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PRODUCT NEWSNewtec modem wins satellite markets and research vision awardThe Newtec MDM6000 Satellite Modem, a          ap...
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PEOPLE NEWSSenior appointments made inM2M by Netgem and ConcirrusNetgem announced Romain Waller‘s              During his ...
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  1. 1. M2M Now: ISSN 2046-5882JANUARY 2013 PROFIT FROM A WORLD OF CONNECTED DEVICES VOLUME 3 ISSUE 1 Ready for MobileTALKING World Congress yet? It’s coming! See Page 39HEADS MILS readies for the challengeas CEO Yentz predicts abattle for M2M in 2013SMART HOMES& UTILITIES ISSUEReports from Amsterdam& London: What do userswant in a smart home?FLEET & ASSETTRACKINGFollow yourassets, nomatter whereor when M 4 AGRICULTURE CASE STUDIES M M2M tackles hungry BOLD MOVE BY ONE bats, thirsty cattle, SERVICE PROVIDER grapes and WireRats™ Deutsche Telekom and Maingate promote CapEx-free smart meters ALSO INSIDE!Most M2M forecasts are wrong: So say researchers! • Taiwan wakesup to M2M • Stand by, Oracle’s coming • Nothing Smart about myMetering! • The Contract Hot List • Company, Market, People &Product News • Latest News & Videos at www.m2mnow.biz
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  3. 3. CONTENTS Check Out Our Website! www.m2mnow.biz CONTENTS 3 COMMENT – by the Editor, Jeremy Cowan 4 The $$ cost of M2M hype and false hopes 10 TALKING HEADS PRODUCT NEWS Newtec wins satellite award; Digi launches compact module MARKET NEWS 5 6 Global satellite SCADA and M2M forecast; and Contract Hot List PEOPLE NEWS 7 Senior appointments at Netgem, Concirrus and INSIDE Secure COMPANY NEWS 8 Landis&Gyr creates 200 new jobs; Etherios acquired by Digi International TALKING HEADS 10 16 SMART HOMES ILS is up for the challenge as CEO, Fred Yentz predicts a battle for M2M in 2013 SMART METERS Smart choices in Amsterdam, but we find ‘intelligent data’ too 13 SMART HOMES 16 What do customers want in a smart home? Jeremy Cowan reports EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SMART METERS 20 Deutsche Telekom and Maingate unveil bold CapEx-free meter roll out plan24 OPINION AGRICULTURE CASE STUDIES Barry Nay lifts the lid on four case studies showing M2M’s agricultural impact OPINION A new strategy for efficient, low cost M2M 22 24 ASSET TRACKING 26 Bob Emmerson learns how to follow your assets, no matter where or when EXPERT OPINION 28 Telenor Connexion expands its services to support customer product lifecycles VIDEOS FOR YOU! 30 34 ASIA FOCUS See how businesses are benefiting from M2M Now’s video marketing skills EVENT DIARY Our listing of key events worldwide; Plus MWC 2013 Barcelona Preview 32 ASIA FOCUS 34 Steve Rogerson finds Taiwan is hurrying to catch up in M2M expertise RESEARCH 37 Oracle flexes its research muscles and prepares to launch in M2M BACK PAGE 38 Jeremy Cowan admits it: There’s nothing smart about his metering! Cover Sponsor: ILS Technology reports © WeKnow Media Ltd 2013 that it provides a sophisticated, yet easy- to-use power tool that helps customers All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be copied, stored, connect the dots without any added published or in any way reproduced without the prior written consent of infrastructure or programming; it is the Publisher. M2M Now is distributed free to selected named individuals worldwide whooffered at a reasonable cost and with a short implementation time meet the Publishers terms of Circulation Control. If you would like to applyframe. Platforms such as these are what enterprises are looking for to for a regular free copy supplied at the Publishers discretion visit www.m2mnow.biz If you do not qualify for a free subscription, paidtranslate their visions into business innovations. Products like the subscriptions can be obtained. Subscriptions for 5 issues per year costdeviceWISE M2M Application Deployment Kit, take the M2M market £125.00 worldwide (or US$210 / €160) including post and packing. M2M Now magazine is published 5 times a year.from the best possible, easily managed connection development spaceto the best possible, easiest to consume deployment space. Send your News to the Editor:www.ilstechnology.com j.cowan@m2mnow.biz • www.m2mnow.biz CONTENTS M2M Now January 2013 3
  4. 4. COMMENT The $$ cost of M2M hype and false hopes How often have you looked at M2M research figures and muttered, “Really?” I don’t have empiric evidence (yet) but many people I talk to are as unimpressed as I am by forecasts of millions of cellular M2M connections, billions of connected devices and trillion dollar revenues. Eventually such figures become meaningless. Even worse, they actively damage future investments in machine-to- machine communications, investments that still offer some of the brightest financial hopes for network operators worldwide. It’s simple. If you hype a service too far it will surely fail to meet its Jeremy Cowan stellar forecasts. It’s surely not in any of our interests for this market to acquire a reputation for over-promising and under-delivering. Amid falling profits from voice traffic and zero margins on mobile data, operators cast around for Hope. Then the CFO meets “He uses statistics as a drunken man someone at a conference who’s making steady money by uses a lamp-post, for support rather connecting Things, not People. So he has a long, hard look at the research. Except that some analysts seem to see this sector as one than illumination.” in which to bash out a quick report to boost cashflow then Andrew Lang (1844-1912) ignore again. components, migration paths from 2G to 3G to 4G LTE, end-user I talked along these lines recently with one eminent researcher in behaviour, socio-economic factors, and so on into consideration this space, and a member of M2M Now’s Editorial Board, Robin when building forecasts.” Duke-Woolley, CEO of Beecham Research. He pointed out the kind of errors that are being made. “Growth rate projections are Now, I’m not privy to the various methodologies of rival analysts, often far too high for what is essentially a solutions business, not a and I’m not so green that I can’t spot a sales pitch, but we will be consumer products business. New projects and technology changes taking a closer look at the claims of M2M researchers in an attempt are also often assumed to happen much too rapidly. Those 10-year to de-bunk some of the hype, to point out the successes and forecasts then typically multiply all the assumptions in shorter range failures of some forecasts, and establish what separates accurate forecasts, claiming preposterous accuracy with big headline claims from self-serving exaggeration. Meanwhile, my old man had numbers. The forecast errors for these are potentially huge. a quote for every occasion and one from Scottish novelist, Andrew Lang (1844-1912) seems appropriate. “He uses statistics as a He’s not alone. James Brehm, senior strategist at global consulting drunken man uses a lamp-post, for support rather than and market analytics firm, Compass Intelligence wrote a sensible illumination.” Perhaps we should study future forecasts with a report this month headlined ‘Why most M2M forecasts are wrong’. more sober eye. (Read it at www.M2MNow.biz, Search: ‘Compass’). He said, “While there are many companies providing annual data on the M2M market, most analyst firms make assumptions that are not grounded in reality. The majority … do not take availability of EDITORIAL ADVISORSEDITOR & PUBLISHER CIRCULATIONJeremy Cowan CircdataTel: +44 (0) 1420 588638 Tel: +44 (0) 1635 869868j.cowan@m2mnow.biz PUBLISHED BYDIGITAL EDITOR WeKnow Media Ltd. Suite 138, 70 Churchill Square,Nathalie Bisnar Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4YU, UKTel: +44 (0) 1732 808690 Tel: +44 (0) 1732 897646 Erik Brenneis, Alexander Robin Duke- Baard Eilertsen, Ann Hatchell,n.bisnar@m2mnow.biz Head of Vodafone Bufalino, Woolley, CEO, President & CEO, Bridgewater DISTRIBUTION M2M SVP, Global Beecham Maingate Systems UK Postings LtdBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Marketing, Telit. Research Tel: +44 (0) 8456 444137Cherisse JamesonTel: +44 (0) 1732 897646c.jameson@m2mnow.biz M2M Now is distributed free to selected named individuals worldwide who meet the Publishers terms of Circulation Control. If you would like to apply for a regular free copy © WeKnow Media Ltd 2013OPERATIONS & EVENTS DIRECTOR supplied at the Publishers discretion visit www.m2mnow.biz IfCharlie Bisnar you do not qualify for a free subscription, paid subscriptions can All rights reserved. No part ofTel: +44 (0) 1732 897641 be obtained. Subscriptions for 5 issues per year cost £125.00 this publication may be worldwide (or US$210 / €160) including post and packing. copied, stored, published orcharlie@vanillaplus.com in any way reproduced Marie-Paule Odini, Fergus OReilly, without the prior written Tony Jackson, Gwenn Larsson, consent of the PublisherDESIGN Director, Telecoms, Head of HP CMS Chief SolutionJason Appleby Convergys Smart Marketing, Telenor Expert, SAP M2M Now: ISSN 2046-5882Ark Design Consultancy Ltd Revenue Solutions Connexion Consume to CashTel: +44 (0) 1787 8816234 M2M Now January 2013 COMMENT
  5. 5. PRODUCT NEWSNewtec modem wins satellite markets and research vision awardThe Newtec MDM6000 Satellite Modem, a applications and any speeds. This particular develop the update on the DVB-S2 standard.new generation satellite platform, has won modem handles data rates up to 380Mbps Newtec’s contribution to the standard hasthe Satellite Markets and Research Most in each direction. resulted in new satellite transmissionInnovative Product Award. Through the technologies that are already implementedcombination of new high speed and The high-speed MDM6000 modem is in full in the MDM6000 Satellite Modem. Thoseefficiency technologies, the modem compliance with the DVB-S2 standard and technologies include smaller roll-offs,achieved the world speed record earlier this already supports the upcoming S2 advanced filtering, more and betteryear. Slava Frayter, the companys VP Extensions. Newtec has teamed up with MODCODs, FEC upgrades and widebandAmericas, accepted the award on behalf of other DVB-members in order to define and support (72Mbaud).Newtec at the Satellite Markets andResearch Vision Awards reception duringSATCON2012 in the Javits ConventionCenter, New York City.The Newtec MDM6000 Satellite Modemwas launched in September and completesNewtec’s modem portfolio to cover all IPDigi launches compact wireless modulefor developing connected portable devicesDigi International has launched a compact access to an applications development using the iDigi® Device Cloud.”wireless system-on-module for developing platform and device managementconnected devices based on Freescale functionality. The ConnectCard for i.MX28 is smalltechnology. The ConnectCard™ for i.MX28 enough for the most compact designs. Themodule’s small form factor and integrated “The ConnectCard i.MX28 provides the module is said to offer easy designWi-Fi and Bluetooth networking options are performance and flexibility of a system-on- integration, low-power operation anddesigned for developing portable medical module, but in an ultra-small form factor,” unique interface flexibility. It features andevices and other products in energy, said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of integrated 32-bit ARM core running at uptransportation, industrial or building global sales and marketing, Digi to 454 MHz, on-chip power management,automation. Through the iDigi® Device International. “Customers can develop and Bluetooth 4.0, and dual Ethernet andCloud™, developers will have immediate maintain their connected devices easily 802.11 a/b/g/n networking options. NEWS IN BRIEF I NEWS IN BRIEF I NEWS IN BRIEF I NEWS IN BRIEF I NEWS IN BRIEF I NEWS IN BRIEF I NEWS IN BRIEF Modular, open integration between energy consumers, energy applications through a single platform launched for generators and energy storage in the infrastructure that uses an open IP- building automation home can now be realised in defined based architecture. expansion steps, making it a new option Diehl Controls, a Z-Wave Alliance member for energy providers, telcos and OEMs. Ambient’s CTO, Ram Rao, said, “It and a European provider of heating and has always been our philosophy to photovoltaic controls, has developed an open integration platform that forms a Platform provider adds offer a network platform with two new smart grid nodes choice in the communications complete modular home control solution Ambient Corporation of Massachusetts, technologies since no single for networked homes. The Smart Eco provider of a secure, flexible and scalable technology will be suitable for all System employs the Z-Wave wireless smart grid communications and grid scenarios. With the launch of standard to control appliances, radiators, applications platform, has launched two the Ambient MiniNode and lighting and other residential and new smart grid nodes: the Ambient MicroNode, we … also (offer) commercial building systems via MicroNode™ and Ambient MiniNode™. greater choice to match price smartphone, tablet or PC, locally or These are designed to complement the performance in the hardware remotely. Ambient Smart Grid Node™, which now to facilitate those has more powerful grid analytics communications and The Ambient Using the Smart ECO system, end users capabilities. applications.” MicroNode™ can monitor and control the energy consumption of all appliances at a glance and in forthcoming applications, integrate These additions to the family are said to electrical and thermal energy storage offer utilities reliable and efficient systems. The connection and interaction management of multiple smart gridFull reports on these and other News stories can be found at www.m2mnow.biz M2M Now January 2013 5
  6. 6. MARKET NEWS Global satellite SCADA and M2M market ‘to reach $2.7bn in 2021’ Global Information, Inc (GII) of Farmington, traditional verticals is expected to grow at green energy for the provision of high Connecticut says that the satellite EO single-digit levels, emerging verticals are bandwidth CCTV for security requirements. industry is progressively moving from expected to grow “impressively” over the growth fed by governmental and military next decade. The SCADA/M2M via Satellite, 3rd Edition orders to a more balanced mix of end users. report provides a comprehensive analysis of This lays the groundwork for a decade of The global satellite SCADA/M2M market is addressable markets and demand trends for growth in both data and value-added expected to reach US$2.7 billion in 2021, today’s SCADA/M2M market, covering eight services (VAS) segments. growing more than two-fold from today’s regions and seven distinct vertical markets. $1.2 billion annual revenue base. The The report forecasts in-service units and Meanwhile, a healthy mix of satellite-based market is currently dominated by L-band service revenues for each frequency system control and data acquisition and is likely to remain the preferred platform that includes L-band, Ku-band, C- (SCADA) and machine-to-machine (M2M) platform over the long term. However, Ku- band and HTS for the period 2011-2021. opportunities is projected over the long band has gained inroads in the term, albeit via a shifting mix of vertical transportation market and is used more For more information on all our reports go market demand. While the market for frequently in new verticals, specifically in to: www.m2mnow.bizTHE CONTRACT HOT LIST M2M Now January 2013 Its free to be included in The Contract Hot List (below), which shows the companies announcing recent contract wins or product deployments. If your contract is not listed here just email the details to us now marked "Hot List" <j.cowan@m2mnow.biz> Vendor/Partners Client, Country Product/Service (Duration & Value) Awarded Aeris Communications Acura, USA Selected as Communications Provider for upcoming luxury sedan 11.2012 Bosch Healthcare Doro, Provider of TeleCare systems in Europe chooses mobile partner 11.2012 Ericsson Megafon, Russia To provide cloud-based M2M services for enterprises 11.2012 Ericsson TeliaSonera, Sweden To provide cloud-based M2M services for enterprises 11.2012 Ericsson 3, UK To provide cloud-based M2M services for enterprises 11.2012 FTS Unnamed M2M enabler, Germany Leap™ Billing to enhance content & M2M billing and customer experience 10.2012 Gemalto Standard Bank, South Africa Supplying multifunction EMV contactless payment card for fares & goods 11.2012 Gemalto Vodafone Group, International To provide and operate global TSM platform and deploy NFC services 11.2012 Globecomm Systems Inc. NATO Comms & Information Agency US$4.5m to upgrade GPS-based Force Tracking System 11.2012 Landis+Gyr Helen Electricity Network, Finland Smart metering provider enables HEN to complete deployment project 11.2012 Locamation SSE, UK Starts smart grid automation pilot project with UK power distributor 10.2012 MoreMagic Solutions DStv, Access Ban & Ecobank Expand Splash mobile money ecosystem in Sierra Leone 11.2012 Numerex Alcohol Monitoring Systems, USA Expand ‘breakthrough’ wireless alcohol monitoring for criminal justice 11.2012 OKI Data Americas Lantronix, USA Smart M2M connectivity solutions provider to resell xPrintServer™ 11.2012 Orga Systems Meralco, Philippines Bring first smart grid solution to the Philippines in pilot for 40,000 customers 11.2012 Redline Communications Unnamed oil & gas company, USA Broadband wireless M2M contract for communications between wells & rigs 10.2012 Smart421 Rail Settlement Plan Ltd, UK 5-year contract to design, build & run a live sales management system 11.2012 SK C&C USA Vodafone Group, International M-commerce business, CorFire™, to provide mobile wallet capabilities 11.2012 Telefónica Generali Seguros, Spain Agree the development of a new M2M car insurance scheme 11.2012 Key: EMV = Europay, Mastercard & Visa M2M = Machine-to-machine IoT = Internet of Things TSM = Trusted Service Management Numerex ‘breakthrough’6 M2M Now January 2013
  7. 7. PEOPLE NEWSSenior appointments made inM2M by Netgem and ConcirrusNetgem announced Romain Waller‘s During his career, he has managed and Telematics with experience ofappointment as the head of Netgem’s several business units with full P&L complex and international sales withinnewly created Connected Home product responsibility within the Sagem Group the telecommunications and M2Mdivision. He will report to Christophe and more recently the Technicolor group. business areas. Falkman has beenAulnette, chief executive officer. In his previous roles, his core missions enlisted to spearhead the growth of theConcirrus Ltd simultaneously have included business development with Concirrus business.announced the appointment of Oscar global media and telecommunicationsFalkman as general manager of its newly operators to cover set-top boxes, modems, Falkman says, "This new role atformed office in Sweden. gateways, as well as IPTV service platforms Concirrus will enable me to consolidate and other connected technologies. my expertise of creating and developingA graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and companies, and build a world class teamEcole des Mines de Paris, Waller joins Prior to joining Concirrus, Falkman was to deliver sales and additional revenueNetgem after 14 years of experience part of the Telenor Connexion business streams with businesses including vehiclewithin the telecommunications industry. team and has a background rich in M2M telematic vendors.”Continua Health Alliance adds two to its board of directors Continua Health establishing industry standards for advancing our vision to Alliance has appointed interoperability. create an ecosystem of two new members to plug-and-play products its Board of Directors to The new directors are Kaoru Hiraoka, and services for health serve a one-year term. general manager of Advanced self-management and Continua Health Technology and Standardisation, Mobile health care delivery,” Alliance is the Phones Unit, Fujitsu Ltd, and Thierry said Clint McClellan, international industry Zylberberg, executive vice president of Continua BoardKaoru Hiraoka organisation dedicated the France Telecom-Orange Group, president and Thierry to advancing personal and director of Orange Healthcare. chairman, and senior Zylberberg connected health by director of Strategic promoting end-to-end, “These new directors will … provide our Marketing, at Qualcomm Life, Inc., a plug-and-play board and management team with new wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm connectivity of personal insight and perspectives as we work to Technologies, Inc. health devices and facilitate more efficient connectivity,Open Mobile Alliance elects a new technical work leader The Open Mobile Alliance has Work Programme at the OMA. has been working in the Service elected Francesco Vadalà of Layer and Messaging Innovation Telecom Italia as chairman of its An experienced telecom engineer, department of Telecom Italia Technical Plenary committee. In Francesco Vadalà has been where he analyses emerging addition, Kepeng Li of Huawei working for cellular network technologies and co-ordinates has been elected Technical Plenary operators for more than 10 years standards activities in areas such as vice-chairman and will join Vadalà in different areas of expertise messaging, service exposure, along with Technical Plenary vice- involving innovation, technical architectures for mobile Francesco chairman Roland Hechwartner of strategy and research and applications and service delivery Vadalà T-Mobile in leading the Technical development (R&D). Since 2007 he and social networks.INSIDE Secure appoints Dimitrios Karayiannis to senior R&D roleINSIDE Secure, a provider of payment business lines. Prior to joining INSIDE Secure, he heldsemiconductors for secure transactions various positions at Texas Instrumentsand digital identity, has appointed Karayiannis brings to the role more than in the USA and France. As a member ofDimitrios Karayiannis to the position of 16 years of hardware and software the senior leadership team at Texasvice president of research and experience in the semiconductor Instruments France, he managed thedevelopment. He now leads the R&D industry, including over 10 years’ R&D organisation for the wirelessorganisation and is responsible for the management experience in product business unit. A Greek citizen, Mr.development of all products for INSIDE development of application and Karayiannis holds a PhD in computerSecure’s Near Field Communication BaseBand processors. science from Southern Illinois University.(NFC), digital security and secure M2M Now January 2013 7
  8. 8. COMPANY NEWS Growing smart meter demand creates up to 200 new jobs at Landis+Gyr Landis+Gyr, whose ultrasonic gas meter early as next year. As part of this steady production recently reached three million at growth, the company which operates two its site in Stockport, UK, plans to expand its sites in Greater Manchester, has grown current employee base of 300 by up to 200 from serving niche markets to become a new jobs across the skill spectrum. The European leader in smart gas metering. posts will be in manufacturing excellence, quality, design and manufacturing Oliver Jud, head of Landis+Gyr’s Gas engineering, product and project Metering Business, said: “We have come a management and supply chain. long way since we started production of To mark the three millionth meter milestone, these meters in 1993. This achievement Landis+Gyr’s Oliver Jud, presented a golden The Stockport facility has been in operation demonstrates that our smart gas meter to the customer, Jim Macdonald, chief since 2005 and the business envisages technology is a core company strength.” executive of Calvin Asset Management. reaching the four million meter mark as Digi International acquires the cloud computing services provider Etherios Digi International of Minnesota has management, greater machine uptime and Etherios helps transform organisations purchased Chicago-based Etherios, Inc., the ability to offer proactive customer through the implementation of cloud creator of The Social Machine®, a new service. computing technologies. It provides cloud-based method for integrating operational strategy, technical design and machines into core business processes via “Etherios is a world-class cloud computing architecture, implementation and change the Salesforce Service Cloud. Combining services provider with hundreds of management services to its global the iDigi® Device Cloud™ with The Social successful domestic and global customer base. Machine® will enable almost any machine, deployments,” said Joe Dunsmore, CEO, anywhere in the world, to connect rapidly Digi International. “We believe Digi’s deep Mike Dannenfeldt, CEO, Etherios said, “We and easily to the Service Cloud. By enabling device expertise combined with Etherios’ believe when we combine Digis device real-time machine interactions with ability to integrate devices directly into an knowledge and iDigi Device Cloud with The organisations’ workflows, it is said that organisation’s core business processes via Social Machine® it will serve as a positive, customers will be able to benefit the industry’s leading cloud-based CRM disruptive force in the industry.” dramatically through improved asset system can be an M2M game changer.” NEWS IN BRIEF I NEWS IN BRIEF I NEWS IN BRIEF I NEWS IN BRIEF I NEWS IN BRIEF I NEWS IN BRIEF I NEWS IN BRIEF Vodafone hits H1 2012 losses Firms partner to deliver gap in the growing machine-to- but there is ‘strong growth’ global satellite-based M2M platform machine (M2M) market for satellite in M2M revenues, says CEO messaging. The new AST iX UK-based Applied Satellite Technology platform enables organisations to Ltd. (AST) and Active Web Solutions monitor and control remote Vodafone has announced a loss of £1.88 Ltd. (AWS) have joined forces to deliver equipment anywhere on the billion (€2,35 billion) for the six months a global satellite-based M2M platform, planet and at the touch of a ended 30 September, 2012, as total AST iX. AST and AWS both have button, without human revenues fell 7.4% on H1, 2011. But extensive experience within the satellite interaction. AST iX is said by Vittorio Colao, group chief executive of industry and saw a specific and unique the companies to be at the the Newbury, UK-based mobile network forefront of this modern operator reported that M2M revenues market sector, offering new continued to show ‘strong’ growth. capabilities to established and developing areas, There was continued strong growth in emerging countries and Vodafone Global Enterprise, M2M and remote sites, where there Vodafone One Net but these areas were may be limited or offset by “macro-economic challenges unreliable in country-level enterprise units”. communication infrastructure available.8 M2M Now January 2013
  9. 9. LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY CONTROL SYSTEMS www.maingatesolutions.comF O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N info@maingatesolutions.com phone +46 455 36 37 00
  10. 10. TALKING HEADS ILS is up for the challenge as Yentz predicts 2013 will see a battle for M2M There’s a lot that’s exciting about the year ahead in M2M. In fact Fred Yentz of ILS Technology tells Jeremy Cowan that he believes M2M solution providers will be tested in 2013. He also expects a battle between big systems integrators and network operators for control of M2M services and top line revenues. “I think a battle M2M Now: What is the most pressing challenge Our clients enjoy a simple point and click integration or opportunity you see today that is impeding into SAP, Oracle, IBM applications, databases, and is brewing the progress of M2M customer adoption? enterprise service busses. Imagine: seamless connections from your remote machine under a between the big Fred Yentz: The core challenge in M2M today is the predictive maintenance contract into your existing same one it has always been; that of connecting to analytic and trouble ticket applications, without the systems remote assets, globally providing enough intelligence need for custom programming. at the device side of the network to evaluate and integrators and determine events, trends, and alerts as needed, then As a larger M2M community, I would like to see us all transferring the information through the network talking about enterprise integration the way our the network (wired, wireless, and satellite) to a point where value enterprise customers expect it to be done: Robust operators.” can be created. tools that allow point-and-click for native application integration and value delivery, without the need to Fred Yentz, ILS It sounds so simple, but there is a history of complexity extract your data from a third-party service repository. surrounding M2M solutions which is doing none of us Technology any favours. For years M2M solutions have been built M2M Now: As M2M users and their applications in silos using a complex collection of technology and roam ever further, what impact is globalisation skills. I often refer to these early initiatives as science having on services? What challenges does this projects. They have been executed with varying bring for M2M service providers, network degrees of success. operators and device or module vendors, and how well are they coping? Unfortunately, while these early stories provide interested parties with a set of lessons learned, they Fred Yentz: Many of our customers are faced with also give the wrong impression regarding what is possible the task of making their solutions as global as today – setting expectations of difficulty, extended possible. It’s a big task even for companies who have time to market and even the need for ‘good-enough’ been working in the telecommunications domain for work-arounds that, frankly, are no longer necessary. years. Making a smart phone which is compatible and certified on a carrier network with some participants Making M2M easy is the key to our collective industry roaming is a very different problem than making a success and that’s exactly what we have achieved with connected capital asset that will be distributed and our deviceWISE M2M Application Platform. It used around the world. incorporates a portfolio of intellectual property plus 30 years of lessons learned into a tool that allows our In telecom speak, a smart phone is a device or a customers to quickly configure the assets they want to modem is a device. But in M2M, cars, generators, monitor, and connect them seamlessly and securely elevators and vending machines would be considered into their existing back office IT applications so they the devices. The complexity that smart phone vendors can achieve real value quickly and simply and start must achieve in order to ship product which is certified building their RoI. on global networks is formidable – and they’re the experts. Speaking of which, there has recently been a lot of attention given to enterprise integration. How does For M2M, device makers will be looking to their that really work? If you peel back the marketing hype module vendors and network operators for help. from many platform solutions that talk about Those players will need to establish and share some enterprise integration, you’ll find that the customer is level of standards or best practices that allow the new faced with methods which are as archaic as CSV file device makers to succeed. exchanges. The need to support multiple technologies and At ILS Technology, we look at the world completely multiple carriers around the globe also highlights the differently – in a way that has been validated by our importance of integrating the network provisioning enterprise and Fortune 500 customers countless times. and communications management into application10 M2M Now January 2013
  11. 11. platforms in order to allow the user community a higher degree of automaticprovisioning and management of the network using the powerful applicationsand workflow that they have invested in over time.For example, if an OEM processes a customer order using their SAP ERPsystem for a connected product (asset or thing) you would suspectthat the order needs to be provisioned with an M2M connection forenhanced services. It seems reasonable to expect that the SAPsystem would drive the customer information, asset information andservice levels into the M2M Application Platform layer andsubsequently allow the provisioning and service levels to flownatively to the Connected Device Provisioning (CDP) layer to setupthe connection and rate plan.Our experience indicates that integration will always happen asclose to the application as possible, for the simple reason that thevalue is the highest at the application layer.I think a battle is brewing between the big systems integratorsand the network operators. Both want to have as much controland top line revenue as possible for ongoing M2M solutiondelivery. At ILS Technology we think we need both and, of course,we support both. A quality platform solution has to play nice withboth ends of the network – the device side and the enterpriseapplication side – as well as provide seamless integration to thenetwork provisioning tools.2013 is looking like the year that M2M solutionproviders will be put to the test. At ILS Technology weare excited about the challenge.M2M Now: Global services mean globalsolutions. Will we soon see widespreadimplementation of agreed standards? Orare solution providers just paying lip-service to the joint efforts ofstandardisation bodies?Fred Yentz: The goal for anystandardisation effort is to reducecomplexity and cost throughcommonality. At this point, I thinkthe entire industry can agree onthe topics, need and desiredbenefit. Today and goingforward, anydisagreements andconfusion will centrearound the details ofhow to achieve ourshared objectives.From myperspective, ithelps to considerthe M2M spaceusing thephrase ‘Internetof Things’ (IoT).The internet and Fred Yentz is thetelecom worldapproaches president andstandards in a unique CEO of ILSmanner. (Telecom specs Technologyfor telecom OEMs). M2M Now January 2013 11
  12. 12. TALKING HEADS “It is critical that The key to success for M2M standardisation lies with M2M Now: How are enterprises who want to be developing a standards approach that is easy to the consumers of these connected solutions the M2M understand and implement for the vast proliferation of dealing with the globalisation challenges? ‘things’ producers. service-layer Fred Yentz: From an enterprise customer perspective, Traditionally, the telecom marketplace has had a large we are seeing the need to integrate connected assets specification be supplier base of handsets, tablets, and modems. As which may be local or international into the systems vast as that ecosystem may seem, it pales in that enterprises use to manage and optimise their simple enough to comparison to the makers of things across every business. That being said, we see the integration layer vertical. For this reason, and this reason alone, it is of most importance residing high in the stack or at the not overwhelm critical that the M2M service-layer specification be application layer. the ‘thing simple enough to not overwhelm the ‘thing makers’. Providing a specification and protocol that can be The ILS Technology deviceWISE solution is often used makers’.” easily implemented to give broad adoption and in this exact way: providing a mechanism to connect commonality is paramount. to assets and sending critical right-time information Fred Yentz, ILS through a network and ultimately terminating the That’s why ILS Technology participated in the original connection at the IT application and data centre side Technology request by the Telecommunications Industry of the enterprise. Integrating the value at the Association (TIA) to begin standards work in the application side of the stack allows our platform to space. We promoted the concept of creating a terminate different networks and different network specification that would be easy to implement by non- types into our service, which simplifies the integration telecom OEMs, as well as a specification that would implementation for the enterprise customer. not be tied to any particular transport technology (wired, 2G, 3G, 4G, satellite, etc.). M2M Now: What excites you about the future of M2M and ILS Technology’s role in that future? To that end, TIA has balloted and will publish a specification which is vertical- and modality-agnostic, Fred Yentz: The more M2M solutions I encounter, the while being simple enough for everyone to implement. more excited I become about the possibilities of new The spec, called TR-50 M2M Smart Device connected applications that will change our world. It is Communications, was created with input from a great to watch business leaders begin to understand variety of OEMs as well as the OPC Foundation, and that M2M-enabled solutions can support new revenue is targeted to be less than 30 pages. When published, streams, save costs and bring a new level of it will be submitted to the oneM2M partnership compliance to their business. programme by TIA for review. At ILS Technology we are seeing the dramatic upward M2M Now For those who may not be aware, the OPC Foundation trend in qualified customers that know they must have Jargon Buster is the worlds leading community of over 500 more than a story around M2M, and are ready to companies for interoperability solutions based on OPC commission real projects now. (Open Platform Connectivity) communication ERP = Enterprise specifications for secure, reliable and platform- We look forward to working with enterprise customers in Resource Planning independent information exchange. OPC technology is an effort to help them address why they should consider IoT = Internet of Things widely used for information integration in industrial M2M and IoT projects to improve their business results. automation and related domains. This powerful In addition to enterprise customer engagements, we M(V)NO = Mobile combination brings the telecom standard writers will continue to build partnerships around critical (Virtual) Network together with the OEM community which will be routes to market and customer relationships. Operator charged with implementation of the standard. Supporting our system integrator, MNO and MVNO OEM = Original partners with M2M services and tools which are builtEquipment Manufacturer At the end of the day, the success of standards will be to solve tomorrow’s business objectives. We want to measured by industry adoption. In the case of M2M, put their fear of the unknown and tales of failed M2M RoI = Return on the adopters will the thousands of thing makers that and IoT science projects of the past to rest, and teach Investment are building the connected planet. them to leverage robust tools built for the IT industry.12 M2M Now January 2013
  13. 13. EVENT REVIEWAMSTERDAM, OCTOBER 2012:Smart choices, butintelligent data tooHosting three events under one roof isn’t always a recipe for success, but it workedwell in Amsterdam for the less-than-snappily-titled expo, Metering Billing/CRMEurope, Smart Homes, Transmission & Distribution/Smart Grids Europe. Relax! Nextyear it’s going to be called European Utility Week. It’ll make the name badges smallertoo, says Jeremy Cowan.“A few years ago,” one experienced visitor to theshow tells me, “this event was a box and hardwarestory. Now it’s moving into all sorts of areas likeauthentication, security, even Big Data. It’s not anM2M (machine-to-machine) industry event, it’s aboutverticalised industries, but there are still too manyproprietary boxes.”It’s well documented that the market is in need ofopen platforms and agreed M2M standards, and this isechoed by Thomas Weisshaupt of BusinessDevelopment Energy Markets at Cinterion, the M2Msegment of Gemalto. “We’re trusted advisers (toutilities). They want to know what open platforms areout there, and how they will benefit – they’re notasking how to deploy smart meters themselves. So,we’re trying to develop open standards throughstandards committees.“Utilities are now switching from the Mechanical Age dedicated service, or repeatable latency necessary forto the Internet Age. We need to raise awareness of smart grids, smart meters, smart cities, or even smart Consumers who homes. Since Vodafone estimated that only 70% ofthe Internet of Energy, and to avoid the mistakes of UK homes have cellular connectivity at their meter have the abilityInternet 1.0 – you can’t run smart grids with cookies,”says Weisshaupt. location (Carbon Connections Report, July 2009), steps to monitor their have been taken to improve indoor mobile coverage. energy use inThe new Cinterion EHS5 module was launched beforethe show by Avnet Embedded, which serves the Take your pick of tech real-time canindustrial market with displays, embedded computing One infrastructure company, Sensus, that offers smart meters, communication systems, software and services reduce theirhardware, software, networking and wirelessproducts. The EHS5 is for M2M application providers for the electric, gas, and water utilities, says that electricitylooking for product longevity and cost efficiency. The operators have not fully addressed the wider problemsmodule uses the latest HSPA+ baseband developed by of endpoint battery life, latency, or contention with consumption byIntel for low current consumption. With the same other public network traffic. According to Sensus, that as much as 20%.ultra-compact profile as the GPRS BGS2 module, this figure of 70% doesn’t even take into account thenew element of the Cinterion Evolution platform difficulty of reaching meters from other utilities, such Electric Poweroffers high speed data communication with a as water, which are typically situated under pathways Researchdownlink speed capable of 7.2 Mbps and uplink of up and need battery powered communications lastingto 5.76 Mbps. more than 10 years without recharge or change out. Institute, Andy Slater, director at Sensus, told M2M Now, reported byProponents of other technologies, however, point outthat cellular links can’t always provide the connectivity, “Ireland is now committed to water and gas Tendril M2M Now January 2013 13
  14. 14. EVENT REVIEW "Our experience with Thames Water in Reading was we have a first time connect rate to meters in underground pits of 99% with an ongoing read interval success rate of 98%. All of these trial results are before any network optimisation work which would further improve performance," he adds. Sensus’ FlexNet LRR system communicates via primary use licensed spectrum. It is a dedicated and secure two-way communications highway that enables wide- area coverage reaching all points in a utility’s service area without the need for additional or hybrid networks. The FlexNet LRR system supports true end-to-end IPv6 communication across all platforms – electric, gas, water and lighting control. IPv6 compatibility transforms the system from a single-application advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network to an interoperable smart grid infrastructure, enabling industry standard addressing to be used between all endpoints and applications.. (metering) under one authority. There will be advantages if they look for a WAN solution that can The FlexNet LRR system supports true end-to-end IPv6 do both at the same time. PLC (power line communication across all platforms – electric, gas, communication) doesn’t do either. Cellular doesn’t water and lighting control. IPv6 compatibility work here because of the requirement for a 15-year transforms the system from a single-application battery life and because the water meter is generally advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network to an at the property boundary so out of HAN range. Mesh interoperable smart grid infrastructure, enabling claims to do both (water and gas) but there are cost industry standard addressing to be used between all and technical challenges in getting a low power signal endpoints and applications. to underground points without a high density of street mounted equipment.” The next generation of the FlexNet system supports true end-to-end IPv6 communication across all “Long-range radio (LRR) has become a popular choice platforms – electric, gas, water and lighting control. for smart metering and grid applications where IPv6 compatibility transforms the system from a single- connection is required to devices outside the home or application advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) those not able to connect to a power supply like, gas network to an interoperable smart grid infrastructure meters,” Slater reports. He maintains that the enabling industry standard addressing to be used discussion has to evolve from a focus by some on the between all endpoints and applications. communications systems available today, to how we can make use intelligently of the data they provide. “Recent projects and smart grid deployments around the globe teach us that energy suppliers have to use a For a smart grid, the communications network must balanced mix of communication technologies to have low and defined latency to ensure traffic can achieve customer loyalty and satisfaction.” So says flow securely and with ease. It is also important to Atreya Chaganty, VP Business Strategy & Development Kenneth have a dedicated, purpose-built utility-grade network at Orga Systems. “Essential for a combined use of Toenning, PLC, GSM, and radio networks is a fault-tolerant to give guaranteed network performance (service level Vestforsyning system with adequate redundancy, ensuring proper agreements), all of which is difficult for mobile networks to provide. fail-over support in case one type of communication channel goes down. Thus, strong communications “We specified the Long Range Radio can support electricity, gas and network monitoring is critical.” outcome. We water utilities, particularly in urban areas, he says, adding, “LRR is possibly unique in that it can do all As most business cases continue to rely on pre-paid didn’t care if they three efficiently, without workarounds. The proof of models, he believes that centralised back-end systems this is where we’ve deployed multi-utility networks in have to be able to support credit overflow to prevent bicycled around the USA and Canada. auto shut-off of electricity or gas meters. “Real-time getting the information on consumed energy is key for the At Scottish Power the SmartReach trials are proving provider, but it also helps consumers to better readings.” LRR’s suitability in hard to reach geographies and understand their consumption and allows them to Kenneth locations. (Sensus, Arqiva, BT and Detica are partners take the right decision, for example, on energy in the UK’s SmartReach smart metering consortium.) sources. Those opportunities, embedded in a complex Toenning , “It works in high density Glasgow apartments,” says environment and driven by smart apps, change the Vestforsyning Slater, “ in rural Lochwinnoch and to water meters in game for energy suppliers significantly. pits in Reading’. The pilot scheme in Scotland began in “They successfully bridge the gap towards a July 2012 in both areas and we have now installed connected home with in-home displays and web- nearly 5,000 meters and we are achieving a 99% first based monitoring. Finally,” says Chaganty, “they time connection rate and 99% read interval success in enable the launch of a real win-win in regards to the coverage areas. responsible usage of resources, monetisation of14 M2M Now January 2013
  15. 15. expensive smart grid infrastructure, customer-centric done. It’s going to create a swamp of data, much of itbusiness models and the freedom of choice in a useless. And it’ll just raise their communications costs.connected world.” “Are we having that conversation? Yes. The response?Data intelligence Some say they know best. Others like British Gas areThe theme of intelligent use of data came up again in ‘first movers’ and know that they can offer a betterM2M Now’s discussions with Adrian Tuck, CEO of customer experience and win more business as a result.”Colorado’s Tendril, a provider of cloud platforms for‘the Energy Internet’. Utilities, as Young points out, are at the bottom of the ‘trust league’. Smart metering is a good way toTendril has partnered with Essent NV, the largest engage with the customer base. “Today,” he says,energy company in the Netherlands serving more than “you have no relationship with your energy providertwo million households, to collaborate on a novel but smart meters can give you that.”smart energy application crowdsourcing project. Energy managementThe project uses the Tendril Connect™ cloud platform to One utility that has taken a proactive approach tolink some of Essent’s smart meter-enabled residential smart metering is Denmark’s multi-utility,customers with web and mobile application developers Vestforsyning. The company’s Kenneth Toenning toldfrom around the world. These developers use Tendril M2M Now, “We have 27,000 customers, but onlyConnect APIs (application program interfaces) to 14,000 are having the smart meter installed. Theaccess rich interval usage data from energy meters and temptation is to focus on technology, but it’s data thatcreate innovative consumer apps for the participants. gives us value.Tuck has three observations deriving from the various “So the EU tender was based on data,” he continues.start-ups he has successfully grown: first, you need open “How many meters, where, how old, how they wouldstandards; second, the software needs to be simple; be used, and the quality of reading performance.and third, the utilities are about to boom in the Internet We’re glad we did it that way, because then there’s noof Things. “Everyone else is taking the Apple-esque excuse for the three bidders not to know theapproach of beautiful displays and an app for every specification. We specified the outcome. We didn’tdevice. We have 400 companies writing apps (for Tendril care if they bicycled around getting the readings.”Connect). We’re the Android of the play,” says Tuck. Kamstrup was the successful bidder. Lars BoArjan van der Eijk, director of smart energy at Essent, Christensen, Kamstrup’s divisional director, Meteringpoints out, “For consumers, the real value of smart Systems, takes up the story. “We switched from PLCmeters comes not from the meter itself, but from because of the knowledge we gained over severalinnovative, compelling applications that use analytics years delivering RF (radio frequency communications)and other information to turn meter data into a and PLC solutions. The lifetime costs for RF are muchrelevant message and action for the consumer.” smaller and PLC systems will always be unstable.”So, M2M Now asked, do utilities understand the “We’re giving utilities more information from theopportunity and threat of Big Data? “No,” says Neill grid,” insists Christensen, “from the substation downYoung, Trilliant’s EMEA marketing director, to a single household. We’re doing this becauseunequivocally. “They’re a long way from that. There’s there’s a big change in grid usage comingno thought over whether they need a meter reading through more renewable energy, fromevery 30 minutes, because that’s what they’ve always solar panels and windmills.” TX claims ‘world’s first’ for its IPv6-enabled DECT ULE module RTX, a Danish provider of wireless communications solutions, claimed the world’s first IPv6-enabled DECT ULE wireless module at Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam in October. The RTX 1050 / 1055 module is designed for innovative, low power wireless devices and applications that aim to make the Internet of Things a reality. All devices, from fridges to fire alarms, will eventually be connected to the internet as well as to cloud services, says RTX. DECT ULE is the ‘ultra-low energy’ variant of the DECT standard, which uses the 1.9GHz band and reportedly suffers less interference than Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Zigbee that operate Jesper at 2.4GHz. It provides connectivity to the internet for battery-powered equipment or Mailind, metering applications (such as home automation, healthcare, security systems and smart president and CEO of RTX metering systems) within a 300 metre range. Jesper Mailind, president and CEO of RTX, said, “(IPv6) can and should be applied to even the smallest devices and low power devices with limited processing capabilities should be able to enter into the Internet of Things.” M2M Now January 2013 15
  16. 16. EVENT REVIEW What do customers want in a smart home? Numerous topics were covered at GridComms, a smart grid communications infrastructure event held in London, UK, in October. But, as M2M Now reports, speakers kept returning to the issue of customer confusion. Smart grids in Europe gigawatts (GW) by 2020. Currently, the UK has more In the opening session on ‘Latest advances in Smart than 5 GW of installed onshore wind capacity in Grid’ that focused on the UK and Ireland, Sam Cope, operation. One area of focus that has emerged is the senior manager for Policy Development, at Ofgem, requirement for DNOs to explore innovative technical the UK energy regulator, said “Energy networks need to and commercial solutions to enable an accelerated and be smarter. Third parties need to be involved, and low cost-efficient connection of renewable generation, such carbon energy generation must have a higher emphasis.” as onshore wind, onto the distribution electricity network.” Cope feels there’s a lack of clarity around what energy UK Power Networks has been awarded £6.7 million demand will look like in the next 10 years, but (€8.3 million) in Ofgem’s (GB’s energy regulator) Low concepts like smart grids and demand-side response Carbon Networks Fund competition, for the project (DSR) can help. Flexible Plug and Play. The project started in January 2012 and trials are planned in a 700km2 area in the Lynne McDonald, Low Carbon Project Manager within East of England, UK. This area has experienced Future Networks, at the distribution network operator increased activity in renewable generation development; (DNO), UK Power Networks, told the conference, existing generation totals 100MW, with 250MW of “The UK Renewable Energy Strategy outlines a clear renewable generation capacity at various stages of the commitment for an increase in the nation’s use of planning process looking to connect. renewable electricity, with the Government setting the Lynne McDonald, target for 30% of the UK’s electricity to be generated The project aims to connect anticipated growth in UK Power from renewable energy sources by 2020. renewable generation without the need for traditional Networks: Onshore wind a network reinforcement by, instead, managing network proven Onshore wind is an identified and proven technology constraints and maximising the network utilisation. technology that will be a leading contributor to achieve the target; The project will achieve this through the integration of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) smart devices, smart applications and smart projects that onshore wind could contribute up to 13 commercial arrangements.16 M2M Now January 2013
  17. 17. Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CW&W) and Silver through consumer broadband. By 2020 nearly 50% of “ESB expects IrishSpring Networks are also reported to be conducting all electricity in Ireland will be from renewables, thetrials with limited capacity for periods of high output. ESB man said. wind power to beThey want to boost interoperability and commonality, an offshoreso their communication systems are set up with two Matthias Grandel, head of Technology & Solutions atfibre backhaul networks. An IP-enabled RF Mesh E.ON Metering GmbH reported, “By the beginning platform fornetwork (with open standard protocol 61850) gives of 2013 Germany will, belatedly, meet thethe network a ‘self-healing’ capability. requirement to provide a CBA (cost benefit analysis of Europe.” smart grid roll-out). The legal framework in Germany - Tony Walsh,This project is also sponsored by the LCN Fund. It will has been delayed by over one and a half years. Thebe installed, tested and commissioned by March 2013, roll-out is still scheduled to be completed by 2020. The ESB Networksusing IP communications and open standards to technology is available now, but experts expect thatenhance grid communications skills, learn best 800 German utilities will start the roll-out in 2015.practice, and improve usage analysis telemetry. Forty million meters need to be replaced,” he said.ESB Networks is the licensed operator of the Technical and legal requirements are still unclear, andRepublic of Ireland’s electricity distribution system. Its E.ON is not sure if next year’s CBA will lead to aspokesman, Anthony Walsh, began trenchantly by national roll-out. “We’re talking to European utilitiessaying, “We have no interest in smart grids or to exchange knowledge, so that we can make a quicktelecoms…. except insofar that they help meet our decision on vendor technologies when the frameworkgoals of reduced CO2, reduced dependence on fossil is set. Next year is election year so who’s to say if thefuels and increased competitiveness. Smart Grids are revised target of early 2013 will be met? But we cannot an end in themselves – they are a means to an end!” look at countries like France to see if their technologies will fit in Germany,” Grandel added. Nandini“We built up a telecom network with a good fibre Basuthakur,backbone of over 2,500km on the transmission US comms infrastructure Opower: Givesystem, that’s available to other communications One of the largest active smart meter deployments in customerscompanies, and over 600, microwave radio network the USA, for Central Maine Power, is the installation meaningfuland polling radio sites. The upshot is that ESB is now by Tilson of more than 600,000 meters for CMP’s informationconsidering the feasibility of establishing a joint residential, commercial, and industrial customers, withventure company to deploy fibre to the building (FTTB) smart meters as much as 30 miles apart across hillswhose core activity will be the deployment of FTTB to and valleys. In fact, there are many challenges; indoorindividual homes or premises in urban Ireland, using meters, trees, big buildings, RF Interference, and LTEthe ESB electricity overhead and underground rolling out.infrastructure,” said Walsh. Said Chuck Gerry, director of Utilities, at Tilson (Maine),ESB prefers not to be dependent on complex “Iberdrola Energy’s territory in Maine is confronted bycommunications systems when local control would be the challenge of trees. You can’t just lay in repeaterssufficient and cheaper, and set up its first self-healing because you’d get high latency. But we’re readingnetwork circuit in Kerry, in a 470km loop that is very with over 98.5% success rate in (smart) meters now.”exposed to the elements. This has operatedsuccessfully, and a further 120 such circuits are “If we can save truck rolls from the head end, whichplanned by 2015. While each recloser has SCADA can be 30-40 miles away there’s a large cost saving.Control, in the event of a fault supply is restored by You have to pick the right solution for thepre-programmed actions without the need for local geographical area. There’s no one solution; it could becommunications. This makes the system very resilient – GPRS, mesh, point to multipoint licensed or inlicensed,and cheap. microwave, DSL, fibre, or cellular.”“We’ve also built a trial WiMAX system in Galway – Jim Meadows is director of the Smart Meter Project atit’s not a symmetric Ethernet solution, but this is Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). He said,coming. It’s also highly dependent on GPS “We’re the DNO and retail supplier for half the landsynchronisation, so we will use our own existing mass of California, 181,000 square kilometres. PG&Ecommunications system to ensure it is always has six million accounts, serving 15 million people. Wesynchronised," said Walsh. have two networks: one for electricity and one for gas. It was more cost-effective to build two networks"Line of sight is not a WiMAX requirement, but we because of different requirements, with topologiesnevertheless found coverage to be good. Moreover, as and so on.part of ESB’s internal communications system it has alevel of resilience and utility control that would not be “What did we learn from our SmartMeter™available from a commercial operator. Programme? Ensure that all customer-centric features are enabled when the meter is installed — or it"In contrast, GPRS can’t be relied on for mission becomes about the new meter!’ said Meadows.critical operations; it’s outside utility control. We needour own system as a GPRS crash would be most likely With PG&E’s smart metering, text messages are sent toto happen when there is a power outage,” he added. customers if their usage increases and is about to cross into a new billing level. They can download up to 13ESB also expects that Ireland could be an offshore months of data. If customers agree to pay a Peak rateWind platform for Europe. Wind generation supply in for their aircon from 2-7pm in the hottest part of theIreland has already reached almost 50% of night peak day, they get a cheaper rate at other times.demand in April 2010, which poses stability risks. PG&E now offers a no-questions opt-out from theDemand management will most likely be operated SmartMeter™ Programme. “There was uproar in M2M Now January 2013 17

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