Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced today that its LoRa™ RF wireless technology has been widely adopted by many metering companies in China to scale metering deployments domestically and internationally. Metering companies in China were some of the early adopters of LoRa technology, and most of the major suppliers in the region design and ship LoRa-equipped meters to companies around the world.
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a decision of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that had vacated FERC Order 745. Well, that summary sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it?Except, if you live in the world of electricity, smart grids, batteries EVs, and energy efficiency, it’s not. In fact, it is pretty exciting. Because, at its heart, the ruling (Justices Thomas and Scalia dissenting, Alito abstaining) firmly establishes an economic equivalency between actions that take place on the customer side of the meter with those that take place in wholesale electric markets. Which means that suppliers of demand response, energy efficiency and different types of electric storage can feel much more confident in their economic future.
The IoT industry is exploding, and with that explosion in everything from chipsets to devices to protocols and more, comes the push from service providers and suppliers alike to standardize, collaborate, certify and comply.It’s a natural evolution that many other communications industry segments have already gone through. While some larger industry groups have included the Internet of Things (IoT) under their umbrella of projects and committees, at Mobile World Congress 2015, the LoRa Alliance launched to tackle the standardization of a low power wide area networking (LPWAN) specification intended for battery-operated things.
STMicroelectronics plans to build ICs incorporating circuitry for LoRa wide area networks, the Internet of things (IoT) networking WAN technology developed by Semtech.LoRaWAN technology is promoted by the LoRa Alliance, which includes Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC), along with a set of IoT product suppliers and network operators. The group has an obvious gaping hole, however — the lack of a second source for LoRaWAN chips, backing up Semtech.
Smart meters are a “key” incentive for customers to switch their energy suppliers.That was the message from industry experts at an event which talked about consumer engagement in the UK energy market.According to Gillian Cooper, Head of Retail Energy Markets at Citizens Advice, smart meters are providing customers with accurate bills as well as changing their behaviour around switching suppliers.
Arrow Electronics, Inc. ARW, +0.27% today announced its new “Arrow Intelligent Services” framework and set of software capabilities that will dramatically simplify the way Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), enterprises and suppliers build, deploy and manage connected and intelligent systems.Arrow’s new global offering enables developers to more quickly and inexpensively build applications that interact with IoT hardware through standard web services and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), rather than through complicated and proprietary interfaces and development kits. Working closely with key suppliers, Arrow will transform heterogeneous and proprietary development interfaces into a more standard and simple API-based framework. Arrow is also providing off-the-shelf management capabilities for a number of product categories, starting with gateways.
In the UK, one of the Big Six energy suppliers involved in the UK smart meter rollout has confirmed it has installed 1.5 million units. Gas and electricity supplier British Gas has installed 500,000 units since June 2014, some of which are offering time-of-use tariffs.
As more devices connect to the Internet of Things (IoT), Internet service providers, equipment suppliers and retail equipment manufacturers, along with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), are hailing a new voluntary agreement to improve the energy efficiency of Internet modems, routers and other equipment that delivers broadband to millions of Americans. Covering nearly 80 million homes or more than 90 percent of U.S. broadband households, the agreement sets rigorous requirements that will improve the energy efficiency of small network equipment (SNE) by 10 to 20 percent compared to typical, recently-deployed devices.
More than eight million building management systems (BMS) will be integrated with some form of Internet of Things (IoT) platform, application or service by 2020, according to a recent report from ABI Research.However, like many suppliers in established markets today, commercial building management system vendors face both opportunities and threats when navigating the emerging IoT ecosystem.
Move over, shale. The sun is now the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity.Solar power capacity in the U.S. has jumped 20-fold since 2008 as companies including Apple Inc. use it to reduce their carbon footprints. Rooftop panels are sprouting on homes from suburban New York to Phoenix, driven by suppliers such as SolarCity Corp. and NRG Energy Inc.