Utility industry white paper published on customer communication and multi-channel payment

Paderborn, Germany — A new utility industry white paper entitled, How to evolve smart grid roll-outs into a smart customer experience is available for download. The white paper is published by Orga Systems, a software vendor for real-time charging and billing solutions with an international customer base in telecoms, utilities and machine-to-machine (M2M) markets.

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Cyan provides retrofit module to enable smart upgrade of existing meter deployments

Cambridge, UK – Cyan Holdings plc, the integrated system and software design company that delivers mesh based flexible wireless solutions for utility metering and lighting control, has announced the launch of a CyLec® retrofit module designed  to provide smart metering functionality for static meters. 

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Launch of new online tool to streamline hotel carbon footprint calculations

A streamlined online solution developed to help hotel management teams monitor CO2 emissions and ramp up sustainability efforts has become a reality as carbon management experts, Hotel CO2 unveil their new look website.

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ESMIG: smart metering privacy and security concerns addressed at European Utility Week

Brussels, Belgium – A key presentation was made last Thursday at European Utility Week 2013 by Thomas Weisshaupt, Chairman of the ESMIG* security and privacy working group, who gave the conference an overview of the latest developments in privacy and security in relation to the deployment of smart metering systems across Europe.

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Smart meter deployments to double market revenue as the world switches on to wireless

London, UK – An increase in smart meter deployments will see the global market for wireless communication modules approximately double in value over the coming years, jumping from US$532 million in 2012 to US$1.3 billion in 2020, at a compound annual growth rate of 12%, according to a new report from research and consulting firm

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European Utility Week provides backdrop for news from Accenture, Siemens, Saft, geo and Vodafone

European Utility Week, Amsterdam , The Netherlands, 17 October 2013 – The surge of activity this week continues with the announcement that Accenture and Siemens have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture in the smart grid field that will work with utilities to improve energy efficiency, grid operations and reliability.

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Host of new smart energy products launched at European Utility Week in Amsterdam

(Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 15, 2013) – European Utility Week opened today with a flurry of new product announcements.  The Amsterdam event is bigger than ever this year with some 8,000 of the utility industry’s leading minds and vendors of the latest technology in attendance (see also Smart energy challenges in focus as industry gathers for

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Danish companies ready for growth opportunity following government smart meter decision

Skanderborg, Denmark, 23 September 2013 – Last week, Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, announced an Act requiring utilities to install smart meters in all Danish households.

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GrDF chooses Capgemini to install the information system for 11m new gas meters in France by 2022

(Paris, France. September 5, 2013) – Capgemini, a consulting, technology and outsourcing services provider, has agreed two three-year contracts with GrDF, worth a total of 23 million euros.  The contracts will see Capgemini developing the information system for the new GrDF smart gas meters that will equip 11 million French homes by 2022. This will

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Smart electricity meters to reach 100 million milestone in 2014

Austin, Texas, 3 September, 2013 — In contrast to the sombre mood that many metering manufacturers have been displaying in recent years, worldwide shipments of communication-enabled meters will grow to more than 100 million units annually in 2014, according to IHS Inc., a leading source of global insight and information.

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British Gas chooses GEO for next generation energy displays

Cambridge, UK – Cambridge-based technology firm, Green Energy Options Ltd (GEO), has announced the award of two contracts with British Gas Trading Ltd for the provision of two customised in-home displays for deployment within British Gas and Scottish Gas.

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Semtech’s new long-range RFIC platform will drive Internet of Things and M2M deployments

Camarillo, California, USA – Semtech Corporation, a leading supplier of analogue and mixed-signal semiconductors, has introduced the SX1272, the first product in a new long-range RFIC platform that boosts the transmission range of the devices to up to 15 kilometres.

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First European field test of IPv6 wireless mesh communication in smart meters in Norway

Steinkjer, Norway – Connode AB, together with NTE, is now trialling the new generation of communications for the energy market at Demo Steinkjer. The new Connode 4 radio system provides seamless IP-based interoperability and global standardisation to the utility sector, which has been characterised by industry-specific protocols and lack of true interoperability.

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UK government admits smart energy meter roll-out will be delayed by a year, and market unsurprised

London, UK — In a written statement today, UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey said that the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has set a new date of autumn 2015 for nationwide smart energy meter installation. The start date had previously been summer 2014.

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Pre-paid energy pilot system rolled out for smart metering infrastructure in the Philippines

(Paderborn, Germany). March 12, 2013: Electricity utility Meralco has successfully launched its Prepaid Electricity technical pilot in the Philippines with 40 households, with a view to roll out to 40,000 soon.

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Kamstrup co-operates with Elster to provide second source of next gen smart meters for deployments

Kamstrup has announced an agreement with Elster that allows for co-operation between the two smart metering providers

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