Ericsson is acquiring Telenor Connexion’s machine-to-machine (M2M) technology platform, a strategic move intended to bolster Ericsson’s position in the M2M communication market by adding valuable technology and know-how from eleven employees that will be transferred as part of the deal. Telenor Connexion is wholly owned by Telenor Group, one of the world’s major mobile operators with 203 million mobile subscribers.
ADD Semiconductor is the first silicon vendor to receive the official PRIME brand recognition as a technology provider. PRIME is a new worldwide narrow band power line communication technology based on OFDM that provides up to 128Kbps communications for smart grid applications. ADD’s certification process was performed by Labein-TECNALIA, one of the independent certification entities authorized by PRIME Alliance.
Deutsche Telekom has been selected to supply the infrastructure for intelligent gas and electricity meters at a new housing development for Stadtwerke Emden (Emden Municipal Utilities). The municipal utilities will install around 200 smart meters in Emden-Wolthusen. Deutsche Telekom will provide the data connection, install a communications box in the households and transmit the data via DSL to the municipal utilities, which will provide consumers with their current usage via a secure Internet portal.
The New York State Public Service Commission has initiated a proceeding to determine what regulatory policies will best promote development of the smart grid. Commission Chairman Garry Brown says, “The smart grid and the modernization of the electric grid hold great potential for the state’s ratepayers. However, the Commission must be very thoughtful and deliberate before it decides whether to invest ratepayer money in the smart grid over the next decade. This proceeding will help us discover the opportunities and pitfalls that might exist.”
British Telecom is partnering with Arqiva and Detica to offer a dedicated and secure long-range radio communications solution to help the Government meet the 2020 deadline for deploying smart energy meters across the majority of UK homes and small businesses. BT’s backing of the long-range radio initiative comes after the telecom spent 18 months analysing different communications options available to meet the needs of the smart metering initiative. Unlike mobile, long-range radio can provide national coverage and reliable reception indoors. BT notes that because long-range radio operates on dedicated licensed spectrum. “It is ideal in ensuring the security of supply and protection of consumer data while meeting the needs of the Energy Industry.”