Google has announced a long-term agreement with NextEra Energy Resources to purchase wind energy to power their Mountain View, California North Bayshore headquarters. Google’s agreement, beginning in 2016, will help power 43 MW into the 370 new turbines at a Bay Area wind farm, which will then feed into the California grid.

“While we’ve been committed to being a carbon-neutral company since 2007, and we purchase clean energy for our data centers, this agreement is the first of its kind when it comes to our offices,” said David Radcliffe, vice president, Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google.

via Google to invest in wind energy to power Mountain View headquarters – FierceEnergy.

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Kontron has helped Malaysia set up a lab that will conduct R&D for cloud connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT), with a focus on medical applications.

Kontron enlisted Cisco, Dell, IBM, Intel, and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) to help form the research facility in Penang.

In 2012, the government of Malaysia established a program together with private industry and academia called the Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (Crest) to promote economic development.

via Malaysia sets up IoT lab for medical apps.

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At 12, I had an obsession with Jules Verne and H.G. Wells the way many girls of my generation swooned over the boys in Duran Duran. I had a stacked collection of their works on the nightstand next to my bed that could rival any friend’s collection of “Teen Beat.”

Wells, especially, was such a unique blending of Victorian morality and sci-fi technology, that he inspired visions of what a future might look like for many artists, from writers to filmmakers. I have, certainly, never been alone in that obsession.

via Getting back to the smart cities future – Smart Cities Smart Cities.

Freqcon has installed an energy storage system for Ireland’s Tallaght smart grid test bed. The solution is integrated with Maxwell’s ultra-capacitors and lithium-ion batteries that are designed to support grid stability in residential and industrial settings. The test-bed also features Freqcon’s microgrid stabilizer to enable voltage and frequency stabilization.

The Tallaght smart grid test bed, which is operated by the South Dublin County Council and the Micro Electricity Generation Association (MEGA), will demonstrate how energy storage can minimize electricity distribution issues and grid instability.

via Ultra-Capacitors Support Irish Smart Grid Test Bed -.

In 1882 on Pearl Street, New York City, Thomas Edison opened the world’s first commercial electric grid, lighting up local homes and businesses with cables connected to his power station.

Fast forward to the present day and although technology has changed immeasurably, the way we power our cities hasn’t. But what if we could bring the grid up to date? That’s exactly what they are doing in Mannheim, Germany.

Germany has extensive local renewable energy production, but renewable energy sources aren’t always available when and where needed.

via ‘Smart City’ knows who needs power, and when –

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The Internet of things (IoT) continues to gain traction as companies look to leverage the possibilities of linking millions of assets, products and other “things” via the Internet.

At the same time, the security implications of IoT are a key issue. How do you ensure the protection and privacy of all the data that’s moving from machine to machine, or data that’s being accessed via corporate networks? Organizations will need to keep the data security requirements top of mind as they launch IoT initiatives.

via The IoT Brings Opportunities and Security Concerns.

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With networking companies and device makers jumping on the Internet of Things bandwagon, market drivers like expanding capacity via virtualized datacenters and the implementation of new standards like IPv6 are laying the groundwork for what could eventually become the Internet of Everything.

Industry observers predict that market segments like industrial will be among the first to make the Internet of Things a reality and a viable market for wannabe suppliers like Cisco Systems, Intel Corp. and others. Along with drivers like expanding datacenter and network capacity is the growth of IP-addressable devices. As nearly every object on Earth is eventually connected to networks and IoT use cases begin to emerge, “the commercial benefits are expected to drive increased connectivity,” notes industry watcher IHS in a recent survey of IoT enabling technologies.

via Industrial Sector Seen Leading the IoT Shift.

Insurance companies are looking for ways to reduce the amount of money they have to pay out on claims, and one promising way to reduce that risk is through connected security and home automation devices. In this week’s podcast I spoke with Dan Reed, managing director at American Family Ventures, the venture capital arm of American Family Insurance. AmFam as it is known, has 10 million policies and offers home, auto and life insurance.

via Smart devices can make the insurance biz proactive, not reactive | Gigaom.

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Earlier this week, I took a tour of Mitsubishi Electric’s “Smart Home” in Tokyo. Cooked up by the Japanese firm’s R&D and design departments, the concept residence shows the potential of high-tech homes supercharged by the internet of things (IoT). It focuses on two main elements: the front door/entryway and the kitchen.

Mitsubishi Electric’s smart home greets inhabitants with a sleek brushed steel door that’s completely flat. What appears to be a peephole is actually a biometric camera that can be configured to recognize the faces of family members as they come home.

via Can the future hurry up? My tour of a Japanese smart home.

The government is spending far too little money on energy research, putting at risk the long-term goals of reducing carbon emissions and alleviating energy poverty, some of the country’s top business leaders found in a new report.

The American Energy Innovation Council, a group of six executives that includes the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and the General Electric chief Jeffrey R. Immelt, urged Congress and the White House to make expanded energy research a strategic national priority.

via Bill Gates and Other Business Leaders Urge U.S. to Increase Energy Research –

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The Internet of Things (IoT) can provide U.S. state and local government executives with access to timely, granular and complete data needed to support strategic and tactical decision making. This access is a vital part of developing “smart cities,” according to a new report from IDC Government Insights.

The report explains the role of the IoT in smart cities and provides a planning framework that allows state and city organizations to prepare for the fast pace of technology transformation around trends including cloud, mobile, social networks and big data/analytics.

via Governments Must Embrace IoT for Smart Cities – Information Management Online Article.

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San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has been awarded nearly $5 million from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to expand their Borrego Springs Microgrid. The CEC grant will be used to expand the Microgrid facilities and connect it to SDG&E’s nearby 26 megawatt (MW) solar facility, making the microgrid one of the largest in the country able to be run on renewable energy.

via San Diego Gas and Electric gets $5M to expand Borrego Springs Microgrid – SmartGridNews.

No doubt you’ve heard a lot in the past few years about the smart home. A flood of smart devices like the Nest Learning Thermostat from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) and the Hue LED lighting systems from Koninklijke Philips NV (ADR) (NYSE:PHG) are now being sold by big-box retailers. But for the smart home to really take off and gain the momentum to go mainstream, the holy grail is home appliances: refrigerators, ovens, washers and dryers. And that’s a problem, because these appliances are both expensive and long-lasting.

via Kickstarting the Smart Home: GE Turns Old Refrigerators Into Smart Devices | InvestorPlace.

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The wireless industry is well on its way toward making the Internet of Things a reality. Already there are major standards efforts to regulate the connections between people, devices and things–some examples including the AllSeen Alliance, the Thread Group and the Open Interconnect Consortium. And perhaps more importantly, companies are forming the necessary alliances they’ll need to crack open this opportunity that stretches across seemingly every major industry and market–for example, AT&T has a major partnership with GE for what they’re calling the Industrial Internet.

via What top AT&T, Samsung, Intel and Deutsche Telekom executives have to say about IoT – FierceWireless.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) market in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) region is taking off. Although still nascent, it is growing rapidly and offers considerable potential for the rest of the decade, according to global ICT market intelligence firm IDC.

via IDC: CEE & MEA Internet of Things market to explode in 2015 – FierceWireless:Europe.

Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, has acquired from Tradewind Energy, Inc., two photovoltaic (PV) solar projects totaling 99 megawatts (MW) in Georgia via a competitive process through the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative.

“Southern Power’s strategic investment in the Decatur solar projects will help meet Georgia’s growing energy needs,” said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. “These projects and others are enhancing Georgia’s position as a national leader in renewable energy.”

via Georgia strengthening position as solar leader – FierceEnergy.

Teams compete to find ways to solve the city's problems in Birmingham Smart Cities 'hackathon' |

Teams of coders and community members set out Friday night to tackle four of Birmingham’s biggest problems with technology.

The hackathon is part of the Global Urban Datafest, aimed at building software to help improve cities. Birmingham is one of two dozen cities participating around the world. The event, at Alabama Media Group’s Birmingham hub downtown, will last until Sunday.

via Teams compete to find ways to solve the city’s problems in Birmingham Smart Cities ‘hackathon’ |

Chattanooga’s high-speed fiber optic network continues to pay dividends.

It already offers residents of the Tennessee city the fastest Internet service in the U.S. Now it enables them to test drive and help develop next-generation smart city solutions.

This latest benefit comes via the arrival of a “GENI rack” at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). Part of a National Science Foundation initiative called Global Environment for Network Innovations, GENI racks are components in a new, nationwide infrastructure scheme that supports advanced research in networking, distributed systems, security and gigabit-enabled applications.

via Smart Cities Council | Chattanooga’s fast Internet service racks up another win.

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State and local governments can’t afford to turn a blind eye to the world of connected devices, sensors and digital data.

Research firm IDC predicts that by 2018 “cities and metropolitan areas will represent at least 25 percent of government spending on deploying, managing and realizing the business value of the Internet of Things. At this point, mostly large cities are deploying point IoT solutions, but this will change as midsize cities realize benefits.”

via Key IoT Investments for Building Smart Cities | StateTech Magazine.

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Multi-city accelerator GSF has partnered with the corporate venture arm of networking gear maker Cisco to accelerate startups that focus on cloud and internet-of-things (IoT). IoT represents a connected world where all devices talk to one another.

“India is now going through a mobile wave. We believe IoT will be the next wave. Along with Cisco Investments, we will help companies get access to global customers,” said GSF founder Rajesh Sawhney, whose accelerator has funded 33 companies since its inception in 2012.

via GSF, Cisco arm join hands to scout for cloud, IoT startups – The Economic Times.