22. June 2017 · Comments Off on Steps to the smart grid · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Since 2010, the UK has invested an impressive £52 billion ($66 billion) in renewable energy, dramatically shifting the country’s dependence on fossil fuels. On a global scale, wind turbines, tidal power and solar panels are fast becoming the energy generation methods of choice in most developed countries.But making this transition is not as simple as it seems. The technology required for creating a renewable-friendly network is available, but almost all the world’s existing energy infrastructure is designed specifically to distribute the highly predictable and controllable energy generated by fossil fuels.

Source: Steps to the smart grid – Power Engineering International

20. June 2016 · Comments Off on Research: Consumer appetite for smart homes is growing – but several concerns remain · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Mindshare, in association with SharpEnd, has launched the results of the first in-depth study into connected products in the home and the opportunity it offers to household brands.The researchers took a unique approach with their study and built ten connected “product and packaging” prototypes which five households trialled over the course of two weeks. The product trials were paired with a survey into the attitudes of 1000 UK smartphone users towards the Internet of Things and connected packaging. Over half of the consumers (64%) responded they’re interested to have everyday objects connected which is evidence of the appetite for IoT products. This corroborates with research from Berg Insights released this morning, who reports the number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 17.9 million in 2015 – a 56 percent year-on-year growth.

Source: Research: Consumer appetite for smart homes is growing – but several concerns remain – IoT Tech News

11. April 2016 · Comments Off on Ofcom puts aside a little bit of spectrum for Internet of Things things · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A proportion of very high frequency (VHF) wireless spectrum will be reserved for future use by Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices, the UK telecoms regulator has announced.Ofcom will also create a new category of licence specifically for IoT/machine-to-machine (M2M) communications applications, along with a “dedicated information and application web page” for those seeking spectrum access for connected devices, according to a policy statement by the regulator (31-page/258KB PDF). The new licence will replace its existing “business radio” (BR) licences, and will become available later this year, it said.

Source: Ofcom puts aside a little bit of spectrum for Internet of Things things • The Register

09. March 2016 · Comments Off on Q&A: Eric Dresselhuys of Silver Spring Networks talks smart cities and the Internet of Things · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Eric Dresselhuys, co-founder and executive vice president of global development at Silver Spring Networks, strives to make the UK a better, more cost-efficient and connected place. His company produces smart grid products, with the aim of creating smart cities across the globe.He spoke with Tech City News about the ins and outs of smart cities, what’s been done already in this area, what’s still to be done and why it is important.

Source: Q&A: Eric Dresselhuys of Silver Spring Networks talks smart cities and the Internet of Things – Tech City News | Tech City News

17. February 2016 · Comments Off on Chief IoT Officers Are A Thing Now · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

More than half of UK businesses (54 percent) plan to employ a chief IoT officer within the next year.This is especially so in the education (63 percent), retail (63 percent) and telecomms (64 percent) sectors, research commissioned by cybersecurity specialist Webroot and data centre organisation IO has revealed.

Source: Chief IoT Officers Are A Thing Now | TechWeekEurope UK