Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is adding solar to their grid, and doing so in many ways. The company announced a $1 million commitment to install rooftop solar on 79 homes in the Habitat for Humanity program. The funds will benefit 18 different Habitat for Humanity local affiliates throughout Northern and Central California, from the Mendocino Coast to Merced.
When a state isn’t making a move to increase renewables, is it up to the utility to step in? Alabama may soon become an example of what happens when a utility implements a large amount of solar well before a state regulates renewables. Even though Alabama is among the bottom 10 states in the nation when it comes to installed solar capacity, Alabama Power is doing what they can to add solar to the state. They have proposed up to 500 megawatts (MW) of renewable generation, including solar, in the state.
EnerNOC has installed its energy intelligence software on the tiny screen of a smart watch.The company developed a proof-of-concept on a Samsung Gear S smart watch during an EnerNOC hack-a-thon last year and has been testing and refining it since, according to the company’s blog.
Buying tech products used to be easy. You found a product that had the function(s) you wanted, chose from an often limited number of brand options, and you were set.But that was in an era when the value of devices was primarily determined by their own functionality. Now, while the individual capabilities of devices is still important, their ability to connect with, interact with, and bring additional features to other devices you already own is becoming more important. It’s no longer simply about what a device can do; it’s also about how that device can make your other devices work together better.
Sony Mobile and ZMP, a Japanese robotics company, are planning to work together to develop drones for businesses.Next month, the two companies said, they’ll form a joint venture called Aerosense that will lease unmanned aerial vehicles to enterprises for applications that require aerial imagery.Sony said Aerosense reflects its effort to develop new business opportunities, particularly those related to the Internet of Things. The company said it intends to add value for its customers by developing and managing cloud services related to its drone-based data gathering.
It’s no secret tech luminaries like Elon Musk and Bill Gates worry about humanity flirting with disaster though a digital version of the Icarus myth – in our case, the power of artificial intelligence being the sun that eventually burns our wings.Even so, not every futurist or technology pioneer is quite so alarmed that our experiments with AI might confine us all to dystopian doom.
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is already the largest e-commerce site in the world by overall visitors. However, the company’s ambitions extend far beyond selling physical and digital products — it wants to expand into the growing Internet of Things market.
The Internet of Things, or IoT, connects everyday devices like home appliances, smartwatches, and cars with each other and the cloud. Networking giant Cisco estimates that the total number of connected devices worldwide will double from 25 billion this year to 50 billion by 2020. Research firm IDC estimates that annual spending on IoT devices and services will surge from $656 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020.
Intelligent devices and their ever-growing network encompassing our daily lives have emerged as a Utopian idea for our tech-savvy generation. As predicted by research firm IDC, by 2020 there will be over 28 billion objects with data exchange capabilities. Internet of Things (IoT) is already on its way to become the next big tech trend. Its enormous growth rate can be understood from a report by Gartner Inc. indicating that the use of IoT devices in 2015 was up by 30% from 2014.Furthermore, according to IDC predictions, the IoT market will hit $7.1 trillion by 2020.
Earlier this year at the behest of the International M2M Council I researched and wrote an article on Low Power WAN (LPWA) technologies for IoT, which was published on both the IMC web site and on Linked In, with great reception. As such I began my journey into attempting to understand the key differentiators between the competing technologies out there. No easy task it seems. During the past few months I have been asked by many sources and readers to update this article as the space has heated up. Further, it appears as if MNOs all over the world, as well as other Service Providers are stepping into the fold and emerging as the likely investors and/or operators of such technologies as an extension to their own existing networks.
Honeywell and Nest lead the smart thermostat vendor market in terms of strategy and execution, according to a new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research. Honeywell maintained leadership due to its existing smart/connected thermostat products and programs and its aggressive pursuit of the higher-end smart thermostat segment. Nest has gained market share by seeking out collaborations with other vendors and by expanding its global marketing initiatives.The report examines the strategy and execution of 12 smart thermostat manufacturers and software providers that are active in the global smart thermostat market and rates them on 12 criteria. Schneider, EnergyHub, ecobee, Comverge, Emerson and EcoFactor landed in the Contenders category due to relatively strong product strategy, program success and distribution. The four companies in the Challengers category — Carrier, Energate, tado and RTA — have some weaknesses in terms of either strategy or execution, but with the right steps, could move into contender or leader positions.