International Broadband Electric Communications’ (IBEC) real-time demand response and energy management solutions company, GRID2020, has acquired Kinects Solutions, which provides transformer monitoring technologies and products related to detecting energy losses through diversion.
Grid Net is collaborating with Sprint to deliver a solution that leverages Grid Net’s software platforms to connect smart meters and smart grid routers via the Sprint 4G network, meaning utilities can now offer secure, scalable, reliable, and standards-based Smart Grid technology.
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.
Smart meter manufacturers Elster, Landis+Gyr and Secure have agreed to collaboratively develop common approaches for the development of smart communication standards. The solutions, which are necessary for the interoperability of equipment for the UK market, will be based on open standards and available specifications for Smart Meter technologies
GreenWave Reality has unveiled its new home energy management platform that creates smart energy-efficient homes through the monitoring and controlling of devices. This system benefits both utilities and consumers; utilities enhance their relationship with consumers and can better balance energy on the grid while consumers can conserve energy with a minimal impact to their lifestyle by easily monitoring and controlling their appliances and adding intelligent LED lighting.
Arch Rock Corporation has introduced PhyNet-Grid, the first advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and grid communication platform based entirely on industry-standard IP networking, security and data-collection protocols. It is also the first platform to offer real-time meter data collection and has the functionality to implement low-energy operations during a power outage, preventing the need of a time-consuming rebuild of the mesh network.
The key drivers for smart grid deployments in North America remain government regulations and funding says the Maravedis report, Smart Grids and the New Utility