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Libelium Sales Network Expands on Four Continents with New Distributors

Libelium has added seven new distributors to its network of Value-Added Resellers (VARs) in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, doubling the number of authorized distributors of its Waspmote sensor network devices worldwide in less than a year.

“With our program, VARs have access to a range of development tools, training and information resources that allow them to increase revenue and accelerate adoption of Libelium’s sensor products and services.”

Libelium’s new distributors in Asia Pacific, Europe, North and South America will sell and install sensor network systems based on Waspmote sensor nodes and Meshlium gateways to meet increased demand for Internet of Things (IoT) technology in many areas. Sensor technology is used to reduce energy use, monitor environmental conditions and water quality, to improve infrastructure and urban resilience in Smart Cities, in agriculture, for environmental control, and industrial IoT projects.

Libelium’s distributor program includes systems integrators and VARs specialized in electronics, telecommunications, embedded systems, sensor deployment and wireless networks.

Libelium Distributor Network: http://www.libelium.com/contact/#distributors

“We work with our distributors as go-to-market partners to share the opportunity for expertise in wireless sensor networks. Customers of sensor network technology look to systems integrators to deliver technology solutions that fit their business needs,” said Javier Martinez, Libelium Vice President, Business Development. “With our program, VARs have access to a range of development tools, training and information resources that allow them to increase revenue and accelerate adoption of Libelium’s sensor products and services.”

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THE LEADING M2M/IoT EVENT IS BACK AGAIN IN MILAN 2015

Milan, February 9 , 2015. Great expectations for the M2M Forum Milan, planned for the 28 and 29 April 2015 at ATA Hotel Expo Milan. Since 2002 it is the pioneer event for the world of communication between machines (M2M) and, year by year, a real “must” for M2M/IoT  industry.

The event will once again be the reference point for meeting and debate with international experts on the world of M2M: the main topics will be the present and future scenarios of M2M, the dynamism, the rapidity of changes and all the latest news on the sector.

The event is created and organized by Innovability and in the last edition saw over 1200 participants from 19 different countries, 312 conference attendees , 80+ corporate sponsors, exhibitors and partners, 187 bilateral meetings of business matching. The extremely important results of last year, therefore, united by a strong and growing interest in the world M2M / IoT, they grow the wait for this fourteenth edition approaching.

“Excellent networking opportunities with the M2M/IoT ecosystem stakeholders and free-of-charge business meetings: those are two exclusive features of the unique European matchmaking event on M2M” says Gianluigi Ferri, CEO of Innovability, M2M veteran and M2M Forum organizer. “Energy is the hot topic of 2015 edition: market wants M2M smart solutions for energy production, storage and distribution to improve productivity, cost management and customers’ services”.

Fog Computing and Big Data will have an important role within the M2M Forum 2015. Fog computing is one of the major hot topics on the Internet of Things worldwide. The Cloud and new Fog Computing will certainly play a major role in M2M due to its ability to connect large numbers of geographically dispersed devices.

IoX, Internet of People and Things, is a new area of the event that was created to act as a “bridge” between the new world M2M (technologies, products, services) and the operators of the world “traditional” of the Web (web agency, web factory, service providers, etc.) to encourage the development of products and services IoT.

In particular, we’ll discuss the relationship between Smart Things, UX user experience and Design in the view of the idea that “smart things must be beautiful and beautiful things must be smart”. This idea is strongly related to the Italian high quality hand-craft tradition and culture that is getting smarter and smarter thanks to the new phenomena of FabLabs.

M2M/IoT are also the “engine” of the future Smart City. City and interconnected, but also sustainable, secure and comfortable, in a word “intelligent”. Years of experiments, projects and advanced applications seem to have finally made inroads, opening the way to the process in which cities and territories become
“smart” . Strong emphasis will be given to M2M/IoT solutions dedicated to Smart Home, Smart Lighting and the Energy Storage.

Not only conference or expo, M2M FORUM also offers exclusive initiatives such as business meetings, pre-arranged B2B meetings free of charge for the participants of the Forum, in collaboration with Innovhub, through the international network Enterprise Europe Networks.

From 2015 M2M Forum is one of the main conference of the brand new DISRUPTIVE WEEK MILAN (www.disruptiveweek.com):  a week of coordinated international conferences dedicated to disruptive and emerging technologies, focused on M2M,  IoT,  Robotics, Wearable Tech, Drones, Wireless 2.0 and Smart Home.

In 2015 Milan will be the setting of one of the worldwide most awaited event of the year: World Expo 2015 (www.expo2015.org).  It will be attended by over 140 Countries and is expected to welcome 20 million visitors. Its spectacular Opening Ceremony will be on 1 May, immediately after the conference so M2M
Forum can be the better place and time to schedule international business meetings and also spend time for leasure visiting World Expo.

Registration to the event is free and open to anyone in this sector, but space is limited. For online registration:  http://www.m2mforum.it/en/

The M2M+ Symposium 2015 is on stage in Milan on 27 and 30 April 2015

Milan, February 9, 2015. The M2M/IoT is on stage in Milan. Great expectations for M2M+ Symposium 2015, planned for the 27 and 30 April 2015.  The important results of last year and the increasing interest in the M2M/IoT communication raise the expectations for the upcoming third edition.

M2M+ Symposium offers two high level conferences examining important international case histories are the main features of the event, where business and technology executives in companies at all levels of the M2M/IoT industry ecosystem get also the opportunity to develop new partnerships and identify opportunities to build investment strategies.  Outstanding speakers, presentations with brilliant insights and many networking moments to share ideas
and projects: M2M+ Industry Summit, organized by Innovability – company specialized in creating cutting- edge B2B events – offered two days of real immersion in the M2M/IoT world for the top players of the community, with great appreciation by all the participants.

M2M+ 2014 ended with great success two days of intense M2M/IoT experience:  120+ international professionals took part in the exclusive meeting M2M+: outstanding speakers, presentations with brilliant insights and many networking moments to share ideas and projects.

A key component of M2M+ was networking with fellow attendees and M2M/IoT leaders. The matchmaking event “M2MATCH”, specifically designed at this aim, saw almost 200 business meetings. M2M+ offered a unique occasion to M2M/IoT top players for gathering together and provided them with great business opportunities fostering powerful connections growth.

As last edition, M2M+ Symposium will be held in combination with M2M Forum (www.m2mforum.com), since 2002 the international leading Conference & Expo  in the machine-to-machine scenario featuring also business matching opportunities.  The 13th edition of “M2M FORUM” confirmed itself as the leading machine-to-machine conference&expo in Europe. 1200 visitors from 19 countries and 78 sponsor, exhibitors and partners, 45% coming outside Italy, strengthened the international profile of the event.

M2M+ 2015 is also the right event for M2M/IoT startups. Thanks to the unique Pitchfire Event, start ups have the chance to present their projects to a panel of venture capitalists, who showed strong interest for new ideas in the field.

From 2015 M2M+ is one of the main conference of the first DISRUPTIVE WEEK MILAN (www.disruptiveweek.com):  a week of coordinated international conferences dedicated to disruptive and emerging technologies, focused on M2M,  IoT,  Robotics, Wearable Tech, Drones, Wireless 2.0 and Smart Home.

In 2015 Milan will be the setting of one of the worldwide most awaited event of the year: World Expo 2015 (www.expo2015.org).  It will be attended by over 140 Countries and is expected to welcome 20 million visitors. Its spectacular Opening Ceremony will be on 1 May, the day immediately after the conference so M2M+ can be the better place and time to schedule international business meetings and also spend time for leasure visiting World Expo.

 

Join the European Power Innovation Congress (EPIC 2015) on 22-24 April

Led by the new-technology directors from power utilities such as ESB Networks, RWE, Vattenfall, Cez, and Tennet and focusing on the challenges, technologies and innovations affecting electricity transmission and distribution, the European Power Innovation Congress (EPIC 2015) taking place between the 22-24 April in Prague in the Czech Republic, invites generation and T&D utility leaders, strategists, heads of R&D and technology managers, together with leading manufacturers, and smart grid system innovators to examine and promote new methods to improve efficiency, adapt to and leverage new technological advances, and forge increasing relevance in an increasingly distributed power market.

At the 3-day Congress you will network and hear in-depth case studies and analysis from the most forward-thinking generation, DSO and TSO leaders, strategists, practitioners, financiers, investors, and cutting edge R&D specialists regarding the strategic development of assets and infrastructure within the context of increasing levels of prosumers, distributed generation trends, smart T&D technology and Europe’s evolving single market for electricity.

For more details please contact +357 99810 833, email info@europeanpowerinnovation.com or visit www.EuropeanPowerInnovation.com

Looking forward to the prospect of welcoming you to Prague and the Czech Republic this April.

The EPIC 2015 Management Team

Silver Spring Networks announces bew SilverLink Sensor Network™ customers, partners, and applications

DistribuTECH, Silver Spring Networks, Inc. showcased how the ground-­breaking SilverLinkTM Sensor Network is helping unlock smart grid big data to enable utilities of the future, including new engagements with industry Florida Power & Light, The Hongkong Electric Company, Limited (HK Electric), and Pepco Holdings, Inc.

These global, along with existing customers, such as Consumers Energy, are leveraging the SilverLink Sensor Network to draw on the massive volumes of smart grid big data for innovative new services including customer engagement, load disaggregation, real­‐time voltage management, network management, and dynamic applications at the edge.

Today Silver Spring also announced:

• the expansion of the SilverLink App Catalog to include two new application suites: the Customer Engagement App Suite and the Grid Operations App Suite.

• two new third-­party software partners – EnergySavvy and Gridium – as Silver Spring continues to expand the SilverLink Partner Programme.

Earlier this year, Silver Spring announced the acquisition of Detectent, a recognised in utility analytics solutions that help improve advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and utility grid operations, ensure revenue protection, and deliver enhanced customer engagement programms. The SilverLink Sensor Network unlocks and accelerates data from any sensor network to fuel any application at up to 10x the speed and 1/10th the cost of traditional utility IT infrastructure.

More here.

IoT Data Model Fills a Gap

The IPSO Alliance is making freely available a data model for creating interoperable smart objects geared for systems and software that are part of the Internet of Things.

Technology for the Internet of Things is rapidly being developed and deployed using low-power physical networks such as 802.15.4 (Zigbee and Thread), low-power Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth Smart. The Internet Protocol (IP) layer has been extended to low-power and constrained devices through 6LowPAN, and through IP networking layers which are being developed for Zigbee and Bluetooth Smart. High level transport protocols and application layer support over IP are now available using several communication standards such as HTTP, CoAP, MQTT, and XMPP.

These standards enable reuse of network technology by providing common connectivity and IP protocol compatibility. What they don’t provide is end-to-end interoperability between the devices themselves and the application software that manages and uses the devices. The result is vertically integrated systems that don’t allow easy third-party integration of devices and applications from different vendors. A level of interoperability is achieved only at the expense of tight vendor integration with specific partners. We need a common data model that can be used to enable diverse applications to communicate with diverse devices over diverse transport and application protocols.

The IPSO Smart Objects for IoT aims to fill the gap with a consistent and reusable data model for use between devices and application software. This data model defines a set of data types and API structures that can be used across device types to enable them to interoperate with diverse application software components.

More here.

GE to offer retrofits for some older appliances to render them smarter

GE Appliances (a subsidiary that General Electric agreed to sell to Sweden’s Electrolux in September 2014) is sending out 20,000 bolt-on Wi-Fi modules to owners of recent-vintage GE-brand refrigerators. This is a rather expansive pilot project that GE is undertaking in collaboration with startup Wink, with a view to getting these older appliances on speaking terms with the latter’s connected-home hubs, including the Wink Relay.

ge refrigerator retrofit

This GE document shows the location of the RJ-45 connector on some GE refrigerators.

The GE Connect box, as its known, is compatible with select models of GE refrigerators sold after 2009. It’s a Wi-Fi module that’s designed to plug into the RJ45 connector found on these appliances.

The presence of an ethernet connector indicates that the models covered under the program aren’t entirely “dumb;” in fact, GE at one time manufactured a “demand response module” that could be added to certain models of its refrigerators. When triggered by a local utility in response to high demand on the electrical grid, the module would automatically reduce the refrigerator’s energy consumption.

Independently, the maker community came up with a hardware adapter and Linux-based software package—collectively known as the Green Bean—that enables a simple computer such as a Raspberry Pi to connect to and control a range of GE appliances that are equipped with Ethernet ports—not just refrigerators.

More here.

Schneider Electric Unveils Wiser Air; Makes Move into Thinking Thermostat Market

Schneider Electric today made its big move into the thinking thermostat market, with release of Wiser Air, a demand-response friendly device meant to increase interaction between utilities and their customers.

Announced at DistribuTech 2015 in San Diego, Wiser Air adds to the fast-growing list of products in the smart home market, which has also attracted players like Google, Apple and Samsung.  The energy management side of that market, alone, is growing by 25 percent annually and is expected to reach $1.9 billion by 2019, up from $393.8 million in 2012, according to Transparency Market Research.

The newest smart thermostats offer energy management well beyond that of their ancestor, the programmable thermostat.  Wiser Air, for example,  is designed to make it easy for homeowners and small businesses to participate in demand response events and interact with their utility in real-time. It is part of Schneider’s larger Wiser home energy management portfolio.

Schneider has been talking up the thermostat for several months, with an eye toward catching the attention of utilities and builders who may offer it to their customers. Utilities and grid operators for years have argued that it is necessary to reduce peak use by consumers — especially on hottest and coldest days — to ease the cost of operating the U.S. power system.

“Residential energy use is the key contributor to peak load situations. Consumers have indicated their willingness to participate in programs that help these peaking problems, and are even starting to demand tools and engagement from their utilities which afford them more control and convenience,” said Yann Kulp, vice president of residential energy solutions, Schneider Electric. “Wiser Air gives utility customers the tools to make minor lifestyle adjustments that collectively produce a major impact on grid operations.”

More here.

SMi Group Release Agenda for Smart Water Systems 2015

SMi group are delighted to announce that registration is now live to attend the 4th annual Smart Water Systems conference taking place on the 29th & 30th April 2015 at Marriott Regents Park, London, UK.

SMi have worked closely with a leading panel of experts such as Thames Water, Consumer Council for Water, Envisager, Viten, Scottish Water, OFWAT and Southern Water, to create an agenda that will provide unique insight into topics such as leakage management, customer engagement, innovation, plus much more.

The 4th instalment in the sell-out series will ask key questions such as: What can we learn from smart water experiences in the UK? How are Thames Water pioneering smart water? How can we use data to educate customers and reduce leakage? How can we prepare against emerging threats to critical control systems? What are the cost realities of Smart Water – how realistic are the rewards? What challenges does a fragmented smart water market create and how do we integrate? What are some innovative ways of retaining customer trust? What is the future?

KEY SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

  • Frederick Harry Royan, Vice President, Global Environment Practice, Frost & Sullivan – Conference Chair
  • Andrew Tucker, Water Efficiency Manager, Thames Water
  • Martin Hall, Metering Technology Manager, Thames Water
  • Tony Smith, Chief Executive, Consumer Council for Water
  • Dr David Lloyd Owen, Managing Director, Envisager
  • Erick Oostermeyer, Co-ordinator SW4EU, Vitens
  • Mike Piccalo, Director of Industrial Security, Waterfall

A brochure is available to download online at http://www.smi-online.co.uk/goto/2015smartwater27.asp

For those who are interested in attending there is currently a £100 discount available which expires end of February.

For further information and to register visit http://www.smi-online.co.uk/goto/2015smartwater27.asp

 

Smart Water Systems
29th – 30th April 2015
Marriott Hotel, Regents Park, London UK
Sponsors: Arad and Waterfall Security Solutions
Official Partners: British Water, CIWEM and SBWWI

 


About SMi Group:

Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the worlds most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk

Smart Energy Analytics 2015 | 6/7 May 2015 | London

Smart Energy Analytics 2015
Date: Wednesday 06 May 2015 – Thursday 07 May 2015
Location: London, UK

ACI’s Smart Energy Analytics 2015 will be taking place in London, UK, on 6th – 7th May 2015.  The two day event will bring together key industry stakeholders from the utilities industry, software providers, TSO’s & DSO’s, technology providers, data & analytics experts, consultants, metering experts and asset & security managers to discuss the adoption of big data management & analytics to optimize Business Intelligence.

Key Topics Include

  • Asset Management & Maintenance
  • Optimising Operations
  • Customer Analytics
  • Integrating Analytics
  • Utilities Case Studies
  • Business Strategies
  • Enhance Security: Privacy & Cyber Security

Confirmed Speakers

  • Frans CampfensSenior Business Architect – Asset ManagementAlliander
  • Signe Bramming AndersenManager Energy ManagementDONG Energy
  • Jesper Vinther Christensen Director, Managing Consultant, Similix & Consulting Architect - DONG EnergySmart Grid Program
  • Jennifer PotterEnterprise Performance Data Manager, SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District)
  • Johan Ander, Program Manager, Fortum
  • Carles Campos, Fleet Performance Analyst, Vattenfall
  • Jennifer Woodruff, Low Carbon and Innovation Engineer, Western Power Distribution
  • Tabitha Crawford, SVP Sustainability & Innovation, Balfour Beatty Investments
  • Alain BollackDirectorErnst & Young

Call for Papers

If you would like to be considered as a speaker for the event with a 30-45 minute presentation, please submit an abstract for consideration to:

Adam Doran
Tel: +44 (0)20 3141 0624
Email: adoran@acieu.net

Who Will Attend?

Big data and analytics software providers, utilities companies, TSO’s, DSO’s,  technology and innovation directors, technical  directors, asset and security managers, IT architects, CRM/ customer service executives, metering experts, renewable energy experts, system engineers, consultants, strategic project managers and smart grids managers.

Further Information & Registration
Rohan Baryah
Tel: +48 61 646 7022
Email: rbaryah@acieu.net

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