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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Convergys and Plug Smart provide real-time rating and billing for electric vehicles

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. 5 October, 2011 — Today at Metering, Billing/CRM Europe 2011, Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG) announced a partnership with Plug Smart to provide real-time rating, billing and data management support for electric vehicle charging stations.

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Xirrus launches modular wireless switch portfolio for high-performance networks

St Albans, UK. 5 October, 2011 — Xirrus®, based in Thousand Oaks, California, has today launched the XR-series Wireless Arrays, claimed to be the first modular, chassis-based wireless switch portfolio.

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Current Cost enables home energy monitors to give accurate billable data

A new system has been released to give users of home energy monitors accurate, billing-compatible usage information. Current Cost, a global manufacturer of home energy monitors, has launched its OptiSmart optical reader and transmitter

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New energy efficient wireless M-Bus module for 169MHz from Telit

Trieste, Italy. 5 October, 2011 — Machine-to-machine (m2m) technology specialist, Telit Wireless Solutions, is launching a new module this month featuring wireless M-Bus transfer technology. The new ME50-169 module features 169MHz and is said to be suited for smart gas, water, heating or electricity meters.

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Blog: M2M – When “easy” isn’t easy

Many mobile operators talk about how easy it is to do business with them and several service providers make bold claims about being the best in this regard, but let’s be clear: there is no quick-and-easy solution when it comes to cellular M2M deployments.

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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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Zigbee kit aids smart meter design

Renesas Electronics and its alliance partner And Technology Research have announced a complete Zigbee Pro module-based design kit that includes the Smart Energy1.1 profile.

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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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Next-gen TIBCO platform aims to simplify provisioning in your data centre

Palo Alto, California, USA — TIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TIBX) has unveiled new software that allows users to provision complex environments across public, private and hybrid clouds in minutes –- in a self-service way.

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Enecsys and Ember shine together on solar panels

Enecsys has teamed with Ember to bring wireless Zigbee communications to roof-top solar photovoltaic (PV) systems so that households and businesses can better monitor and optimise their systems’ performance.

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Tony Holcombe becomes board member at Numerex

Tony Holcombe yesterday (1 October 2011) came out of retirement to join Numerex’s board of directors; he was previously vice chairman of the board of directors of Syniverse, where he served as that company’s president and CEO from 2006 until his retirement earlier this year.

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