Siemens is on the lookout for more acquisitions to help it establish a stronger position in the software side of the smart grid sector. The Munich-based company was not the first of the majors to jump into the smart grid software business, but it is doing its best to make up for the late entry.
Itron, Inc. and the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation have announced that they are partnering to deliver smart meters in Japan.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, or MELCO, has selected Itron’s smart grid software for a major smart metering project with Chubu Electric Power Company, Japan’s third largest electric utility.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) will deploy Itron’s smart grid software for a major smart metering project with Chubu Electric Power Company. Itron’s smart grid software will provide a critical function within the overall solution, securely collecting high-volumes of data to empower consumers to conserve energy and improve back-end utility processes.
Itron’s flexible OpenWay Collection Engine software will be installed at Chubu Electric to securely collect and relay a high-volume of data from field routers and approximately 10 million smart meters and deliver that data to the utility’s meter data management system. Itron’s collection engine will facilitate customer conservation efforts in Japan.
The challenges of creating a working smart grid will continue to evolve, making the adaptability of the state’s utilities a top priority in the coming years, according to Doug Kim, the director of advanced technology for Southern California Edison.
A speaker at General Electric Energy’s Annual Americas Smart Grid Software Summit held Tuesday morning at the Hotel del Coronado, Kim said California is headed in the right direction to deal with the changes and challenges ahead, offering up projects undertaken both in his and the San Diego Gas & Electric service territories as examples of the state’s progress.
Cellular smart grid software company Grid Net says it just released an extended and expanded software platform, Grid Net Platform v2.7, which provides a variety of new features for 3G public cellular smart grid deployments.
“Grid Net pioneered the cellular smart grid model in 2008 with our first private 4G WiMAX deployment at SP AusNet,” said John W. Combs, Grid Net chairman and CEO.
Infosys and Wipro have been named among the top seven vendors in the world of smart-grid software, a recent research report of GTM Research has said. Smart grids are those that have electrical devices with embedded software that can give out a fund of data in order that the grid may be better managed. Software is a key part of smart grids.
Siemens’ decision to buy long-time smart grid software partner eMeter this week might have been announced in an almost off-hand way during a big corporate conference call Monday morning. But its significance as a trend in the smart grid space speaks volumes.
eMeter, a privately held provider of smart grid software for utilities, has agreed to be acquired by Siemens, the German industrial giant, for an undisclosed price.
Utilities and data center operators have a new analytics tool available to help them make sense of the massive volumes of data being generated by a smarter, increasingly networked power grid.
Midas Medici Group Holdings’ new UtiliPoint Analytics is designed to advance smart-grid applications, smart meter data management and data center efficiency solutions.
Pragmatic Approach Enables Utilities to Begin to Recognize Smart Grid Benefits Prior to Full Smart Grid Deployment
WASHINGTON, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — CS WEEK 2009 —
* Oracle Utilities announced the introduction of Oracle’s smart grid software – an end-to-end software offering including mission-critical applications and back-end technology infrastructure. The products are designed to support utilities as they work to optimize the value of their smart grid components today while advancing toward a complete smart grid build out that leverages advances in IT, communications technology and energy technology to improve delivery utilization/resilience and empower consumers to address environmental concerns.
* Oracle offers a pragmatic approach to smart grid deployment, allowing utilities to begin recognizing the benefits of the smart grid now, while supporting a transition to a full smart grid architecture in the future, with lower cost and risk.
* Oracle’s smart grid software is a comprehensive, multi-solution software offering that addresses the two sides of the smart grid paradigm – allowing utilities to choose how to manage their operations and provide information to consumers to enable them to make better energy usage decisions.
* The offering helps to support cross-utility business processes, such as implementation of demand response and energy conservation programs that help utilities control and conserve power, take advantage of renewable energy and deliver information to end consumers to empower decision making. It also helps to accelerate and improve grid maintenance as well as repair and sizing, while enabling compliance with regulatory changes and accommodation of emerging standards.
* In the recent Oracle survey, “Turning Information Into Power: Moving Toward the Smart Grid,” the vast majority of consumers surveyed reported concern about the energy costs at their primary residence and are interested in receiving more detailed information about their energy use. Also, utilities managers surveyed believe it is critical that the United States adopt smart grid technologies. However, only 16 percent of the utilities surveyed have begun the implementation of smart grid technologies.