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:
- The tenets of the “Framework for Global Electronic Commerce” should guide the federal government’s approach to regulating the IoT.
- 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
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
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
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
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
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing in the packaging industry, as companies recognize the ways that it can help track important items such as medications, according to Scott Jost, vice president of innovation and design at Berlin Packaging.Jost said he’s seeing more packaging requirements now where the package has to offer some bi-directional communications, something that you would associate with IoT.
Source: IoT packaging can help healthcare industry save $10 billion annually – TechRepublic
Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a global leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch solutions, today announced the Atmel | SMART Bluetooth solution was awarded the “Best IoT Product” in the 2015 ARM Innovation Challenge.The ARM® Innovation Challenge is open to all exhibitors at the ARM TechCon Event held this week in Santa Clara, California, recognizing exceptional innovation. Winners were selected by a panel of judges from a field of 12 finalists.
Source: Atmel Receives “Best IoT Product” Award In ARM Innovation Challenge
Green Charge Networks, the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the US, won the Fierce Innovation Award for Energy Storage by FierceMarkets and Smart Grid News. Judges evaluated submissions based on technology innovation, financial impact, market validation, ability to integrate into existing network environments, and end-user customer experience. Green Charge was recognized for its industry-leading intelligent energy storage platform.
Source: Green Charge Networks Receives Top Energy Storage Award from FierceMarkets and Smart Grid News | Business Wire
Telstra is looking to stay ahead of the curve by encouraging technological innovation through collaboration with startups, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, and the Internet of Things (IoT) — but said that ensuring its network continues to be the best in Australia is still at the core of its business, and the driving force behind being able to deliver these capabilities.
Source: Telstra CEO eyes innovation through startups, IoT, M2M | ZDNet
The European Commission has adopted an upgraded Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan, which is the first research and innovation deliverable on which the fifth dimension of the Energy Union will be built. The new SET Plan builds on an integrated approach which goes beyond technology silos and proposes ten focused research and innovation actions to accelerate the transformation of the energy system and to create growths and jobs, while ensuring the EU’s leadership in the development and deployment of low-
Source: A New Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan Has Been Adopted | EIP – Smart Cities and Communities Market Place