CityMIND 6.5 helps cities connect to ‘internet of things’
A new platform for smart cities uses data fusion and machine learning to help cities manage events and resources across multiple agencies. CityMIND 6.5, released by AGT International, is designed to encourage knowledge-sharing by bringing together data from sensors, social media and other public and private sources across the... Read more
2025 could bring internet everywhere, privacy nowhere
Digital technologies have the potential to make the near future both better and worse in dramatic ways, according to a survey conducted by Elon University and the Pew Internet Project. “Digital Life in 2025” is based on responses from nearly 1500 internet experts and “highly engaged netizens.” Among the... Read more
Zebra’s $3.45bn cash deal targets ‘internet of things’
Zebra Technologies, a company that specializes in barcode and RFID (radio-frequency identification) technologies, is set to acquire Motorola’s Enterprise business in a $3.45 billion, all-cash transaction. The acquisition is aimed at building Zebra’s global position in “asset intelligence for the connected age.” “This acquisition will transform Zebra into a... Read more
Prodea releases platform for the ‘connected home’
A company called Prodea Systems has released what it calls a “one-of-a-kind” platform for the connected home. Prodea says its Residential Operating System (ROS) delivers numerous services on a single managed platform: entertainment, education, health and wellness, a private cloud, home security, automation, energy management and enhanced communication. The... Read more
IT giants target barriers to internet of things
Some of the world’s biggest technology companies have come together to “break down the barriers” standing in the way of the internet of things. The founding members of the new Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) include AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel. The open membership organization will focus on eliminating... Read more
Emergency response vehicle puts IoT on wheels
Australia’s National Safety Agency has developed a prototype emergency response vehicle equipped with multi-channel communications capabilities, real-time video and more than 30 screens for monitoring weather, incoming images from emergency responders and other critical data. Designed with support from Cisco, the ESIC (for “Emergency Services Integrated Communications”) vehicle serves... Read more
UK, Germany target 5G, ‘internet of things’
As two countries that have made new technology development a priority, the UK and Germany are teaming up in hopes of doing even more to promote economy-building digital innovations. Both UK Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke about those goals Sunday at the opening of... Read more
BT trials new networking tech for ‘internet of things’
Delivering on the potential of the “internet of things” (IoT) means being able to make devices of all kinds — from mobile phones to city lampposts — “talk” to one another easily and efficiently. However, that’s a challenge in a world where wide bands of the wireless spectrum are... Read more
Google’s $3.2bn Nest purchase is about smarts, not thermostats
Nest Labs was launched with a vision of a “conscious home” made possible in part through a thermostat that “learns” how to save energy and money. That vision is now backed by a $3.2 billion cash purchase by Google. Founded by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, the Palo Alto-based... Read more

What is the smart grid?

IOT February 3, 2012

Governments, energy companies and tech firms all talk about the “smart grid” a lot, but what exactly is the smart grid? Google that question, and you’ll quickly find more than 1 million results, including definitions from the US Department of Energy, its spin-off website and Wikipedia. All, though,... Read more