Summer vacation is near as Arizona families journey to places such as Disneyland, San Diego or relatives’ homes.Emerging technological advances have created an affordable arsenal to ensure the home vacationers left is the home they return to.Do-it-yourself smart-device security increasingly is used to monitor homes when owners are away or even to view its occupants — from children arriving from school to the dog that’s prone to tearing up furniture. Phoenix is the No. 1 real-estate market for smart-home features such as automated lighting, electronic locks and smart thermostats, according to an analysis released this year by realtor.com.
As the Internet of Things comes of age, San Diego’s On-Ramp Wireless may be one of the prototypical companies to emerge among a wave of IoT technologies known as low-power wide-area networks.¶In contrast to bandwidth-hungry wireless networks that require high power to drive video streaming and other high-volume data applications, low-power networks are intended to connect inexpensive devices that only need to occasionally “chirp” bursts of data. Think of electric and water meters, smoke alarms, parking meters, streetlights, traffic sensors, building controls, energy management systems, location tracking devices, and industrial sensor networks.
A National Geographic series on smart cities will showcase San Diego in an hour-long documentary scheduled to start airing on the National Geographic Channel in 60 countries beginning April 25. A Times of San Diego report says the documentary “uncovers what makes this unique city one of the most innovative, forward-thinking cities across the globe.”
The city of San Diego was selected by the National Geographic Channel to be featured as part of a series of “Smart Cities” to air on the National Geographic channel. The only city in North America to be profiled, San Diego was chosen because of the region’s quality of life, technology sector, local innovators, green practices and public planning.
San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer announced today that the series will begin airing April 25th. The program will highlight areas of the city including life sciences, high technology and craft brewing industries.
RFID Journal announced today that it is launching the Internet of Things Conference, to be co-located with the RFID Journal LIVE! 2015 conference and exhibition, taking place in San Diego, Calif. The Internet of Things Conference will focus on helping companies use IoT technologies to add value to their products, engage consumers in new and exciting ways, gather data about environmental conditions, create enhanced service-level agreements, and develop new business models.
A fireside chat, complete with virtual fireplace, kicked off the sold-out GTM Grid Edge Live event in San Diego this week.
Moderator Shayle Kann, SVP at GTM Research, grilled Mark Ferron, former Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission, Paul De Martini, Managing Director of Newport Consulting Group, and Dan Yates, CEO of Opower.
The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) is reporting that it has adequate power supplies to meet summer peaks despite drought conditions. The state’s hydroelectric supply is well below average.
Southern Orange and San Diego counties will be a focus of summer grid operations in the event that heat waves, unexpected power plant outages or wildfires threaten transmission lines and challenge reliability in the area affected by the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
NRG Energy subsidiary NRG eVgo is having more than 200 electric vehicle (EV) charging sites built throughout California. The new sites are in addition to its current 46 EV charging sites, which are either operational, under construction or being permitted in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Across California, 15 are currently operational.
The California Energy Commission has awarded funds to a consortium of Southern California-based organizations led by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) to establish a Southern California Center for Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technology. The Center will consist of one virtual hub and two physical locations—one in San Diego, which will be managed by the California Center for Sustainable Energy, and one in Los Angeles, which will be managed by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. The Center will serve the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura.
Mobile technology is on the verge of creating “smart cities,” using wireless applications to improve energy conservation, health care, transportation, recreation, retail activities, public safety, education and government, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs told the San Diego Downtown Partnership during its annual dinner Thursday night.
Jacobs told the audience that discussions of “smart cities” dominated his visit last month to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he was part of a panel discussion on technological innovations that could change the global marketplace.