Utility business and organisational challenges in focus at 25th annual Distributech conference

Blog: February 19, 2015 — The 25th annual Distributech conference, held earlier this month in San Diego, USA, brought together technology vendors and the utilities they serve to review new technologies available in the utilities industry. Jacob Pereira of analysts IHS reports.

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Ericsson and Swisscom announce the 24 finalists of IoT / M2M Innovation World Cup 2015

Barcelona / Zurich / Munich – The international jury of the IoT / M2M Innovation World Cup has now selected ‘the most innovative IoT solutions worldwide’. The winners in each of the six categories will be announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on March 3, and the official award ceremony will follow at

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Utilities need to show return on smart grid investments, Accenture builds on Structure

‘Showing return on investment (ROI) and value from smart grid investments’ is the number one issue to focus on in 2015 for municipal and cooperative utilities in a recent US survey. So says a survey by North Carolina-based smart grid technology provider, Tantalus, in which 37% of the 50 municipal and cooperative utilities rated their top

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Cyan wins Innovation of the Year Award at 6th annual Smart Metering & Grid Awards

London, UK — Integrated system and software design company, Cyan has won the Innovation of the Year Award 2015 at the 6th annual Smart Energy UK & Europe Awards for its CyLec® smart metering solution. The system has been designed for the power sector in next generation economies.

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UK’s 300-strong HyperCat consortium bids for ‘unlikely’ lead in global race to build smart cities

House of Lords, London, UK — The UK has launched a smart city initiative designed to give Britain a lead in the global smart cities race. The #HyperCatCity programme’s collaborative approach and open standards aim to make it faster and easier for developers to deliver smart city solutions that improve the lives of citizens. 

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M2M and Big Data can optimise clean energy production, say Enphase and MultiTech

Enphase Energy is now able to deliver microinverter technology for the solar power industry that is said to increase energy production, simplify design and installation, improve system reliability, reduce fire risk, and provide a platform for intelligent energy management.

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KORE’s CEO Brisbourne elected chairman of IoT trade group, IMC

January 14, 2015. London (Business Wire) — The International M2M Council (IMC), said to be the fastest-growing trade group serving the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine communications (M2M) sector, has announced that KORE CEO Alex Brisbourne has been elected chairman. 

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Trade-offs in M2M product development

Long before the phrases M2M and the Internet of Things came to wider attention, we were already making machines talk to each other, says Dunstan Power of ByteSnap Design. Early adopters like General Motors and Hughes Electronics Corporation could see the benefits that machine-to-machine communications (M2M) offered forward-thinking businesses as far back as 1995 but

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Silver Spring Networks to buy utility data analytics solution provider Detectent for US$12m cash

Redwood City, CA, USA – Silver Spring Networks, Inc. has agreed to acquire privately held Detectent, Inc., a provider of utility data analytics solutions for approximately US$12 million in cash.

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£1m boost to companies leading the charge towards the Internet of Things

Innovate UK, Tech City UK and Cambridge Wireless have jointly announced the seven winners of their flagship £1 million Internet of Things Launchpad competition.

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MTS gives positive report on Russia’s machine-to-machine communications market in 2014

According to estimates by Russian mobile network operator, MTS over the first nine months of 2014 the country’s machine-to-machine communications (M2M) market increased by 14% to reach 5.5 million SIM cards, while the number of MTS’s M2M SIM cards grew by 16% to 2.9 million.

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North Dakota’s Bismarck shows how to get smart on water infrastructure, says analyst

Water infrastructure and management play a key role in the development of smart cities, and smart cities of the future must intelligently address the related areas of water and energy to fully achieve resource efficiencies. So says Jacob Pereira, analyst for smart utilities infrastructure at IHS Technology in a new report.

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Smart energy and business transformation concerns dominate European Utility Week

This year’s European Utility Week conference and exhibition kicked off on November 4, with almost 10,000 delegates from more than 250 utilities attending. Two key themes were present wherever you looked: the introduction of ‘Smart’ energy solutions for homes, businesses, cities and nations; and the need for the entire sector to transform the ways that

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Next IoT innovation may come from new hackathon-incubator hybrids like the NTx App Challenge

The inaugural NTx Apps Challenge has awarded US$80,000 to five teams of web entrepreneurs who created sustainability apps to address four key municipal growth challenges; water conservation, waste and recycling, smart energy, and transportation. The winners were announced during an award ceremony at The Treehouse in Addison, North Texas, USA.

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Mobile industry embraces new GSMA Embedded SIM specification to speed Internet of Things growth

October 13, 2014, Dubai, UAE: Leading mobile operators, SIM vendors and module manufacturers are now deploying solutions that comply with a new specification, GSMA Embedded SIM, designed to accelerate provisioning of machine-to-machine (M2M) services. New research suggests that the deployment will grow the M2M market by 34% by 2020. 

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Do IT security professionals have the tools and CxO support to prevent cyber-attacks on the IoT?

According to several IoT industry analysts, IT security professionals are not confident that they can prevent cyber-attacks on the Internet of Things. Not only do companies still need to get their data security houses in order, the market for data security products is frustratingly being described by one analyst firm as “immature”. Jeremy Cowan reports.

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