24. August 2016 · Comments Off on ?7 ways smart homes make life easier · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Think of all the ways smart phones have made our lives easier. We can hail rides, navigate streets, share photos and so much more. Now get ready for the next step in smart tech: fully connected smart homes that would make George Jetson proud.Today, just about anyone can turn their humble abode into a high-tech automated hub that not only keeps your family safe and secure, it also lets you monitor and control a slew of functions from anywhere using your phone, tablet or computer. For example, Cox Homelife, a reliable, 24/7 professionally monitored and remote home management system, provides advanced features in addition to what you get in a traditional alarm system with time-saving, cost-saving and worry-saving features to help customers protect, monitor and control their home and ensure their family’s safety.

Source: 7 ways smart homes make life easier – LA Times

17. December 2015 · Comments Off on A Second Major Home Automation System Invention from Apple Surfaced last week · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Last Thursday we posted a patent report titled “Apple Invents Siri for Home Automation.” Apple’s invention related to systems and processes for using a virtual assistant (Siri) to control electronic devices within a future home automation system or hub. Over the weekend after reviewing Apple’s 359 published patents a little deeper, I was able to discover a second major home automation patent filing covering ‘accessory management system using an environmental model.’ The system likely relates to Apple’s HomeKit.

Source: A Second Major Home Automation System Invention from Apple Surfaced last week – Patently Apple

10. February 2015 · Comments Off on Itron Unveils New 4G LTE Smart Meter Solution · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Power measurement: Itron Inc. has announced the launch of its new 4G LTE smart metering solution. The solution, featuring an OpenWay® CENTRON 4G LTE meter, is the latest technology in Itron’s cellular portfolio that provides broad territory coverage, low latency and network longevity, using the fastest 4G LTE technology available today. The solution will be commercially available by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

The smart cellular metering technology is a part of Itron’s OpenWay smart grid solution, providing utilities with the option to deploy any combination of cellular and RF mesh communications, including 4G LTE, all under the same network management system. 4G LTE communication is particularly useful for hard-to-reach locations or territories or for opt-in scenarios. Due to the low latency of the 4G LTE network, the new solution is also a good option for DA/SCADA applications or utilizing smart meters as grid sensors to monitor distribution system conditions.

via Smart meters: Itron Unveils New 4G LTE Smart Meter Solution – Utility Products Magazine.

04. February 2015 · Comments Off on Itron Introduced New Smart Meter Solution · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Itron has launched a new smart metering solution that features the OpenWay CENTRON 4G LTE meter, which provides broad territory coverage, low latency, and network longevity. The OpenWay smart grid solution enables utilities to deploy any combination of cellular and RF mesh communications, including 4G LTE, all under the same network management system.

According to Itron, “4G LTE communication is particularly useful for hard-to-reach locations or territories or for opt-in scenarios. Due to the low latency of the 4G LTE network, the new solution is also a good option for DA/SCADA applications or utilizing smart meters as grid sensors to monitor distribution system conditions.”

via Itron Introduced New Smart Meter Solution –.

19. August 2014 · Comments Off on More PV to grid: Fronius wins Smart Grids Pioneer award, receives sustainability certification · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

PV inverter maker Fronius International GmbH (Wels, Austria) has been awarded the title of “Smart Grids Pioneer 2014” for its research project “morePV2grid”. Fronius has also recently completed the audit of the environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001.

“The Smart Grid Pioneer award and environmental management certification once again underline the position of Fronius as the quality leader and as a pioneer in the fields of innovation and sustainability,” says Martin Hackl, head of the Solar Energy Division at Fronius International.

via KW33 | More PV to grid: Fronius wins Smart Grids Pioneer award, receives sustainability certification – SolarServer.

30. July 2014 · Comments Off on Landis+Gyr Updates Command Center Software For Gridstream System · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Landis+Gyr has released version 6.2 of its Command Center operating software for the Gridstream advanced metering and grid management system.

The company says the latest version supports new network management tools for routers and collectors, improved monitoring of load-side meter voltage and remote service switch operations, as well as scheduled “snapshots” of meter information, such as temperature, to aid in diagnostics and analytics.

via Renew Grid: Content / Products & Technology / Landis+Gyr Updates Command Center Software For Gridstream System.

20. June 2014 · Comments Off on Alstom to Deploy Demand Response Management System in New York · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

As part of a Department of Energy Smart Grid Demonstration Project, Alstom has been awarded a contract to deliver Demand Response Management System (DRMS) to Con Edison.

Con Edison provides electric service to 3.3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. Alstom’s DRMS, based on its e-terraDRBizNet 3.0 (pdf) technology, will allow Con Edison to efficiently use consumer loads to manage energy supply and demand, with incentives offered to electricity customers to reduce consumption during periods of peak distribution system demand—such as hot summer days, or to alleviate stress on the distribution system. This demand response management system optimizes existing energy available and paves the way to a reliable grid.

via Alstom to Deploy Demand Response Management System in New York.

09. June 2014 · Comments Off on Smart Grid: Alstom to help manage New York City’s electricity demand · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

As part of a Department of Energy Smart Grid Demonstration Project, Alstom has been awarded a contract to deliver Demand Response Management System (DRMS) to Con Edison. Con Edison provides electric service to 3.3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. Alstom’s DRMS, based on its e-terraDRBizNet 3.0 technology, will allow Con Edison to efficiently use consumer loads to manage energy supply and demand, with incentives offered to electricity customers to reduce consumption during periods of peak distribution system demand – such as hot summer days, or to alleviate stress on the distribution system. This demand response management system optimizes existing energy available and paves the way to a reliable grid.

via Smart Grid: Alstom to help manage New York City’s electricity demand – Pennenergy.

05. June 2014 · Comments Off on Ambient introduces cloud-based smart grid communications system · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Ambient has introduced the cloud-based version of its smart grid communications network management system.

AmbientNMS manages communications between grid devices and the utility operations center.

It also offers a suite of software applications for real-time grid monitoring and management.

via Ambient introduces cloud-based smart grid communications system – Energy Business Review.

20. May 2014 · Comments Off on Inside SDG&E’s Plan to Optimize the Distributed Grid of the Future · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

For years now, utility San Diego Gas & Electric has been planning a multi-million-dollar investment in technology to help it monitor and manage the solar panels, plug-in electric vehicles, energy storage assets and demand response capabilities on the customer side of its grid.

SDG&E calls it a distributed energy resources management system, or DERMS. According to the utility’s 2011 smart grid deployment plan, the system should be “fully functional and interfacing with customer loads and resources, supporting the planning and utilization of all distributed energy resources” in the utility’s service territory (PDF).

via Inside SDG&E’s Plan to Optimize the Distributed Grid of the Future : Greentech Media.