Smart grid could save $16.6 billion for UK economy: EA Technology

UK networks and consumers could save as much as £10 billion ($16.6 billion) between now and 2050 by deploying smart-grid technology, according to new research from EA Technology.

The forecast is based on the use of EA’s (Chester, UK) Transform Model, which the company claims has already helped to lower the cost of deploying new electrical network infrastructure between 2015 and 2023 by around £200 million.

ABB to deploy smart-grid systems in Rome for ACEA

ABB is to help Italian utility Azienda Comunale Elettricita e Acque (ACEA) with the deployment of a smart grid across part of Rome’s electrical distribution network.

The automation-technology player will supply medium-voltage products to ACEA (Rome, Italy) as part of the smart-grid initiative, which forms one of eight pilot projects that have won approval and received financial support from the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas.

Telit, NImbeLink partner to speed up M2M systems design

M2M hardware players Telit and NimbeLink say they have formed a partnership to speed up the design of specialized systems for M2M applications.

Under the Skywire brand, NimbeLink (Plymouth, MN, USA) has launched a series of embedded modems that use Telit’s (London, UK) xE910 family of modules, allowing designers to incorporate cellular connectivity into their products.

The first Skywire module comes with an embedded 2G CDMA 1xRTT product that is described by the companies as the smallest embedded cellular modem on the market.

Ray-Ban maker Luxottica to bring Google Glass to wider market

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Google has teamed up with Ray-Ban maker Luxottica in a bid to turn its Internet-connected Glass spectacles into a widely-available, stylish consumer product.

In a statement late on Monday, Luxottica (Milan, Italy), the world's biggest eyewear maker, said it had agreed to design, develop and distribute Glass eyewear, which so far has only been available as an expensive prototype in the United States.

Orange Cameroon to launch connected health service

Mobile operator Orange Cameroon is set to launch what it describes as a “preventive medical service” in collaboration with the country’s Ministry for Health.

The operator – a subsidiary of France’s telecoms incumbent Orange (Paris) – says the My Healthline service has been developed by its Orange Healthcare division and will provide remote medical advice in real time.

It is due to be released in April, and the operator plans to expand it to other sub-Saharan markets in Africa in future.

Switzerland's u-blox flags earnings growth on IoT demand

M2M hardware player u-blox has reported strong growth in revenue and profits last year on the back of rising demand for Internet of Things technologies.

The Swiss company said that net profit rose by 44.3%, to CHF24.6 million ($27.94 million), between 2012 and 2013, while revenues grew by 27%, to CHF219.8 million, over the same period.

u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland) flagged major improvements in the Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions, but noted a loss of business in the Americas, where “several large US customers chose to outsource manufacturing to Asia”.

TeliaSonera pilots M2M services with PostNord

Swedish telecoms incumbent TeliaSonera says it will support M2M connectivity in vans operated by mail-delivery company PostNord, with the aim of developing new fleet-management services based on the experience.

The pilot wills see TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden) install its M2M technology in 20 mail-delivery vans in Stockholm, allowing PostNord (Stockholm, Sweden) to benefit from a range of fleet-management services.

Xchanging invests in MachineShop to fuel IoT development

Technology services provider Xchanging has made a $1 million investment in enterprise middleware provider MachineShop aimed at supporting product development and sales and marketing activity in the Internet of Things (IoT) area.

Xchanging (London, UK) says it has partnered with MachineShop (Boston, MA, USA) since January 2013, but is keen to “penetrate the burgeoning IoT market further”.

Altice has no plans to raise SFR bid: Bloomberg

Altice has reportedly said it has no plans to increase its offer for Vivendi’s SFR after bidding rival Bouygues raised its own offer last week, according to Bloomberg.

Altice (Paris, France) has the flexibility to revise its bid between now and April 4 – when exclusive talks with Vivendi (Paris, France) are set to end – but believes it has the support of Vivendi, which is likely to face fewer antitrust and other regulatory hurdles in a sale to Altice than one involving Bouygues (Paris, France).

Telefonica SmartSantander project to become smart-cities blueprint

Telefonica claims its pioneering SmartSantander project has exceeded initial expectations and could become a blueprint for the development of smart cities in future.

Launched three years ago with a budget of €8.67 million ($11.93 million), the project in Santander has made use of an array of M2M and Internet of Things technologies, delivering benefits in areas including energy and traffic management and healthcare.

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