GE recently announced the launch of its Digital Wind Farm solution in India. It is a dynamic, connected, and adaptable wind-energy ecosystem that leverages big data and analytics, and pairs it with a reliable turbine that has a digital infrastructure. The goal is to enhance production, reduce cost, and boost availability and productivity over the life of a wind farm.GE also unveiled the latest version of its wind-turbine hardware, the 2.3–116 machine, which comes with enhanced control technology and safety features, including: a new 94-meter tower height and the largest 116-m diameter rotor in the country. According to GE, it provides approximately 30% more gross Annual Energy Production (AEP) over its predecessor, the 1.7-103.
Talk of smart grid technology often revolves around how homeowners can reduce their utility bills by implementing smart meters on their homes. But focusing on such technology limits the understanding of how true technological innovations are transforming, and protecting, smart grids across the world. For instance, fuel cell technology in India is changing how the country uses back up generators and, as a result, how it will keep tens of thousands of cellular towers running amid the country’s pervasive blackouts.
Addressing at the “Future Unleased” event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that the company’s latest flagship smartphones, the Windows 10 Mobile-based Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, will be launched arrive in India by December. The deals include the use of a range of Microsoft technologies including “machine learning, Bing, Skype and Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana”. “This initiative is anticipated to impact over 50 smart cities in the next year through a catalogue of over 50 start-ups and ISV solutions”, the company added. “E-commerce companies have crossed the chasm to become innovators and others will also cross”, Nadella said. Interacting with a group of reporters, he said that he is extremely impressed with the adoption level of cloud computing in India since the company opened three data centres in Pune, Mumbai and Chennai 12 months ago.
The year 2015 has been a rather eventful one for Indo-German cooperation. In January, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and the visiting German Minister Barbara Hendricks signed an agreement, with Germany deciding to partner with India in developing three smart cities; a six-member joint committee was set up to evolve the way forward. Prime Minister Modi and Indian MNCs were then invited to Hannover in April for the world’s largest annual industrial fair and a number of agreements largely aimed at facilitating strategic cooperation and technology transfer were inked between Indian and German entities. More recently, Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Merkel adopted a united voice, vociferously advocating for a ‘Permanent Member’ status to be accorded to G-4 economies (India, Germany, Brazil and Japan) in a reformed security council. And as India welcomes Chancellor Merkel’s who is on a three day visit to India from October 4-7, German Ambassador Martin Ney reinforced the ever-increasing significance of strategic cooperation between the two nations in a statement: “I believe India is in a crucial phase. It overhauls its economy. It reinvigorates its international engagements in order to harness its full potential as a rising power in a multipolar world.”
In a latest update, Connode is working with Reliance Energy in Mumbai as the strategic partner for communication solutions and applications using Intel IOT Gateways for building a SmartSustainable City Network in Mumbai.
In the first phase, Reliance will connect the smart meters, streetlights and distribution automation equipment in Mumbai, using Intel IOT Gateways and Connode’s IPv6 based wireless mesh solution, Connode 4. This is said to be the first roll-out in India of smart meters fully compliant to the communication standards recently adopted in the machine-to-machine (M2M) roadmap by the government of India.
Luxury facilities like home automation, sports facilities and infinity pools have been showing up in the priority lists of more and more discerning home buyers in India. Today’s customers are very specific about their requirements; these go quite a bit beyond just the location, which used to be more or less the fulcrum of the traditional home buying process. Contemporary luxury home buyers in India are well travelled, highly-educated individuals who have great expectations from the homes they choose to invest in.
The fact that home automation has become a very important criterion for them is a natural extension of this fact.
Luxury add-ons like home automation, sports facilities and infinity pools have been showing up in the priority lists of more and more discerning home buyers in India.Today’s customers are very specific about their requirements; these go quite a bit beyond just the location, which used to be more or less the fulcrum of the traditional home buying process. Contemporary luxury home buyers in India are well travelled, highly-educated individuals who have great expectations from the homes they choose to invest in. The fact that home automation has become a very important criterion for them is a natural extension of this fact. Empowered with more disposable incomes, India’s growing middle class is looking for a lifestyle that addresses their needs for efficiency, functionality and sustainability.
Around the world, there has been very little relief from drought, according to the latest analysis from the National Integrated Drought Information System. With no relief and a bleak forecast, more cities are looking for innovative solutions to their water woes.In the U.S., the entire West Coast is struggling with droughts of varying degrees, with most of California and parts of Nevada in exceptional drought, the most severe stage. A number of regions, including the Arabian Peninsula and parts of Australia, India and China, are draining three-quarters or more of the water from their rivers.
A microwave that accepts voice-over-recipes, a washing machine that takes commands from a smartphone app and a Wi-Fi enabled air conditioner connected to a smartphone—Appliance makers in India plan to put these innovations together to create smart Indian homes for consumers.Internet of Things (IoT) that enables machines to interact with each other with minimal or no human intervention has spread across various consumer domains. Home appliance makers in India are keen on implementing IoT to everyday used home appliances.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining popularity among Indian enterprises, government, and consumers, but security concerns and the lack of relevant business cases may limit adoption in the shorter term, according to analysts at Gartner Inc.