09. December 2015 · Comments Off on IoT Networks Get New Rival · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Silver Spring Networks joined the increasingly crowded race to provide a wide-area wireless network for the Internet of Things. Starfish is a public version of the 900 MHz network the company developed initially for smart utility meters.

Nearly a dozen contenderss are trying to fill a need for long distance networks that cut the cost and power consumption of today’s cellular machine-to-machine networks. Silver Spring believes it can offer at relatively low cost significantly better throughput and latency than current leading 900 MHz competitors in the space, Sigfox and the LoRa Alliance.

Source: IoT Networks Get New Rival | EE Times

05. December 2015 · Comments Off on Smart-home upgrades that you can install yourself · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

You may be fascinated by thermostats that seem to intuit your favorite temperature or front doors that automatically lock and unlock themselves but hesitated to buy them because you fear the potential cost. But smart-home technology doesn’t have to break the bank. There are several home upgrades that you can make yourself. Here are a few

Source: Smart-home upgrades that you can install yourself – The Washington Post

25. November 2015 · Comments Off on Apples-to-apples: The potential of energy storage to displace natural gas · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Those considering energy storage can now compare the cost effectiveness of each technology on an apples-to-apples basis. An in-depth study from investment bank Lazard in conjunction with Enovation Partners, Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis, compares the costs of energy storage technologies for particular applications to conventional alternatives.Modeled on Lazard’s levelized cost of energy (LCOE), the LCOS study analyzes the costs associated with a variety of the leading energy storage technologies and their applications.

Source: Apples-to-apples: The potential of energy storage to displace natural gas – SmartGridNews

24. November 2015 · Comments Off on Home security gateway runs Linux, features glowing orb · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Dojo-Labs announced a Linux-based “Dojo” home security gateway that notifies users of security threats via a mobile app and a glowing orb.An Israeli startup called Dojo-Labs has launched $99 presales on its Dojo security device, with shipments due March 8. After the first year, yearly subscriptions cost an additional $99 per year. CEO Yossi Atias has confirmed to LinuxGizmos that the device runs on a Linux operating system based on a Broadcom distribution.

Source: Home security gateway runs Linux, features glowing orb ·  LinuxGizmos.com

22. November 2015 · Comments Off on Rudd sets ultimatum for next wave of offshore wind farms  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The government has threatened to halt subsidies for new offshore wind farms over the next four years unless the industry can slash the cost of new projects.Announcing details of the government’s energy policy “reset” this morning, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd said her department would run three auctions over the course of this parliament that would allow low carbon technologies to compete for price support contracts. However, she warned there would be “no more blank cheques” for offshore wind farms, and that future auctions would depend on developers cutting costs. “Further support will be strictly conditional on the cost reductions we have seen already accelerating. The technology needs to move quickly to cost competitiveness,” she said.

Source: Rudd sets ultimatum for next wave of offshore wind farms – 18 Nov 2015 – News from BusinessGreen