions and deployments of Lantronix (Irvine, CA, USA) products.

Japan's IIJ to launch new M2M offers

Japanese M2M operator Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) says it will strengthen its service line-up with the launch of two new M2M data communications services on 17 February.

IIJ (Tokyo, Japan) Mobile M2M Access Service is described by the company as a less-expensive, M2M-based version of its IIJ Mobile Service, which the operator provides to enterprise customers as an MVNO.

The other new offer is branded IIJ SMS Push Service, and is intended to be a system for controlling the transmission of text messages to M2M devices.

Rogers unveils Mobile Shopper M2M service

Canada’s Rogers Communications has introduced a new consumer-oriented M2M service allowing consumers to engage with brands while they are shopping through the use of mobile offers, applications and payments technology.

Branded Mobile Shopper, the service is being trialed by RioCan (Toronto, Canada), Canada’s largest owner of shopping centers, in a number of Ontario-based shopping centers.

Target to accelerate $100 million chip-enabled smart card program: CFO


Target Corp, which suffered a massive data breach during the holiday shopping season, is speeding up a $100 million program to implement the use of chip-enabled smart cards to protect against cyber theft, a senior company executive said.

In an opinion piece on Monday in the Hill newspaper on the eve of his much-awaited appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan said the retailer's goal was to have the technology in place by early 2015, more than six months ahead of schedule.

Pristine, Wound Care Advantage use Google Glass for patient care

One of the main attractions of wearable technology is its potential usefulness in the healthcare community, but it is not immediately obvious how Google Glass – a set of M2M-enabled spectacles developed by the internet giant – could be deployed in such a setting.

However, a software company called Pristine (Austin, TX, USA) claims to have developed commercially available software based on Google Glass that is compliant with healthcare regulations and could be used to improve the treatment of wounds.

Ninety million wearable devices to ship in 2014: ABI Research

Some 90 million wearable computing devices will be shipped this year, driven by burgeoning interest in sports, fitness and health applications, according to a new study from ABI Research.

“The next 12 months will be a critical period for the acceptance and adoption of wearable devices,” said Joshua Flood, a senior analyst with ABI Research. “Healthcare and sports and activity trackers are rapidly becoming mass-market products.”