This week we appreciate the deepening interconnection between energy suppliers and telecommunication companies or to put it another way, the ‘to‘ in machine to machine communication, writes Rose Bundock, content editor of Metering.com, the sister portal to Engerati.com.
In Germany, Telefónica is launching a new machine to machine solution for electricity and gas providers, which will see SIM cards being inserted into smart meters. Interesting.
The application of radio technology RF mesh is reaching into remote spots for mobile connection such as basements, where most of Germany's electricity and gas meters tend to be housed.
Even more interesting for utilities that have a similar service area profile.
Another example of how equipment manufacturers are partnering with a M2M provider is the news this week that wireless telecommunications company AT&T is teaming with GE to develop smart metering and smart grid applications for the industrial Internet of Things.
At AT&T's coding hot house - the Foundry - in Texas, the pair are working up solutions using cellular technology. Look out for the results hitting the market in 2015.
Have you got your M2M ducks in a row?
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In Japan, major electric utilities are looking to speed up the deployment of residential smart meters in 2015 in preparation for the liberalising of the local electricity retail market in 2016. Rollouts by several large energy companies this year could see the volume of smart meters exceeding 10 million by the end of 2015, reports newspaper The Japan Times.
Smart meter training in the UK received a boost this week with the opening of a bespoke centre for electricity and gas metering education. The Utilities Academy, which is a joint venture with energy recruitment company Spencer Ogden, was set up to train smart meter engineers in preparation for the UK’s nationwide rollout, kicking off in 2016.
Manila Electric Co (Meralco), the largest power distribution utility in the Philippines, has announced an extension of its advanced metering infrastructure as part of a major push in 2016 to meet growing demand for electricity.
Energy management giant Landis+Gyr is back in the news this week with the launch of a sensor for its smart grid platform for advanced metering and grid management applications with the aim of improving network visibility. The S610 Line Sensor for the Gridstream RF network is a fault circuit indicator that extends the distribution monitoring capabilities of the network. The sensor works by recording fault location and accurate load logging from any point on the distribution network, with the aim of improving grid visibility.
In the Caribbean, Dominican Republic electrical utility Consorcio Energético Punta Cana Macao (CEPM) has chosen GE to deploy more than 14,000 smart meters as well as an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system in a bid to improve grid efficiency in the tourism area of Bávaro and Punta Cana. GE will deliver its Grid IQ point-to-multipoint AMI in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic, which receives 60% of tourists that come to the country making grid reliability a high priority, said Roberto Herrera, executive director at CEPM.
US electric utility software developer Gridium has won a contract with a real estate investment trust to deploy a cloud-based data analytics solution in a bid to cut energy use. Douglas Emmett will install the software to track energy consumption data across its portfolio of 58 buildings. The developer plans to use the big data analysis to understand why monthly utility bills vary from year to year.
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