Wireless equipment company Ericsson (ERIC – Analyst Report) teamed up with the Global M2M Association (“GMA”), the Bridge Alliance and Samsung, to deliver pioneering solutions that will facilitate new, inventive business models for the Internet of Things (IoT).The collaboration will allow international enterprises to deploy connected devices and services securely globally, under local terms and conditions.End-users will now be able to employ the same device with services and data plans for a tailored offering while also enjoying corporate security.
Driven by market forces and evolving customer demands, Hawaii has, in a relatively short time, integrated a significant amount of distributed renewables. To better understand the renewable transformation currently underway in Hawaii, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and energy consulting firm ScottMadden Inc. led a group of international energy industry executives to explore the state’s renewable energy market through face-to-face meetings with thought leaders and decision makers — including the Hawaiian electric utility, transmission and renewable energy industries; government, trade, and industry associations; and market experts — who are adapting to the state’s dynamic and challenging environment.
Consumer Electronics Show or the CES is an international electronics and technology trade show which brings together renowned companies and industry professionals under one roof.The show is held every year in the month of January at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The show is organized by Consumer Electronics Association and it was inaugurated back in June 1967.With 2015 coming to an end, time is nearing for another edition of the immensely popular CES. Here is a short list of what to expect from the upcoming edition of CES which is the CES 2016.
The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has announced an expansion of its liaison with the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), to focus on developing technologies and testbeds that will help boost IoT adoption in the energy sector – from smart homes to utility-scale infrastructure. The move will make it easier for IIC members to participate in SGIP testbeds, and vice versa, and see the two commit to a formal review of each other’s energy ambitions.Separately, Germany utility RWE has submitted its Lemonbeat communications protocol to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for review, as part of its work in the Web of Things interest group. It hopes Lemonbeat will become the international standard for IoT networking, and RWE is already using it inside its SmartHome trials.
In a show of support for the Obama administration’s push for a strong international agreement on climate change, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) stood with the president and senior administration officials at the White House today as they announced new pledges by major companies to reduce greenhouse gases and address the impacts of global warming.PG&E was among the companies signing on to the administration’s American Business Act on Climate initiative, which is aimed at rallying U.S. companies behind the need for action on climate change ahead of international climate talks in Paris next month. The utility’s pledge outlined a series of actions it plans to pursue.
Samsung’s new SmartThings range kit was shown off in one of the events of the IFA consumer electronics held in Berlin. And, in an amazing show of display, Samsung will now let its consumers to control, secure, and protect their homes with the introduction of its five new smart home sensors. “The Samsung SmartThings Hub is the heart of your smart home. It connects wirelessly with hundreds of compatible smart devices, allowing you to monitor, control and secure your home from anywhere,” Samsung said at the international event.
In the late 19th century, the legendary inventor Nikola Tesla proposed the creation of an international system for transmitting electricity wirelessly. Wireless power refers to the transmission of electricity without the use of solid wires. The appeal of a wirelessly-powered world is obvious. The primary problem with wireless power has not changed since Tesla dreamed up the idea more than a century ago. It is an inefficient way of transmitting electric power, especially over long distances.
Many of us have looked longingly and probably with a hint of envy, at the annual lists of the most livable cities in America and the world. Places like Austin, TX, Charlotte, NC, Vienna, Zurich, Vancouver and Munich regularly make the cut. Consultancies like Mercer have sliced and diced the data around political stability, crime, media censorship, medical supplies and services, availability of international schools and public transportation  down to easily digestible rankings that paint a picture of opportunity and future growth. Moving quickly into the 21st century, it becomes apparent that a city’s overall livability will have to enter a new dimension in order to keep pace with growing populations and finite resources. Technological innovation coupled with smart connectivity that leverages the growing Internet of Things, can solve actual pain points related to traffic congestion, waste/pollution management and energy efficiency that will take city livability to new levels.
Bill Gates has announced he will invest $2bn (£1.3bn) in renewable technologies initiatives, but rejected calls to divest from the fossil fuel companies that are burning carbon at a rate that ignores international agreements to limit global warming.
The United Nations is joining the melee for a single “internet of things” (IoT) standard.The UN-run International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has created a new “study group” that will develop international standards for the technology to enable low-power communications between machines and sensor networks.Study Group 20 will be officially called “IoT and its applications, including smart cities and communities,” and will focus first on “standards that leverage IoT technologies to address urban-development challenges.” It hopes to come up with a full end-to-end architecture for IoT, and so allow for full interoperability of both applications and datasets.