Global Navigation Satellite System Module
Telit Wireless Solutions, a global enabler of the Internet of the Things (IoT), released a new global navigation satellite system (GNSS) module, the SE868-V3. This positioning module combines GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo and SBAS which enables the creation of high-performance position reporting and navigation solutions. The SE868-V3 can navigate to -162 dBm and track to -166 dBm, thereby providing improved performance in harsh environments. It is pin-to-pin compatible with the former SE868-V2 as well as the JF2. This advanced GNSS module can track GPS and Glonass or GPS and Beidou constellations simultaneously and it is Galileo ready. In addition, the SE868-V3 supports ephemeris file injection (A-GPS) as well as Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) to increase position accuracy. Its onboard software engine is able to locally predict short-term ephemeris starting from data broadcast by GNSS satellites received by the module and stored in the internal flash memory.
Telit Wireless Solutions
RF Network for Gas, Water and Electric Utilities
Aclara, a supplier of smart infrastructure technologies to utilities, introduces the Synergizeà¢â€ž- network solution for gas, water and electric. The Synergize RF electric network builds on the STAR RF protocol and point-to-multipoint architecture for gas and water utilities. The network operates on the FCC part 90, 450-470 MHz band, providing 6 dB better range than 900 MHz systems. It delivers higher efficiency and lower costs to the utility. In addition to offering a complete RF network, the Synergize network brings together all the elements of Aclara’s comprehensive network product offerings, including its Metrum Cellular LTE and its TWACS power-line communications solutions. All of these communications technologies are controlled through Aclara’s iiDEAS single headend platform. Aclara’s headend software provides analysis and control, making AMI data easily accessible and actionable. It samples, stores and correlates data from many sources to deliver valuable insights that influence demand, service quality and performance, and improves customer satisfaction.
Smart Customer Mobile
Smart Customer Mobile (SCM®) is the only real-time, utility customer web and mobile platform that provides true value to utilities and energy companies for their present and future smart grid investments while contributing to a healthier, happier planet. SCM addresses the needs of both the consumer and the utility by empowering citizens to change usage behaviors and saves the utility overhead costs and inefficiencies of traditional phone, paper mail and reactive customer service procedures.
SCM provides the utility and customer with unique bill engagement services across the web and mobile platform. It offers highly personalized self service that empowers customers to take actions and improves their experience.
Smart Customer Mobile
Street Light Management Program
Silver Spring Networks Inc. announced Streetlight.Vision 6 (SLV6), its new street light and smart city control and management platform. With more than 100 new features, SLV6 provides cities, utilities and energy services companies with a comprehensive platform to support their smart city needs and create more value from their existing street light networks. Silver Spring also opened access to its smart city developer program and App store, which allows software developers and device manufacturers to build new smart city applications and devices for the SLV6 platform, accelerating innovation for customers and providing partners with new routes to market and revenue opportunities. Silver Spring delivers SLV control software for smart city and smart lighting networks in more than 500 cities in 16 countries. As public lighting can consume as much as 40 percent of a municipality’s energy budget, cities across the globe are looking to remotely manage their lighting networks to lower energy consumption, improve lighting reliability and public safety, and establish a smart city platform upon which future applications can be deployed.
Silver Spring Networks Inc.
Hydraulic Puller for Underground Applications
The ARS607 hydraulic puller from Condux Tesmec is ideal for a wide range of underground pulling applications including power transmission and distribution cable installation. With over 10 tons of pulling force, the ARS607 offers industry-leading features like a negative self-acting hydraulic brake, an integrated hydraulic dynamometer, a hydraulic cooling system, advanced user controls and more. A standard electronic pull and speed monitor and recorder kit is integrated into the control panel, providing users real time data on pulling operations. Bull-wheel grooves on the ARS607 are made from heat-treated steel. The Condux Tesmec line of hydraulic pullers, tensioners, puller-tensioners and stringing blocks represents some of the safest and most reliable equipment in the power transmission and distribution industry.
Solar PV and Thermal Energy Storage Solution
Ice Energy, a leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, announced the launch of Solar + Ice which bundles Ice Bear thermal energy storage with rooftop solar PV to deliver the greenest and most cost-effective solar-plus-storage solution for utilities. The company’s Solar + Ice bundle is available to utilities through long-term power purchase agreements (PPA) that guarantee performance. Ice Energy is partnering with leading solar companies including NRG Energy. The Ice Bear used in the Solar + Ice bundle is a behind-the-meter system that attaches to one or more standard 5-20 ton commercial AC units. The Ice Bear freezes water when demand for power is low. Then when the utility desires the capacity, stored ice is dispatched to provide cooling instead of power-intensive AC compressors. Each system is networked and aggregated for dispatch as an entire fleet or as any subset.
Tracking Solution for Portable Assets
Trimble announced the launch of Trimble® Asset Tracking, a flexible solution that offers complete visibility into the location and utilization of portable assets from a convenient portal. An enhancement to its fleet management portfolio, Trimble Asset Tracking enables field service organizations operating high-value portable assets, such as generators, pumps or trailers that are towed behind a service vehicle, to better manage asset performance and costs to increase efficiencies and improve operations. Trimble Asset Tracking is designed to be convenient, easy to use and simple to set up. Key features include: map view of the location and status of the towed, powered and non-powered assets; integration with Trimble Fleet Management to view vehicles alongside the assets within one interface; high-level utilization reports for an individual or group of assets from across multiple locations; rugged hardware with simple installation; long-life battery that can send location alerts for up to three months on a single charge; and, real-time alerts if a unit changes location, has been disconnected and wakes on motion for instant location reporting. Trimble Asset Tracking enables businesses in industries from construction to utilities to streamline their workflow in the field by ensuring that assets are in the right place and can be found instantly when needed.