Itron acquires SmartSynch for $100 million

Itron, Inc. has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire privately held SmartSynch, Inc. in a transaction valued at $100 million. The acquisition will bring greater choice to utility customers across the spectrum of smart metering deployments and strengthen Itron’s integrated cellular communications offering. The parties expect the transaction to close in the

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M2M Challenges in the Utilities and Telecom Sectors

Electricity distributor EDP, mobile operator Optimus and WeDo Technologies consider the M2M challenges and opportunities in the utilities and telecom sectors.

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Life in 20Teens – There’ll be an app for that

It’s hardly news that the smartphone is set to become the remote controller for pretty much everything in our day-to-day lives, says Georgina Elrington.

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GE plans acquisitions in German energy industry, Reimelt says

General Electric Co. (GE), has announced its intention to begin making sizeable acquisitions in Germany, as it looks to seize market share

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Mall of America saves time and money with smart meter upgrade

Lantronix, a global provider of smart connectivity technology, and Quadlogic, a provider of Power Line Communications metering technology, has announced that the Mall of America has upgraded its smart metering systems

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Siemens to acquire eMeter to enhance Smart Grid offering

Siemens Industry, Inc. will buy eMeter Corporation this month, subject to necessary approvals and customary closing conditions. The parties will not disclose the terms of the agreement.

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Cable&Wireless Worldwide and Silver Spring Networks partner to support UK Power Networks

Cable&Wireless Worldwide and Silver Spring Networks have announced that they have been selected by UK Power Networks as telecommunications partners for its forthcoming Flexible Plug and Play (FPP) Low Carbon Networks project.

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M2M – A look at the opportunities and challenges ahead

Stratecast, a Division of Frost & Sullivan, WeDo Technologies and Aricent consider the opportunities and challenges being presented by the the rapid acceleration in the M2M sector.

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North America accounts for over $350 million in advanced water meter shipments

The advanced water metering market, estimated at about 5.5 million global shipments in 2010, and anticipated to be roughly 10 million shipments annually in 2016, continues to increase its product share, particularly in North America.

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Netcomm to supply hardware to Australian water company

South East Water, one of Melbourne’s three water retailers owned by the Victorian Government, has selected NetComm to supply

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BT expects to cut energy bills by £13 million a year with smart meters and energy system

BT expects to shave £13 million a year off its energy bills, and reduce its carbon footprint by five per cent, by introducing smart meters and a smart energy management and control system across thousands of its offices, telephone exchanges and data centres.

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Are wireless sensor networks and energy harvesting coming together?

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) could involve billions of sensors used in utility assets, buildings, pollution monitors, traffic control systems, and agriculture. To date, adoption has been hindered by conventional primary batteries, which cannot be fitted and forgotten for long periods. However, zero power wireless sensors are now available

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High value water meter adoption helps sustain suppliers’ revenue growth

Austin, Texas, USA. November 3, 2011 – In the latest edition of IMS Research’s World Market for Water Meters – 2011, published this week, a rapid uptake is reported for static and advanced water metering technologies in key markets around the world.

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Compatibility causing problems for smart meter roll out

The number of smart meter installations that fail in the UK because of non-compatibility issues is rising, according to utility consultancy Make It Cheaper.

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Berg Insight says worldwide installed base of smart electricity meters will reach 602.7 million units in 2016

New research from the analyst firm Berg Insight says that the worldwide installed base of smart electricity meters will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 26.6 percent

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Telenor Connexion to enable OnStream’s gas and electricity meter wireless communication

OnStream, a UK based National Grid company, has announced their selection of Telenor Connexion to link up their new, mobile communications-based gas and electricity meters.

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