Fulton, Missouri, has selected Tantalus to provide the communications backbone for its planned Smart Grid, which is funded by a United States Department of Energy grant. The city received proposals from many leading smart meter providers but ultimately decided on Tantalus because of its ability to manage real time data communications.
It’s been a busy week for the IPSO Alliance, which made several announcements. In the first, the organization welcomed four new members: energy management company GreenWave Reality; Corporative Intelligence Laboratory S.L. of Spain; ElectroTest Sweden AB; and smart meter provider Sensus have all joined as Contributor members.
Writing in the Energy Collective, Christine Hertzog opined that it is not easy to accurately predict the future, however, we can use history and examples of similar solutions to help us consider how new technologies could be incorporated into popular use. We should, therefore be thinking about what’s been done with cars and apply the same thought processes to creating useful Smart Grid solutions for homes that consumers will want to adopt.
Ember has unveiled plans to release its Internet Protocol (IP)-based low-power wireless networking stack for smart metering and smart grid applications.
Tropos Networks, which provide wireless IP broadband networks for the smart grid, has introduced new fixed mesh and mobile mesh routers that support the 4.9 GHz spectrum. Tropos products give utilities more options for smart grid communications along with an economical choice should they select to use licensed spectrum. That’s important because currently, licensed spectrum choices often have limitations such as narrow spectrum availability and poor performance characteristics.
The EnOcean Alliance has announced today that its wireless, battery-less energy harvesting sensors and associated control systems are now fully interoperable with TCP/IP. The Alliance is a consortium of companies collaborating to standardize and internationalize energy harvesting wireless technology for green intelligent buildings, Customer demand is growing for the ability to manage and monitor building automation controls over IP networks. To that end, the EnOcean Alliance enables building owners to fully leverage the flexibility of IP technologies that offer interoperability and convergence advantages to more effectively manage their facilities’ energy consumption.
Tantalus, which provides two-way, real-time data communications for utilities, has appointed energy industry veteran Ron Holcomb as Vice President of Business Development. In his new position, Holcomb will guide Tantalus’ business development initiatives for its smart grid communications technology. Tantalus’ TUNet communications systems are deployed at utilities throughout North America, helping customers better manage their energy resources.
SmartSynch has been selected to provide a complete smart metering solution to City Utilities (CU) of Springfield, Missouri, for participating commercial and industrial customers on its system. The solution will include smart meters, a communications platform and head-end system.
Itron and Cisco have formed a strategic alliance to develop a next-generation smart grid platform that will transform the world’s energy infrastructure. Using Cisco’s standards-based IP architecture to power Itron’s smart meter system will create a consolidated network that enables utilities to more reliably deliver power to homes and businesses.
Silver Spring Networks has announced a multi-year contract extension with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), the largest electric utility in Florida. Under the terms of the agreement, Silver Spring continues to manage FPL’s AMI Smart Grid platform using UtilityIQ (UIQ), the software application that delivers control over a utility’s AMI Smart Grid deployment, including remote monitoring and configuration.