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New Zealand Company Giving Away Free Power to Smart Meter Homes

A New Zealand-based online electricity company is giving away free power for an hour a day during one of the two off-peak times. Electric Kiwi caters only to consumers who have smart meters installed. According to the start-up, “Rates will differ region to region and household size but all customers will pay a fixed rate…

California Certifies Kamstrup’s Smart Meters

The State of California has certified Kamstrup’s flowIQ smart water meter for individual metering applications. The certification is to ensure devices are accurate, reliable, and do not facilitate fraud. Smart water metering particularly benefits tenants and property managers. Kamstrup reports, “Without a reliable water meter, often times water bills are estimated or equally distributed to…

Certicom’s New Certificate Service Secures Smart Meters, IoT Devices

BlackBerry subsidiary Certicom has introduced a new managed public key infrastructure certificate service designed to help device manufacturers and service providers secure their Internet of things (IoT) networks and ecosystems. Certicom began issuing certificates in mid-April for the UK’s smart meter initiative. The British market has more than 104 million smart meters and home energy…

DTE, Vectorform Team on Smart Energy Mobile Platform

Vectorform and Detroit Edison (DTE) have collaborated on a smart energy mobile platform that enables consumers to significantly increase energy savings. The Powerley platform allow utility companies to present real-time energy consumption information to their customers, who can then adjust their usage to create significant energy savings. Previously, utilities could only provide dated information to…

US Utility Installs One Millionth Smart Meter

One million down, three million to go. Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) has installed the one millionth smart meter in its service territory since 2013, and is scheduled to install three million more by 2018, three years ahead of the original 2021 end date. Michael McMahan, ComEd’s vice president of automated metering infrastructure implementation, says, “We’re…

Smart Doorbell Doubles as Security Device

This is not your father’s doorbell. Ring is more door butler than simple smart appliance. The user-friendly device includes a wide-angle camera, speaker, microphone, motion sensor and a button that triggers your home’s doorbell chime. When a visitor or delivery person approaches your home, Ring sends an alert to your smartphone that there is someone…