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Google to invest in wind energy to power Mountain View headquarters

Google has announced a long-term agreement with NextEra Energy Resources to purchase wind energy to power their Mountain View, California North Bayshore headquarters. Google’s agreement, beginning in 2016, will help power 43 MW into the 370 new turbines at a Bay Area wind farm, which will then feed into the California grid. Show More Summary

Malaysia sets up IoT lab for medical apps

Kontron has helped Malaysia set up a lab that will conduct R&D for cloud connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT), with a focus on medical applications. Kontron enlisted Cisco, Dell, IBM, Intel, and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) to help form the research facility in Penang. Show More Summary

Getting back to the smart cities future

At 12, I had an obsession with Jules Verne and H.G. Wells the way many girls of my generation swooned over the boys in Duran Duran. I had a stacked collection of their works on the nightstand next to my bed that could rival any friend’s...Show More Summary

Report: 'Review of IRWM Planning & Implementation in California' and Groundwater & IWRM @GWPnews

3 days agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

The Department of Water Resources has just released the report, Review of IRWM Planning and Implementation in California. It is part of the state's strategic planning process. IRWM is California's version of IWRM: Download Review_of_CA_IRWM_Planning_Implementation_Feb2015 Executive Summary The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is working with stakeholders to develop the...

Ultra-Capacitors Support Irish Smart Grid Test Bed

Freqcon has installed an energy storage system for Ireland’s Tallaght smart grid test bed. The solution is integrated with Maxwell’s ultra-capacitors and lithium-ion batteries that are designed to support grid stability in residential and industrial settings. Show More Summary

‘Smart City’ knows who needs power, and when

In 1882 on Pearl Street, New York City, Thomas Edison opened the world’s first commercial electric grid, lighting up local homes and businesses with cables connected to his power station. Fast forward to the present day and although technology has changed immeasurably, the way we power our cities hasn’t. Show More Summary

The IoT Brings Opportunities and Security Concerns

The Internet of things (IoT) continues to gain traction as companies look to leverage the possibilities of linking millions of assets, products and other “things” via the Internet. At the same time, the security implications of IoT are a key issue. Show More Summary

Wearables at Work: Is the Enterprise Ready?

Wearable technologies may be coming to an enterprise near you and for many markets the gadgets will help save time and improve productivity.

Update: Comment Deadline Announced in FAA Drone Rulemaking

Last week we reported on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration relative to the operation of “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” – what the rest of us out here in the Real World would refer to as “drones”. The NPRM has now made it into the Federal Register, so we know that comments in response to the NPRM are due by April 24, 2015.

Industrial Sector Seen Leading the IoT Shift

With networking companies and device makers jumping on the Internet of Things bandwagon, market drivers like expanding capacity via virtualized datacenters and the implementation of new standards like IPv6 are laying the groundwork for what could eventually become the Internet of Everything. Show More Summary

FAA Throws in the Towel On FM Spectrum, Apparently

After nearly a decade, the FAA advises that it is no longer pursuing a proposal that would have inserted it deeply into the regulation of FM stations. For years, the Federal Aviation Administration has toyed with the idea of regulating...Show More Summary

Equipment, software failures cost businesses $4M a year, says Infonetics

Network downtime caused by an equipment or software failure can be costly for any business. A new Infonetics survey of 205 medium and large businesses in North America reveals that companies are losing as much as $100 million per year to downtime related to information and communication technology (ICT).

Thorium, The Betamax of Nuclear Technologies

Thorium Itself. Worthly has up a review of different technologies that are “world-changing” and “just over the horizon.” Some seem pretty close by: self-driving cars, for example. Others are new to me, others I’ve heard of, still, the real worth of such round ups is that they allow us to dream of the future as a utopia. Show More Summary

The Age of the Prosumer

Electricity consumers are transforming into prosumers capable of production as well as consumption. A prosumer can generate kilowatts in the form of rooftop solar or create negawatts in the form of participation in a demand response or EV smart charging program. That’s why for utilities, this is the Age of the Prosumer. read more

What Snowmageddon 2015 Is Showing Boston About Building Efficiency

The Boston area is locked in one of the snowiest winters on record, and nearly every home, condominium and apartment building in the Northeast is adorned with icicles, which are hugely troubling from an environmental perspective. Ice on roofs speaks volumes about how easily heat is escaping from buildings. read more

CenturyLink serves up cloud cost estimator tool for channel partners

CenturyLink is adding a cloud services estimator to its portfolio, a new feature that will allow its channel partner customers to get a better handle on the cloud service spending that they broker for their business clients.

EarthLink gives businesses proactive tool with managed security monitoring service

EarthLink is looking to help its business customers stay ahead of potential security threats with its new Managed Security Monitoring Service.

My (Audio) Ten Cents: 'By This, I'm Touching a Little Bit of Iran'

4 days agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

I recently gave an interview to a media outlet about my recent trip to the I. R. of Iran to attend a water meeting in the city of Isfahan. The interviewer provided me with the following audio (MP3) montage of my non-water comments. It's only a few minutes long. Download...

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