01. July 2016 · Comments Off on The Future of the Internet is the Internet of Things  · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

The Niskanen Center has submitted its comments on questions pertaining to the Internet of Things (IoT) to the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA). We indicate that the Defending Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act would be a welcome legislative vehicle for addressing many of the issues and concerns associated with the IoT.  In addition, we offered two recommendations for NTIA, as well as federal agencies in general, as to how they ought to approach dealing with the emerging IoT:

  1. The tenets of the “Framework for Global Electronic Commerce” should guide the federal government’s approach to regulating the IoT.
  2. NTIA and other federal agencies should refrain from IoT-specific mandates, multistakeholder processes, or other efforts that would act as bureaucratic impediments to innovation.

Source: The Future of the Internet is the Internet of Things | Niskanen Center

30. March 2016 · Comments Off on EVCA: Pacific Gas and Electric proposal could use a makeover  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA), a coalition of electric vehicle charging organizations and companies, is coming down hard on Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for a recently submitted proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). According to EVCA, the $654 million proposal to build 25,100 electric vehicle charging stations in PG&E territory asks for too broad a control over EV charging that will cost ratepayers, inhibit innovation, and limit customer choice. The CPUC has shut down the proposal.

Source: EVCA: Pacific Gas and Electric proposal could use a makeover – SmartGridNews

20. January 2016 · Comments Off on Giving IoT healthcare a boost in the UK · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

While the Internet of Things (IoT) is certainly still in hype phase, connected technologies are fast becoming pervasive across a wide range of industries and promise to deliver real benefits. But like any new technology cycle, it’s about finding solutions to problems that matter. That’s the thinking behind the recently launched national IoTUK Boost Programme, designed to support IoT innovation and adoption across business and public sectors, through open innovation challenges and incubation activities across the UK.IoTUK has appointed four local partners to deliver the IoTUK Boost activity. These are Scottish based CENSIS, the innovation centre for sensor and imaging systems; DataCity – Leeds in Partnership with ODI Leeds & DigicatYorks; Sunderland Software City, which supports aspiring and established software businesses in the North East of England; and CW (Cambridge Wireless), to run the Boost programme in the South of England.

Source: Giving IoT healthcare a boost in the UK | ITProPortal.com

12. January 2016 · Comments Off on Realization of a Vision: NZ on its way to 90 percent renewables · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Energy Excelerator is helping New Zealand reach its goal of 90 percent renewables by 2025. The nation’s leading cleantech incubator, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Energy Excelerator is partnering with Vector, New Zealand’s largest distributor of energy to give the utility access to Energy Excelerator’s broad portfolio of cleantech companies and a vast pipeline of innovation.”Innovation is core to Vector’s growth. Energy Excelerator and its pipeline of innovation will help us test and scale new solutions,” said Simon Mackenzie, CEO of Vector. Vector is also partnering with Tesla Energy to deploy energy storage in New Zealand.

Source: Realization of a Vision: NZ on its way to 90 percent renewables – SmartGridNews

11. January 2016 · Comments Off on Smart Cities Taking a Large Step Forward · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Last month, I blogged about the chaos that accompanies the deployment of fundamental and transitional new technology. The bottom line is that cascading innovation means the initial steps forward will be confusing. A smart streetlight, for instance, can be discussed from the light perspective, the Internet of Things (IoT) perspective, the smart city perspective and, perhaps, others. Some vendors also will push products that don’t quite meet the proper definition.

Source: Smart Cities Taking a Large Step Forward