IBM opens smarter planet facility in Australia

IBM has officially opened its first ever R&D laboratory in Melbourne, Australia, representing an investment of over A$100 million. The facility will focus on accelerating progress towards a smarter planet.

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Shihlin prepares for smart grid roll out

Shihlin Electric showed its SW3005 smart meter at this week’s Taitronics electronics exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, as it prepares to compete when Taipower starts its smart grid programme.

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India chasing China for M2M dominance

India could catch China up as the largest market for M2M products and services in south-east Asia, according to Kyung Jun Lee, Telit’s marketing director for the Asia-Pacific region.

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G&T to expand module range to cover 3G and LTE

M2M product provider G&T plans to introduce 3G modules later this year and LTE modules early next year to complement its existing range of GSM and GPRS modules.

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Logger and bridge empower smart water meters

A smart water meter logger and the associated wireless bridge technology were officially launched this week by Aquas at the Taitronics electronics exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Investment needed to improve location accuracy

Dizic, a Taiwanese company with a German subsidiary, is looking for investment to take its chirp spread spectrum technology used on its location modules to a new level.

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Raco announces partnerships to accelerate M2M growth

Raco Wireless is to support M2M connectivity and sim management for Teletrac’s Fleet Director GPS and vehicle tracking products and it is teaming up with Aeris Communications, a US cellular carrier for telematics programmes.

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Inmarsat picks Hughes to develop M2M terminal

Inmarsat has selected Hughes Network Systems to develop a machine-to-machine (M2M) terminal for its BGan service.

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Companies form alliance to promote G3-PLC

Twelve major players in the smart grid industry announced a global partnership at this week’s Metering Europe Conference in Amsterdam to support the deployment of the new powerline communications (PLC) protocol called G3-PLC.

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Orwellian push for M2M product

IMetrik M2M is launching a campaign under the theme of “Big Brother” to underline the opportunities for its machine-to-machine products, as a way to control and monitor any asset from anywhere-to-anywhere in the world.

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Zigbee Alliance certifies smart water meter

The Zigbee Alliance has certified Freestyle Technology and Elster’s jointly developed V200 digital water meter. The volumetric water meter, with an integrated electronic register, incorporates data features

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Alliance brings together energy harvesting for London show

The Enocean Alliance is bringing together some its supporters to make a big splash at the Building Services Event, which runs from 11 to 12 October at London’s Olympia exhibition centre.

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RF Monolithics extends distribution deal with Avnet into Asia

RF Monolithics has expanded its distribution agreement with Avnet Electronics Marketing from its current North and South America to cover most of Asia. Avnet distributes RFM products

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Multi-Tech adds embedded version to its Open Communications Gateways family

A claimed first in the industry, Multi-Tech Systems, a manufacturer of M2M cellular modems, has announced the availability of its MultiConnect™ OCG-E, embedded version of the Open Communication Gateway.

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Reference platform accelerates the design of next-generation smart meters

Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the Newport smart meter reference platform that integrates metrology, security and powerline communications technology to give utilities a versatile way to evaluate smart grid technology.

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STB SoC saves power with fast sleep and resume

Set-top box (STB) system-on-chip provider Ali has launched the M3911 networking media processor, claimed to be the first in the industry to feature a fast sleep and resume function.

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