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2010.04.14

IdaTech And Cascadiant to Deploy Advanced Fuel Cell Technology With Hutchison Telecom In Indonesia

Source: IdaTech

BEND, ORE, USA, April 14, 2010 – IdaTech plc (AIM: IDA) a global leader in the development and manufacture of clean and reliable PEM fuel cell products for critical backup power markets, in conjunction with its partner Cascadiant Inc. and Indonesian wireless operator PT Hutchison CP Telecommunications (HCPT), is pleased to announce a deployment of the latest generation of hydrogen backup power fuel cell systems throughout the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

IdaTech’s partner Cascadiant has been awarded the contract to install and support the ElectraGen™ H2 fuel cell systems. This order confirms the value proposition of backup power fuel cell systems and demonstrates the growing trend of telecom service providers to support and promote more eco-friendly initiatives including the reduction of telecom sector emissions, lowering energy consumption and the overall carbon footprint.

Harol Koyama, CEO of IdaTech, commented, “We are delighted to be working with Cascadiant to supply ElectraGen™ fuel cell systems for the Indonesian market. This agreement is an exciting sign of the times to come. Indonesia is a very attractive wireless market because of its large population and will undoubtedly require more solutions such as these fuel cell systems to support the operations of mobile products as they become more popular. With an experienced local partner like Cascadiant that is dedicated to identifying and promoting more sustainable means of energy within its solutions, IdaTech sees this as a significant win,” Koyama said.

According to Marshall Towe, President and CEO of Cascadiant, “We’re extremely pleased to play a leading role in furthering the use of cleaner fuel cell technology in Indonesia. This denotes a solid acceptance in the belief that greener technology is truly the wave of the future in ensuring the protection and functionality of telecom services in dire situations.” He continued by saying, “We applaud Hutchison for their forward looking endorsement of this technology and we believe that it is a milestone in achieving mass adoption of fuel cell products as viable replacements for generators and batteries.”

Telecommunications networks require reliable backup power solutions that can operate for several hours or days when electricity is no longer available due to severe weather, natural disasters, or grid quality. IdaTech’s ElectraGen™ fuel cell systems were developed specifically to provide critical backup power to the telecom market when loss of grid occurs. These fuel cell systems are fueled directly by hydrogen or by using IdaTech’s proprietary fuel reformer process that converts liquid fuel, methanol & water, into hydrogen gas to power the unit.

2010.04.12

CSC study foresees more opportunity as grids get smarter

FALLS CHURCH, Va. --(Business Wire)-- A study released today by CSC 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.

The study, commissioned by CSC and conducted by leading analyst firm, IDC Energy Insights, in the winter of 2009-2010, queried business and IT executives from leading utilities from Australia, China, the United Kingdom and the United States about their major initiatives, objectives, expected payback, readiness and challenges. IDC Energy Insights is a division of International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets.

Responses indicate that smart utility and meter-to-cash technologies are creating significant amounts of data and analytics for customer intelligence, which allows utilities to study consumer reaction to pricing, identify potential revenue leakage, forecast customers’ ability to pay and limit unbilled usage through move-in/move-out disconnections. Despite these advantages, less than half of the top 20 utilities are currently applying analytics to energy consumption, but utilities executives across all regions believe that with the proper planning, organizations can achieve desired profitability goals in a relatively short amount of time.

“Smart meters and a diversity of transmission and distribution grid sensors are generating volumes of data, and this has the potential to have a profound effect on the business,” said Jill Feblowitz, practice director, IDC Energy Insights. “Surprisingly, utilities executives indicated that they are not yet at a point where they’re making full use of this data.”

The study also showed that utilities recognize that they must do more to adopt new meter-to-cash processes to drive the bottom line. New remote connect and disconnect services can send an automated notification to customers of possible shut off, which creates a more open lines of communication with the customer and enhances their service experience. The availability of new data through updated meter-to-cash systems tells providers more about customer credit history, payment history and consumption will support improved approaches to credit and collections.

“A critical component of successful planning is a comprehensive, long-term roadmap for the smart enterprise that takes into account changes in technology, business processes and customer interactions,” said Robert E. Welch, president, CSC’s Chemical, Energy and Natural Resources Group. “CSC is working with its clients to ensure they are prepared to implement smart technologies and keep their business moving forward.”

More key findings from the interviews conducted for the study include:
  • Smart grid investments are strong across all surveyed regions regardless of whether or not utilities have received stimulus funding
  • Utilities embracing a comprehensive network strategy will benefit from scalability capabilities as new application deployments increase
  • Short-term planning will result in overspending, thus a long-term vision of enterprise architecture that considers changes in business processes and customer interactions is essential
  • Smart grid security will be a major focus for utilities and this provides a huge opportunity for security services outsourcing
“The move to smart energy provides utilities with the opportunity to improve competitiveness, profitability and customer satisfaction. ROI can be realized more quickly than many utilities recognize. The average payback for investments in smart metering/Advanced Metering Infrastructure is just six years. The average ROI period for dynamic pricing is even faster, just three years,” added Welch.

For more information, visit visit www.csc.com/2010SmartStudy.

2010.04.08

Home Automation Systems global revenue may approach $12 Bil by 2015


According to ABI Research, the home automation market is approaching an inflection point beyond which its growth rate will increase significantly.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Revenue from shipments of home automation systems will exceed $11.8 billion in 2015, according to a new study released by ABI Research. That number includes all four categories of home automation: Luxury, Mainstream, DIY and Managed. The luxury segment will deliver the greatest revenue.

In addition to quantitative market measurement, ABI Research also sampled US consumers’ attitudes with a September 2009 survey. Nearly half of the 1001 respondents did not know what “home automation” is. A further 43% understood the concept but had no system installed.

According to practice director Sam Lucero, “Our survey results show that a major challenge is simply lack of awareness on the part of mainstream consumers. Other issues for consumers were the expense, and a perceived lack of need for home automation.”

Nonetheless, Lucero believes that for several reasons the home automation market is approaching an inflection point beyond which its growth rate will increase significantly.

·        Vendors are taking advantage of standards-based wireless and powerline technologies to drive down costs and expand the addressable market.

·        Companies in related home systems markets are increasingly targeting home control and monitoring functionality in their devices.

·        Home security service providers view home monitoring and managed home automation services as a means of accelerating growth.

·        Telco and cable broadband service providers see managed home automation services as a way to increase revenue.

·        Utilities can use home automation technologies to help homeowners reduce power usage.

Abiresearch_homentwkchart_2 How do these drivers mesh with consumers’ intentions? An average of three quarters of the 39% of survey respondents who intend buy a home automation system within three years rated three functions as the ones they would expect to use most: energy management, home control, and security. Sam Lucero concludes, “The home automation market is clearly at an inflection point and poised for significant growth over the next few years.”

ABI Research’s “Home Automation and Control” study provides qualitative and quantitative analysis of home automation and control system markets through 2015. The data and forecasts are divided by region and by major market segments.

For more information, visit www.abiresearch.com.

Goal Setting, Real-Time Feedback and Social Engagement Key Drivers for Smart Grid Adoption

GroundedPower Submits Behavior-Focused Recommendations for California Smart Grid Initiative

NEWTON, Mass. --(Business Wire)-- GroundedPower, creator of the interactive customer engagement system (iCES) for consumer-driven energy management and efficiency, has urged the California Public Utilities Commission to encourage utilities to adopt web-based technologies that appeal to self-identified consumer motivations beyond price signals. According to GroundedPower’s formal comments, consumer acceptance and adoption are among the top challenges utilities face with moving to the Smart Grid. This is especially true in California, where consumers in some areas are already rebelling against what they perceive to be higher costs related to the technology.


In response to the California Public Utilities Commission’s request for commentary on the state’s Smart Grid deployment plans and the best methods for providing access to electricity prices and usage, GroundedPower writes that “while price is an important motivator, it is just one of a number of factors that encourage consumers to save energy.”

GroundedPower argues that consumer engagement is fundamental to the next generation of energy efficiency and demand response applications, particularly in a Smart Grid environment. The Company notes that price as a lone motivator may overlook the significant potential of other factors, such as improving the environment, competition, cooperation, peer comparisons, learning and recognition and rewards.

Additionally, GroundedPower recommends that the Commission provide flexibility to utilities to encourage adoption of new and innovative technologies, including those related to web portal and other communications vehicles. In pilot applications, GroundedPower has found that consumers who are engaged, motivated and empowered to achieve energy efficiency goals will have greater recognition of the importance of demand side management. This is displayed in both the level of savings being achieved and in anecdotal information showing increased favorability toward the program sponsor or utility.

For example, the Company points to a pilot project on Cape Cod, Mass., for which monthly savings are averaging close to 10 percent without an in-home display, plug level monitors, time differentiated pricing or direct load control. Participant interest for this pilot program was high, with 90 percent of participants indicating they were interested in keeping the system after the pilot period. With 80 percent of participants logging on to the dedicated site weekly, it is clear that ongoing engagement is imperative to adoption of Smart Grid initiatives.

“The recognition that consumers are motivated by behavior that goes well beyond price signals is crucial to the success of the California Smart Grid. In fact, focusing solely on dollars can lead to user resistance rather than interest and cooperation,” said Dr. Paul Cole, CEO and founder of GroundedPower. “Environmental concerns, competition, community cooperation, peer comparisons, rewards and recognition and learning are proven motivators for changing behaviors related to energy use. Offering technology that enables consumers to tap into their motivations will ensure that California utilities provide users with all the right tools—technological and behavioral—to become habitually more energy efficient, and to feel favorably about electricity providers.”

For more information, visit www.groundedpower.com.

2010.04.05

Nearly $4 bil from DoE giving US Smart Grids a boost, for now

Chairman of IEEE's P2030 Smart Grid Interoperability committee sees enormous potential, and a long road ahead

Dick DeBlasio, IEEE Smart Grid & Interoperability Expert

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Dick DeBlasio, IEEE Life Member and IEEE Smart Grid Liaison to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)



We recently talked to one of the leading smart grid and interoperability engineers in the U.S., Dick Deblasio.

DeBlasio holds a long string of titles and recognitions within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Last May, the Life Member after 40 years of professional engineering service became chair of P2030, a "Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS) and End-Use Applications and Loads;" in conjunction with this role, he serves as IEEE Smart Grid Liaison to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

He admits that this and several other responsibilities for organiziing committee activity at IEEE keep him quite busy these days. Meanhile DeBlasio holds down a day job as Principal Laboratory Program Manager for Electricity, Research and Development at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado.

The  next meeting of the IEEE P2030 working group will happen May 25-28
at Connectivity Week in Santa Clara, Calif. Or, if your plans bring you to Louisiana on April 21, you may find DeBlasio and other leading technologists in New Orleans for what was recently declared "Smart Grid Day at IEEE PES T&D Conference." IEEE recently announced this expansion of purpose in the New Orleans Local organizing committee. The announcement included the following food for thought:

"A Smart Grid, as defined by the US Department of Energy, integrates advanced sensing technologies, control methods and integrated communications into the existing electricity grid. Although Smart Grid technology presents opportunities for utilities and consumers to benefit from the efficient management of energy, significant challenges need to be addressed to integrate and deploy these innovative technologies."

Please listen to this informative Audiocast with DeBlasio for the inside story on these efforts.

For more infomation about P2030, DeBlasio, or IEEE's interoperability programs, visit smartgrid.ieee.org. More information about the New Orleans Smart Grid Day is available at www.ieeet-d.org/smartgrid.html.

2010.03.31

Erdgas Münster controls pipeline network with KEYMILE systems technology

Hannover - Erdgas Münster, a major German remote gas company, has selected KEYMILE systems technology to monitor natural gas transmission. As a result, remote maintenance and control of the pipelines will be much more efficient and cut operating costs.

For over 50 years, Erdgas Münster has been supplying its customers with natural gas that is almost exclusively from North German fields. The complex pipeline network that has evolved over the years is over 2,200 km long. It connects to the north German natural gas fields and is located primarily between Bentheim, Emsland and the Hanover, Göttingen and Wendland region.

The control centre in Münster monitors and controls the gas flow. The centre also supervises the blending and distribution stations. Due to the increasing demands on operation and monitoring the supply network, Erdgas Münster decided to introduce a new, advanced solution and has opted for KEYMILE systems technology.

Data and information from production, the blending and distribution, as well as the transfer stations, are transmitted to the control centre in Münster via cables along the gas pipelines. The new solution, based on KEYMILE technology, supports continued monitoring of the process and creates the basis for reliable telecontrol system communication.

In this case, the multi-service access platform UMUX, as well as LineRunner SCADA NG are used. LineRunner SCADA NG is a broadband transmission system for reliable data transmission in telecontrol and SCADA networks (SCADA:

Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition). UMUX enables connection to copper and fibre optic line networks, multiplexing, switching data streams and broadband data aggregation for TDM and Ethernet data in just one single network component. This reduces the complexity of the transmission network.
Therefore, Erdgas Münster can continue to utilise the existing infrastructure for data and voice services and can also handle new packet-based services. LineRunner SCADA NG is applied if accurate data transmission is required in tough ambient conditions and where space is limited.

"Sophisticated DSL transmission technology, as well as the integration of the traditional interfaces in packet-based transmission technology, allows Erdgas Münster to continue to use existing copper wire effectively and efficiently. At the same time, KEYMILE technology means we are extremely well prepared for future telecontrol technology modifications", explains Hans Lange from the Measurement and Control department at Erdgas Münster.

"There were many reasons why we chose KEYMILE. Right from the concept development phase, the company's customer focus and technical expertise impressed us. Specific demands on the products used were implemented quickly. Another convincing argument was the references for the UMUX platform, from the railway companies in Switzerland for example".

About Erdgas Münster

Erdgas Münster GmbH is a remote gas company that markets more than 40 percent of German natural gas production. This figure equals about seven percent of natural gas demand in Germany. Domestic natural gas remains an important factor in securing Germany's energy supply. For more information about Erdgas Münster, visit http://www.erdgas.de.


2010.03.24

GE to Increase Availability of Global Wireless Coverage with Backup Power System

LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- GE Energy Storage Technologies, a unit of GE Transportation, introduced the Durathon battery, the next generation of industrial energy storage for the telecom industry, today at the CTIA Wireless exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Durathon battery can be used as a backup system for hybrid telecom sites where non-grid sources of power are utilized, as well as in traditional base stations that are powered by robust and/or unstable electrical grids.

Because of its proprietary chemistry, the Durathon battery lasts up to ten times longer than traditional telecom backup storage systems, which reduces the total cost of ownership and ensures network efficiency and optimization for wireless providers. The product of a $160 million investment by GE, the Durathon battery is also temperature insensitive, allowing for coverage in remote areas with extreme weather conditions, an important attribute as wireless providers continue to expand coverage around the globe.

“As the telecommunications industry continues to expand, it’s essential that providers have reliable backup power to ensure continuous coverage for consumers in all areas of the globe,” said Prescott Logan, General Manager GE Energy Storage Technologies. “The Durathon battery will change the way providers think about backup energy storage and its importance in maintaining network availability.”

GE’s new battery plant is located in Schenectady, New York, and is creating 350 new high tech jobs in the region. The facility has the advantage of being in close proximity to GE Global Research in Niskayuna, where advances to the battery chemistry were developed. The batteries, which are a critical piece of energy storage systems, will rely heavily on new materials, new manufacturing technologies and intelligent controls.

For more information, visit www.geenergystorage.com.

2010.03.19

GridWise Alliance, Embassy of Canada co-host Energy Event

Source: GridWise Alliance

Following in the spirit of President Obama and Prime Minister Harper’s agreement to work bilaterally on several energy issues, including smart grid, the Embassy of Canada and GridWise® Alliance co-hosted an event at the Embassy on March 17, 2010.

Several government officials gave presentations, including Eric Lightner and Dan Ton, US Department of Energy; Shannon Fraser, International Trade Administration US Department of Commerce; Michael Tita, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Marc Lepage, Special Advisor, Climate Change and Energy, Embassy of Canada.

A panel of utilities representing both countries discussed their smart grid efforts to date. These utilities included Ralph Zucker, BC Hydro and David Curtis, Hydro One representing Canada; and Wayne Harbrough, BG&E and Michael Maxwell, PEPCO representing the US.

Jayson Myers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters delivered a keynote address stressing collaboration and innovation between the two countries.

Companies from Canada had the opportunity to showcase their technologies, including: Hydrogenics, Aztech, Corinex, GE Digital Energy, KinectSolutions, Redline Communications, and Schneider Electric.

The GridWise Alliance has undertaken several international efforts. Agreements have been signed with Korea Smart Grid Association, SmartGrid Ireland, and Smart Grids Australia. Several other such associations are in the works.

2010.03.17

e-KNOW Addresses Broadband, Smart Grid Potential

How does the FCC's new broadband plan relate to a consumer's right to monitor their personal electricity use? It doesn't ... not directly. But a U.S. Congressman is introducing a bill that would allow the newly broadband-accessed to get -- well, access.

The Electricity Consumers' Right to Know Act (e-KNOW), filed Tuesday by U.S. Representative Ed Markey, would allow consumers to access smart metering information and other data, using a wired Internet connection or mobile device, to track their electricity use in real time, for free, the Boston Globe reports.

Markey is one of the chief proponents of the national broadband movement. He's a senior member (and former chairman) of the Energy and Commerce Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee, and more significantly, he added the mandate that the FCC complete its broadband plan as part of the federal broadband stimulus legislation Congress passed last year.

He sees the legislation as important in guaranteeing that Americans have access to information on energy use. And he's optimistic about the other applications that can spring from this level of connectivity -- such as being able to control air conditioning and heating, or turn off an appliance, remotely.

e-KNOW does address one important aspect of anytime-online data access: making sure consumers' information is secure and that their privacy is protected. It follows the National Broadband Plan's recommendation that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission develop national standards for consumer energy data access.

More information on the bill can be found here.

Sprint and Axeda Announce Alliance for Global M2M Solutions

Alliance Provides Customers with Integrated Solution to Quickly Build and Deploy Connected Products

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & FOXBORO, Mass. --(Business Wire)-- Mar 17, 2010 Embedded wireless broadband chips are expanding functionality across a vast range of devices beyond just mobile phones. Sprint (NYSE:S) and Axeda Corporation announced today an alliance to make it easier, faster and more cost-efficient for businesses to take machine-to-machine (M2M) solution ideas from concept to completion and deliver connected products using the Sprint 3G network and the Axeda® Platform.

Connected products such as e-readers, security devices, utility meters, and patient health monitors are already driving new business models and significant revenue streams across a variety of industries. According to ABI Research, it is predicted that revenue from these products in markets such as consumer, government, energy and utilities, and healthcare could grow 250% by the year 2013.

Sprint and Axeda help businesses take advantage of these opportunities by providing a highly secure, scalable and communication-optimized platform to build applications - allowing companies to focus on providing a business solution, not the enabling technology. Easy deployment through cloud-based services provide for faster time to market with no infrastructure costs.

“Over the last 12-months, we have seen a significant increase in enterprise-scale projects to create new products and services based on connected devices,” said Josh Holbrook, director, Yankee Group. “The challenge they face is managing the sheer volume of information coming from these devices - they need to build applications that make sense of this data and turn it into actionable information.”

For over a decade, Sprint has collaborated with customers and partners in a variety of industries to help develop deliver and support innovative M2M solutions. Sprint boasts that millions of embedded/M2M devices are running on the Sprint Network and partners benefit from the ability to certify devices on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network through the company’s Open Device Initiative. For more information, visit www.poweryourideas.com/m2m.

“Partnering with Axeda enables Sprint to take advantage of the limitless business opportunities presented by connecting the rapidly expanding number of embedded and non-traditional mobile devices,” said Wayne Ward, vice president of Emerging Solutions, Sprint. “The Axeda Platform already powers some of the most advanced M2M applications on the market and our relationship will give our customers proven, enterprise-class technology with which to build critical business applications.”

Over 100 major organizations, including Abbott, EMC, Diebold, and NetApp rely on the Axeda Platform today to get value from their connected products. A Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution, it reduces complexity and costs and provides key capabilities such as: condition monitoring, content management, location-based services, business rules, secure communication, and enterprise system integration that speed the creation of connected products.

“Our platform is built to manage hundreds of millions of interactions between products, people, and businesses on a daily basis,” said Dale Calder, president & CEO, Axeda. “Our alliance with Sprint allows for the cellular transmission of communications to be optimized for minimum cost to customers, while enabling them to take advantage of the reliability and speed of the Sprint 3G network.”

2010.03.10

IRS Will Not Tax Smart Grid Grants to Corporations: GridWise

Source: GridWise Alliance

Washington – The GridWise® Alliance today welcomed the determination by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that smart grid grants to corporations will not be subject to taxation. Thanks to the hard work of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) General Counsel and Recovery Act Team as well as letters from industry groups like the GridWise Alliance, EEI and NARUC, nearly all of the smart grid projects funded by DOE can now commence.


“We are thrilled that the IRS has made this decision and that our advocacy efforts played a positive role in their decision,” stated Katherine Hamilton, President of the GridWise Alliance.

“Now these smart grid technologies can be deployed and begin doing what they are intended for — stimulating the economy. These projects will make our electric grid more reliable, flexible and efficient, while creating much needed jobs in utilities, manufacturing and across the energy value chain.”

In an effort to move this decision forward, the GridWise Alliance sent letters to the General Counsel at DOE, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and had responded to substantive and technical questions throughout the process from Congress and the White House. “This is one issue on which we all agree; we are very pleased with the outcome,” concluded Hamilton. “We eagerly await the results of smart grid implementation so that we can demonstrate the success of these technologies.”

Australia's Western Power Awards Multi-Million Dollar Contract to Mincom


BRISBANE, Australia --(Business Wire)-- Mar 08, 2010 Mincom, a leading global provider of software and services for asset-intensive industries, today announced a significant new agreement worth $7 million with Western Power, which serves the electricity needs of nearly one million homes and businesses in Western Australia and maintains an electricity network comprised of nearly 88,000 km of power lines. Through its adoption of Mincom Mobility solutions, Western Power will enable 1,600 operational field employees to access real-time data about the state of every company asset – such as power poles and street lights – remotely from their mobile devices.

“The deployment of Mincom Mobility represents a major step forward for our organisation, helping us shift from disparate inspection systems to a solution that fully integrates inspections with the corporate asset-management system, enabling a more proactive asset-maintenance program,” said Leigh Sprlyan, chief information officer at Western Power. “Detailed information needed to manage company assets – from their location and structural composition, to worker availability and required skills – will help us optimise scheduling decisions and, in doing so, even more cost-effectively manage our workforce and contractors. And advanced features, such as Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, will further enhance our visibility of both the state of our assets and the work plan, ultimately improving our ability to manage the network.”

For more than 10 years, Western Power has successfully streamlined its asset infrastructure with Mincom Ellipse, the leading solution for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) for asset-intensive industries. After a substantial re-evaluation of applications supporting the company’s core business processes, Western Power decided to further extend its use of Mincom Ellipse to improve productivity, seamlessly meet regulatory standards, and reduce operating costs.

Under the new contract, Western Power will upgrade to the current release of Mincom’s EAM platform, Mincom Ellipse 6.3. In addition, Western Power has licensed Mincom Mobility, a suite of end-to-end, fully integrated mobile applications for automating field-force operations using mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and PDAs. The company has also licensed Mincom Critical Inventory Optimisation (MCIO), software that helps analyse and adjust stock levels and reordering requirements on an ongoing basis. Western Power will also use Mincom Axis B2B, a hosted solution providing business-to-business integration and Web applications to optimise business processes between trading partners.

“Asset-intensive organizations with mobile workforces often have to operate without technology support in the field,” said Greg Clark, CEO of Mincom. “By augmenting its proven-successful deployment of Mincom Ellipse with Mincom Mobility solutions, Western Power can now efficiently streamline asset management directly where it happens – in the field. We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with one of the true leaders in the utilities industry as it further evolves its best-practices application of technology for business benefit.”

Western Power is an electricity-networks corporation responsible for the transmission and distribution of electricity in the southwest region of Western Australia. Consisting of nearly 88,000 km of power lines, its electricity network is one of the largest isolated networks in the world. Every day, the company powers nearly a million homes and businesses and approximately 150,000 streetlights. For more information, visit http://www.westernpower.com.au/.

About Mincom

Mincom Pty Ltd is a global software and services provider with nearly 30 years experience in providing business solutions to asset intensive industries such as mining, utilities, transport, defence and government in more than 40 countries across North America, South America, Australia, South East Asia, Africa, and Europe. Mincom Inc. operates in North America and is a subsidiary of Mincom Pty Ltd. Mincom is owned by Francisco Partners. For more information about Mincom, visit www.mincom.com.

On-Ramp Wireless and NURI Telecom Team to Provide Connectivity for the Next-Generation Smart Grid

Solution Will Target Elusive Hard-to-Reach Meters, Resulting in 100 Percent Connectivity, Saving Energy and Costs

SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)-- Mar 09, 2010

On-Ramp Wireless today announced that it has joined forces with NURI Telecom, a leading global provider of utility IT and end-to-end Smart Grid infrastructure solutions, to develop a cost-efficient single technology wireless network metering solution. The solution will enable connectivity for hard-to-reach meters, which can represent up to 10 percent of a single Smart Grid meter deployment, to help Smart Grid suppliers ensure 100 percent connectivity.

Presently, there is no cost effective method for connecting to hard-to-reach meters. More problematically, the issue becomes apparent only after live deployment. On-Ramp’s Ultra-Link Processing™ (ULP) system alleviates these costs for providers, and ultimately consumers, as it is the first system to demodulate signals below the noise floor while effectively maintaining high network capacity. Overall, the ULP system provides a significant network coverage and capacity advantage compared with competing free-spectrum systems.

“The hard-to-reach meter is one of the biggest challenges for providers in achieving a complete communication system within the Smart Grid,” said Mr. Choong Seon Hwang, vice president of engineering for NURI Telecom. “On-Ramp’s ULP technology has clearly demonstrated wireless connectivity in some of the most challenging environments. It has connected successfully in underground locations, many floors above the target and several kilometers away, which is simply impossible with any other single technology available today.”

NURI Telecom has pursued the Smart Grid comprehensively in hopes of powering its future growth and ultimately increasing energy efficiency. Its smart metering solution, AiMiR™, provides simultaneous automatic meter readings of electricity, water, gas and other measurements, to help consumers manage their resource consumption.

“NURI Telecom has demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of the extensive connectivity needs for the Smart Grid and for smart metering,” said Jeff Gray, senior vice president of sales and marketing for On-Ramp Wireless. “Furthermore, we have been exceptionally impressed with the advanced system and environment solutions NURI Telecom offers, particularly in regards to its network management system solutions, which promote an extremely cost efficient, consumer-friendly business model.”

On-Ramp and NURI Telecom will be showcasing integration of the ULP technology with a NURI Smart Meter solution at DistribuTECH from March 23-25 in Tampa, Florida.

Enfora and Smart Management Collaborate on Supply Chain and Asset Tracking for Oil & Gas Industry

RICHARDSON, Texas --(Business Wire)-- Mar 09, 2010 Enfora, a provider of intelligent wireless networking solutions, and Smart Management, a leader in automating supply chain management for oil and gas, today announced a joint initiative to enable the wireless tracking and monitoring of assets and equipment in the oil & gas supply chain.

Enfora and Smart Management have developed an integrated solution that combines Smart Management’s TAG-HUB supply chain management system with Enfora’s Spider AT® asset monitoring system to provide automated tracking and monitoring of assets and equipment throughout the oil & gas supply chain. For example, this solution can track vital equipment and materials as it is moving from the supply vessel through a port and to an onshore supply base.

Smart Management’s TAG-HUB web-enabled application makes it easier for companies to exchange information about their assets and goods across supply chains. The TAG-HUB system also provides services that facilitate inspection, documentation, data-capture, etc. The result is greater efficiency in managing the overall supply chain.

Enfora’s Spider AT is designed around low power technology and powered by a long lasting battery pack that provides up to 3 years of service without maintenance. It allows users to retrieve critical information, such as asset location and movement patterns, based on user defined alerts, specific events or geofence boundaries, while at the same time optimizing power management and minimizing maintenance. The Spider AT has been ATEX certified for operation in hazardous environments.

Enfora’s Services Gateway enables customers to directly connect, manage and provision wireless devices. The Gateway has been configured to work seamlessly with, and accelerate the deployment of, the Spider AT.

“We were very excited to work with Enfora,” said Bernt Wold, managing director for Smart Management. “By using Enfora’s Spider AT and Services Gateway, we can directly connect our TAG-HUB system to physical assets in the field and thereby significantly improve the effectiveness of supply chain management.”

“Our combined solution brings together leading technologies to supply chain management in the oil & gas industry,” said Steve Priestley, vice president of enterprise sales for Enfora. “We are looking forward to continuing our collaboration with Smart Management.”

Initial efforts under this initiative will focus on opportunities within Norway. Subsequent efforts are planned for bringing this solution to oil & gas customers across the globe.

Ericsson Wireless Unit Adopts Docea Power ACEplorer to Improve Power Choices

MOIRANS-GRENOBLE, France --(Business Wire)-- Mar 08, 2010 Docea Power, the Electronic System Level (ESL) company that delivers software for early power and thermal analysis, today announced that ST-Ericsson, a world leader in wireless platforms and semiconductors, has adopted and is deploying ACEplorer to improve architectural-level power choices for SoC (System-on-Chip) and platform design.

ACEplorer models and optimizes dynamic power and thermal behavior of whole electronics systems. It integrates a consistent power data management methodology for capturing and simulating power behavior. By separating the architecture from the applications, ACEplorer maximizes models reuse usable across teams and design flows from system level to silicon measurements.

“We are proud that ST-Ericsson adopted ACEplorer tool to tackle power and thermal options for its complex design projects,” said Ghislain Kaiser, co-founder and CEO of Docea Power. “It demonstrates the maturity of our solution for managing efficiently power and thermal issues in demanding sectors like the mobile industry.”

ACEplorer allows several design teams to work in parallel and succeed in formalizing a structured power aspect for every architect and designer. ACEplorer’s communications capabilities –such as reports and diagrams – allow design teams to communicate key results to project leaders and managers.

In less than a few minutes, ACEplorer can deliver precise simulation results for many scenarios and variants so that system designers and architects can choose with more confidence the best options for Intellectual Property (IP), hardware/software partitioning, cost and power consumption.

ACEplorer goes beyond the aspect of pure power. It can take into account information about bandwidth, frequency, CPU load and temperature which is becoming critical issue so design teams can easily find the best system dimensioning.

By separating power/thermal modelling from scenarios, ACEplorer allows design teams to easily reuse standalone models developed for previous projects. Models can be used as a documentation basis for the platform related power characteristics and concepts.

Docea Power is exhibiting at booth #52 at the Design, Automation & Test in Europe conference in Dresden, Germany, March 8 to 12 2010.

For more information: www.doceapower.com

2010.03.05

Taoglas Launches End-to-End Antenna Solutions for Mesh Networks

Taoglas Offers a Complete Mesh Network Antenna Solution That Can Be Tailored to Customer Needs

HANOVER, Germany --(Business Wire)-- Mar 02, 2010 Taoglas, the leading M2M antenna provider, (www.taoglas.com), today launched a full range of antennas required for companies who need to build a full mesh network. All mesh networks require three types of antennas: base station antennas, remote external antennas and remote internal antennas. Taoglas is the first company to provide a solution for all three antennas in multiple frequencies including cellular, Zigbee and ISM. All antennas can be customized or used off-the-shelf. These antennas will be showcased at the Taoglas booth C28, Hall 7 (Telematics) in the M2M Zone at CeBIT in Hanover.

Barracuda Base Station Antennas

The Barracuda range of base station antennas are an omni directional antenna that connect directly to mesh access points and telemetry units. They are available at 433Mhz, 868Mhz, 915Mhz, 2400Mhz and 5200MHz for operation in the main licence-free bands used for M2M applications. The Barracuda range is entirely customisable, and can be made in different frequencies, colours and shapes in order to match the access point box. Design options include a connector integrated into the base of the antenna so the antenna can be screwed directly to the access point, eliminating cable requirements and helping with waterproofing and secure connection for long term use.

Hercules Remote External Antennas

The Hercules range of external antennas has been upgraded to meet the demands of harsh mesh network requirements for remote monitoring, metering and M2M markets. Available in GPS, cellular, WiFi and Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) bands 433Mhz, 868Mhz, or 915Mhz versions, this range of antennas includes a thick thread and nut for a secure mounting solution. Taoglas also has the ability to customise cables and connectors including low-loss special cables with armoured options.

Included in the Hercules range of antennas are:

MA.104 for GPS / cellular,

MA.501 for GPS / WiFi,

A.01 for GPS 2 stage for location based services,

A.03 for GPS 3 stage for long cable runs,

G.21 for cellular,

WS.01 for WiFi

Range of Remote Internal Antennas

The loop, PCB and freedom range of off-the-shelf flexible circuit antennas are available for cellular bands GSM, CDMA, 3G, ISM and other licence free bands; 433MHz, 784Mhz, 868MHz, 915MHz, 2.4GHz, 5GHz. This unique series of internal M2M antennas is designed to give the largest omni-directional range of antennas for telemetry and remote monitoring.

The embedded series of antennas include;

FXP.07, FXP.14, FLA.01 for cellular,

FXP.70, FXP.72, FXP.73, WLA.01, PC11, SWLP.12 for Wi-Fi - 2.4GHz,

FXP.240, FXP.245, FXP.270, FXP.280, and FXP.290, ILA.01,ILA.02, and PC31,PC81,PC91 for 433MHz, 450Mhz, 784Mhz, 868Mhz, 915MHz and ISM bands.

For more information see release at: http://www.taoglas.com/news/

Coulomb Technologies – in Cooperation with SAP – Demonstrates Integrated Billing Services for Utilities and Drivers of Electric Vehicles at CeBIT Hannover

HANNOVER, Germany --(Business Wire)-- Coulomb Technologies, the leader in electric vehicle charging station infrastructure, in cooperation with SAP AG, will demonstrate the features and capabilities of its ChargePoint® Network application services for utilities and drivers of electric vehicles at the CeBIT 2010 show opening today in Hannover, Germany. Coulomb Technologies is participating in one of SAP’s seven “Experience SAP” exhibits. In the life area entitled ”Move,” CeBIT visitors will see a demonstration of the following scenarios:

  • An EV driver reserving a charging station, plugging in and charging a BMW MINI E;
  • A utility providing billing integration to the driver and inter-utility roaming.

The demonstration is powered by Coulomb's ChargePoint Network Software, and run by 365 Energy, Coulomb's European distribution partner. The exhibit is located in Hall 4 Stand D20 of CeBIT and runs through March 6.

Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network billing record application integrates with utilities’ existing enterprise software billing systems, meaning no additional software is necessary for managing charging stations and EV billing. In Europe where more than 80 percent of Coulomb’s customers are utilities, roaming will be essential for managed billing. In European cities Amsterdam and Bochum, for example, a ChargePoint Network-based roaming system allows EV drivers to use common customer identification cards issued by the municipalities. Drivers receive an integrated invoice at the end of each billing period. In North America, for example, this integration will provide a single line item on a utility bill for EV charging. Utilities can now have the kilowatt-hour cost of EV charging displayed on a bill and on the charging station itself to let the driver easily know the cost of the charging session.

“We are proud to participate with SAP in showcasing our charging system, software, and networking capabilities at the CeBIT show,” said Richard Lowenthal CEO of Coulomb Technologies. “For 14 months our networked charging stations have been installed worldwide by municipalities, utilities and corporations. This demonstration is not only a proof of concept but a proof of reality, and what is currently being done to easily and seamlessly manage EV charging station billing and roaming by utilities.”

2010.03.03

Untangle the mysteries of M2M - A Preview of M2M Zone's Seminar at CeBIT 2010

When tomorrow's M2M Zone Seminar, M2M: Energy, Transportation, Telehealth, begins at 2 PM, two of Europe's most integral M2M players will kick things off.

M2MAlliance Georg Steimel, Chairman of Germany-based M2M Alliance, will welcome his countrymen and those from around the world. The Alliance, a partner in the launch of M2M Zone at CeBIT, includes Vodafone, Telefónica o2 Germany, Telit, Sierra Wireless, Cinterion Wireless Modules, Wyless, and Digi International. Steimel will convey the Alliance's views and highlight the benefits and the economic relevance of M2M.

He will then pass the baton to Omar Ellouimi, Vice Chair of ETSI's M2M activities. Ellouimi will provide an update on these activities and an overview of ETSI's efforts across Energy, Transportation and Telehealth. This will include some focus on "The ETSI M2M Challenge:"

  • M2M technical solutions are highly fragmented and usually dedicated to a single application (e.g. fleet management, meter reading)
  • Multitude of technical solutions and disperse standardization activities result in the slow development of the M2M market
  • Standardization is a key enabler to remove the technical barriers and ensure interoperable M2M services and networks
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Germany Wakes Up to M2M - Frankfurt Paper previews M2M Zone, CeBIT in front page story, "Wohlinformierte Autos und Kühlschränke"

For our English readers, or any one else who can not read German, our apologies. However, we are pleased to see M2M take a share of front page news here in Germany as CeBIT got underway earlier this week.

For those of you who can read German...

02. März 2010 Die Möglichkeiten scheinen (fast) unbegrenzt. Autos, die sich gegenseitig vor Gefahrenstellen warnen, Gefrierschränke, die nur in Zeiten billigen Stroms gekühlt werden, oder medizinische Geräte, die jederzeit Blutdruckwerte eines Patienten übermitteln, um dem Arzt mittels Computer die Überwachung eines Patienten aus der Ferne zu ermöglichen. Diese Art der automatisierten Kommunikation zwischen Maschinen, in der Fachsprache Machine-2-Machine oder kurz M2M genannt, gilt als vielversprechendes Wachstumsfeld in der Informationstechnik und der Telekommunikation. „Es besteht ein gewaltiges Potential für internetverbundene Geräte – nicht nur für Handys und Laptops, sondern auch Kameras, Musikspieler, Autos, Smartmeter oder Gesundheitsmonitore. Wir erwarten im Lauf der nächsten 15 Jahre bis zu 50 Milliarden internetverbundene Geräte“, sagte Alex Sinclair, Chef-Techniker des Mobilfunkweltverbandes GSMA, bereits kürzlich auf der Branchenmesse in Barcelona.

„Niedrigere Kosten für innovative Gesundheitslösungen, niedrigere Kohlenstoff-Emissionen und erheblich effizientere Energienutzung sind nur einige der beträchtlichen Vorteile, die internetverbundene Geräte mit sich bringen werden“, sagte Sinclair. In Barcelona beschloss die Mobilfunkbranche mehrere Standardisierungsrichtlinien, um die Kommunikation zwischen den Maschinen zu beschleunigen. Auch auf der Computermesse Cebit in Hannover ist M2M ein wichtiges Thema. In Halle 7 gibt es eine eigene M2M Zone, am Donnerstag eine Konferenz.

>> Read the complete article (German)

2010.03.02

Security Appliance Processors Take Energy Efficiency to New Levels

SAN FRANCISCO -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Manufacturers of security appliance equipment will soon have a highly scalable suite of turnkey solutions from Freescale Semiconductor, thanks to strong market acceptance from top ODMs, board manufacturers and independent software vendors.

Leading companies including Advantech, BitDefender, Curtiss-Wright Controls, O2 Security, Portwell and Silicon Turnkey, have adopted Freescale multicore processors to establish one of the broadest portfolios of security appliance solutions in the market – with performance scaling from 4 Gbps up to 20 Gbps.

The solutions are designed to help OEMs quickly and cost effectively create a range of security applications including unified threat management (UTM) appliances, secured routers, IPS/IDS appliances, VPN routers, secured switches and business gateways. Designed to deliver outstanding performance-to-price ratios and dramatically shorten development cycles, the solutions tightly integrate optimized low-level software and production-ready boards with Freescale’s VortiQa application software and multicore PowerQUICC and QorIQ processors.

According to analyst Jeff Wilson of analyst firm Infonetics, the security appliance market is valued at $4.3B per year and expected to grow to $5.5B by 2013.

“These offerings deliver substantial value to our customers and demonstrate Freescale’s intent to apply our technology, software, ecosystem and networking leadership to provide segment-specific solutions,” said Sathyan Iyengar, vice president of Software Products for the Freescale Networking and Multimedia Group. “The solutions offer compelling options for the network security marketplace and underscore the advantages of VortiQa application software, which is specifically designed and optimized for our highly advanced QorIQ and PowerQUICC processors.”

The suite of security appliance solutions based on Freescale silicon includes:

  • The Advantech NCP-7560 4U eight-way network processor platform based on Freescale’s QorIQ P4080 eight-core processor for high-end enterprise or service provider systems
  • BitDefender antivirus technology with Freescale VortiQa software on QorIQ platforms for comprehensive security solutions
  • The Curtiss-Wright VPX6-187 single board computer based on Freescale’s QorIQ P4080 eight-core processor and related devices for embedded, aerospace and military security applications
  • The O2 Security SifoWorksTM 8572 1U Network Security Appliance based on Freescale’s MPC8572 PowerQUICC III dual-core processor for mid-enterprise IPS based deployments
  • The O2 Security SifoWorksTM 8540 1U Network Security Appliance based on Freescale’s MPC8540 single-core host processor for small- to mid-size enterprises
  • The Portwell CAK-2000 1U UTM security appliance, based on Freescale’s QorIQ P2020 dual-core processor for mid-enterprise, low-power systems
  • The Portwell CAK-2000 1U UTM security appliance, based on Freescale’s QorIQ P2010 single-core processor for high-performance, low-power small enterprise value systems
  • The Silicon Turnkey GP3SSA Network Security Board with the MPC8541 PowerQUICC III and MPC8555 PowerQUICC III single-core host processors for network security applications
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