Silver Spring Networks joined the increasingly crowded race to provide a wide-area wireless network for the Internet of Things. Starfish is a public version of the 900 MHz network the company developed initially for smart utility meters.
Nearly a dozen contenderss are trying to fill a need for long distance networks that cut the cost and power consumption of today’s cellular machine-to-machine networks. Silver Spring believes it can offer at relatively low cost significantly better throughput and latency than current leading 900 MHz competitors in the space, Sigfox and the LoRa Alliance.
Source: IoT Networks Get New Rival | EE Times
The Wi-SUN Alliance and HomePlug Alliance have formed a liaison agreement to facilitate standards-based interoperability for utilities’ smart grid networks. The Wi-SUN Alliance works to enable standards-based wireless smart utility networks, and the HomePlug Alliance supports powerline communications networking.
via Renew Grid: Content / New & Noteworthy / Groups Collaborate To Improve Smart Grid Communications Interoperability.
The Wi-SUN® Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating interoperable wireless solutions for use in energy management, smart-utility network applications, today announced completion of Wi-SUN ECHONET-Lite specification and is now available for product development. The specification provides for fully interoperable, multiple vendor implementations.
via Wi-SUN Alliance completes verification of communications specification for ECHONET-Lite based Wireless Smart Utility Network Products – MarketWatch.
The Wi-SUN Alliance has completed verification of its physical layer conformance and interoperability test specifications for wireless smart utility network devices using IEEE802.15.4g.
The alliance says this the final step in developing a certification process by which products may qualify to use the Wi-SUN PHY logo, assuring interoperable deployment for utility networks.
via Renew Grid: Content / New & Noteworthy / Wi-SUN Completes Test Specs For Wireless Smart Utility Network Products.
Siemens Smart Grid has announced its lead sponsorship for the annual Metering, Billing/CRM Europe, co-joined with Transmission & Distribution/Smart Grids Europe and Smart Homes which is taking place from 9-11 October in Amsterdam.
In what Siemens’ CEO Dr Jan Michael Mrosik describes as the “ultimate smart utility experience,” the event will gather some 6500 utility professionals at what has become the largest industry conference and exhibition on the continent. Says Dr Mrosik: “This is the ideal occasion for Siemens Smart Grid to present its vision and solutions for the energy landscape of the future. After a long phase of discussing and planning intelligent energy infrastructures, the time has now come to construct Smart Grids and to create successful business cases for utilities.”
via Siemens to Unveil Its End-to-End Smart Grid Portfolio at Metering Europe in October – PR.com.
Airspan Networks Inc., a leading provider of broadband wireless access solutions, announced today an agreement with LightSquared, the nation’s first wholesale-only integrated wireless broadband and satellite network, whereby Airspan will exclusively market LightSquared’s 1.4 GHz wireless spectrum. This spectrum, when combined with Airspan’s proven, reliable and robust broadband and next generation 4G products, provides the utilities industry with a comprehensive solution for Smart Grid and Smart Utility applications.
via Airspan and LightSquared(TM) Team Up on Smart Grid With Licensed Spectrum and 4G Equipment – MarketWatch.
A study released today by CSC (CSC 54.58, +0.07, +0.12%) found that business and IT executives at the top 20 utilities and retail energy providers worldwide are finding opportunities for growth as new smart utility and meter-to-cash advancements are unveiled. Participants of the 2010 Smart Utility and Meter-to-Cash Study reveal that there is optimism in the utilities sector about implementing new technologies to support the “smart grid,” but that the business processes to support them are just beginning to take shape.
via CSC: Study Reveals Opportunity for Global Utilities as Grids Get Smarter – MarketWatch.