Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sprint, Digi Introduce First Commercial 4G Routers

Digi International and Sprint have partnered to provide the first commercial-grade integrated 4G routers for connectivity to remote sites, devices and device/sensor networks via 4G networks.
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The Digi Connect WAN 4G has flexible device interfaces including RS-232 serial, USB and Ethernet for device connectivity. The ConnectPort X4 4G features ZigBee to WiMAX, so it can connect to ZigBee-enabled wireless devices or sensors on a network. For harsh environments, there is a version that comes with a NEMA X4/IP66 enclosure

Read More: here

Thursday, December 2, 2010

SGIP readies 3 new standards, plans to build database for them | SmartGridToday

"The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and some standards development organizations (SDOs) finished joint initial work on three standards, and SGIP will now build a database that NIST, FERC, utilities and vendors can use to ensure smart devices and meters work together securely, the group's governing board said yesterday.  But one challenge still facing the year-old SGIP is to ensure smart meters connecting to HANs through early versions of the ZigBee communications protocol are not marginalized by that standard's subsequent progress."


Read More: SGIP readies 3 new standards, plans to build database for them | SmartGridToday

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

GE creates home energy unit in smart-grid play

"General Electric has created a Home Energy Management business in a bid to apply digital technologies to energy efficiency in consumers' homes and the electric grid, the company said today.
The business unit, part of GE Appliances & Lighting, combines "smart" appliances and an Internet-based home energy management system called Nucleus, which is set for release next year.
By making a single business unit for home energy, GE is trying to focus its efforts on consumer interest in smart-grid technologies geared at using energy more efficiently, the company said."


GE's Nucleus software displays real-time and historical energy use. (Image courtesy: GE | CNET)

Read more: GE creates home energy unit in smart-grid play | CNET News

Smart Metering Leader Itron Joins IPSO Alliance

Goal to drive adoption of full end-to-end IP solutions for utility metering

Colorado Springs, CO – Dec. 1, 2010 – The IPSO Alliance, the organization defining the “Internet of Things,” today announced that Itron has become a Promoter member of the IPSO Alliance. By working with IPSO, Itron aims to drive and support full end-to-end IP solutions for the smart metering and smart grid markets. Itron’s products and solutions provide critical knowledge empowering customers to make informed decisions about the distribution and use of energy and water.

“As a leading global supplier of end-to-end solutions, Itron is pleased to be part of IPSO and we look forward to working with like-minded organizations to promote the use of IP for networking solutions,” said Patrick Mortel, Smart Metering Director, Itron International. “IP is a secure solution based on open standards which allows for interoperability, a key part of Itron’s philosophy. A secure, interoperable solution is vital to ensure the successful implementation of the Smart Grid,” he added.

“Having Itron join IPSO further solidifies IP as the technology best suited to provide a consistent and reliable way to deliver Smart Energy technology and solutions into homes and businesses,” said IPSO’s Chairman, Geoff Mulligan. “We look forward to working with Itron on their efforts to deliver globally a more secure and intelligent energy infrastructure.”

As a promoter member Itron may participate in meetings and committees, use the Alliance’s technical guidelines and case studies; demonstrate their products at meetings, trade shows and other Alliance events. They also will be able to qualify their products and services in the interoperability program.

About Itron
At Itron, we’re dedicated to delivering end-to-end smart grid and smart distribution solutions to electric, gas and water utilities around the globe. Our company is the world’s leading provider of smart metering, data collection and utility software systems, with nearly 8,000 utilities worldwide relying on our technology to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water. Our offerings include electricity, gas, water and heat meters; network communication technology; collection systems and related software applications; and professional services. To realize your smarter energy and water future, start here: www.itron.com.

Source: IPSO Alliance

Sunday, November 28, 2010

CFP - IEEE Network Magazine - Special Issue on Communication Infrastructures for Smart Grid

Call For Papers

IEEE Network Magazine

Special Issue on Communication Infrastructures for Smart Grid

Important Dates:

Manuscript Submission: February 1, 2011
Notification of Acceptance: May 1, 2011
Final Manuscript Due: July 1, 2011
Publication: September 2011

Scope

The papers in this special issue will focus on research and experiments in various aspects of smart grid communication infrastructures. We solicit papers covering various topics of interest that include, but not limited to the following:
• Demand Response
• Network Resource Optimization
• Congestion Management for Smart Grid Communications
• Self-healing and Self-optimizing Networking
Networking for Smart Grid (e.g. ROLL, 6LoWPAN, IP)
• Cyber Security and Privacy
• Field Trials
• Regulatory Issues
• Standardization and Interoperability

Manuscript Submission

Articles should be of tutorial in nature and authors must follow the IEEE Network guidelines for preparation of the manuscript and its format. For details, please refer to the "Guidelines for manuscripts" at the IEEE Network magazine web site at http://dl.comsoc.org/ni/. Manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format with a separate cover letter, which contains the paper title, authors, affiliations, complete contact information (indicating the primary contact author), a 250-word abstract, and 3-5 keywords, via an e-mail to all of the guest editors. Papers outside of the scope of this special issue will be rejected; authors uncertain about the relevance of their paper should inquire with the guest editors before submission.


Guest Editors

Woon Hau Chin
Toshiba Research Europe Limited
w.h.chin@ieee.org

Rose Qingyang Hu
Research In Motion
rosehu@ieee.org

Nada Golmie
National Institute of Standards and Technology
nada.golmie@nist.gov

Yi Qian
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
yqian@ieee.org
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