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The idea is to offer utility companies a single integrated system for deploying and monitoring their metering ‘estate’ – both the comms and the metering infrastructure.
This should reduce the overall operational cost and provide a better long-term framework for managing the smart metering network as it grows, has overlapping technologies and just gets more complex.
Telefonica claims the main benefits of its Connected Metering Platform are reduced operating costs, service level improvement, compliance with security policies, and the ability to adapt to utilities’ operations and business processes.
The big one though, might be what Telefonica describes as “independence from meter and communications hardware vendors”.
This recognises that the platform can become a neutral integration point, not just to different vendors’ back-end systems (for grid operations, billing, big data analysis) but also a flexible platform for integrating different access technologies such as cell, WiFi and, in the future perhaps, M2M specialist networks such as those exploiting white space spectrum.
Source: Telecom TV
The hit Kickstarter product hopes to popularize “the Internet of things” with thoughtful product design.
A year ago, two MIT Media Lab graduates raised half a million dollars on Kickstarter to create Twine, a cigarette-pack-sized chunk of Internet magic that promised to turn any object in your home into a web-connected, interactive “smart product.” Want your basement pipes to send you a text message when they’re in danger of freezing up, or your garage door to ping you if you forget to close it? No problem: With Twine, building your own personal “Internet of things” is supposed to be easier than programming a VCR. And now that the product is available for purchase, it looks like creators John Kestner and David Carr have very nearly delivered on that ambitious promise.
Twine is packed with sensors that detect temperature, moisture, and position, but it’s as light, small, and unassuming as a pack of gum. “It’s just a solid chunk of connectivity,” Kestner says. “We settled on elastomer [for the outer case]–it feels great to the touch, and reads as durable, friendly, and decidedly non-electronic.”
Once your Twine is set up, the dashboard in your Web browser invites you to set up “rules” (which are actually simple programs) for telling it what to do.
Twine’s real genius: its complete non-jetpackiness. It doesn’t look or feel futuristic. Which makes it so much easier to imagine its capabilities–which are undeniably futuristic–actually becoming the new normal.
Wireless hand warmers
Focused on the motorcycling and skiing markets the BEARtek gloves (Bluetooth Enabled Audio Regulation Technology) offer built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR controls for your smartphone so that you don’t have to fumble around when out on the slopes or open road to get to your phone.
We wear gloves to protect us. We listen to music to entertain us. If we want to do both, then we have a problem
The gloves use your thumb as a controller to activate the 6 custom touch pads positioned along the outside edges of your fingers. Each pad is set to manage a custom setting like controlling a volume level, skipping a song in your playlist, or to answer or drop a call on your headset.
The gloves will pair with most Android and iOS devices and will run you $150 and up depending on your sport of choice. Check out the video below to see the gloves in action, or visit Beartekgloves.com for more details.