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Guide to IoT solution development

IoT Analytics published a report on how companies should build Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

Based on analysis from several projects, the report advises a structured framework of five phases and useful examples of analyzed projects.

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Internet of things state of union

A great report has just been published by venture capital company Wing about the global panorama of Internet of Things startup companies and adoption by their target consumers.

The report is based on the analysis of 2,000+ deals, the context around the creation and exit activities, and interviews to IoT pioneers.

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How to create value from solar energy

In a recent article on solar energy, McKinsey put together an overview of solar power worldwide installations as well a fine tutorial on some of the key success factors behind large scale deployment.

The same article also suggests an obvious business model based on two different entities, a developer company strong on cash for operations and a holding company with strong debt and stable yield.

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Intel enters the smart buildings market

For years now, one's been talking about the internet of things (IOT) for the built environment. The only problem is that the world of commercial real estate runs on decidedly last-generation technology.

There’s nothing like the equivalent of the ubiquitous home or office Wi-Fi router to connect it all.

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How to implement change in a traditional energy company

The obstacles plaguing both renewables and traditional utility companies today typically come in two distinct forms — technology transitions and major industry shifts — both with the end goal of better serving and connecting with customers.

Though both obstacles have their own unique challenges, the strategies to implementing and scaling change efforts to overcome each issue are largely the same.

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The world is changing… and so is energy

One of the major concerns of governments worldwide is to guarantee the availability of energy supply, even if energy is an ubiquitous commodity at the distance of a click. So is sustainability, as the COP21 conference committed to a faster decarbonization.

The introduction of renewable sources in the countries energy mix prompted for relevant premium prices in power purchase agreements, namely for wind and photovoltaic parks. As expected, the technology evolution brought the wind energy overall costs (also known as LCOE or Levelized Cost Of Energy) to similar values of those of gas, coal or nuclear, allowing it to position as a competitive source of energy, wind allows it. On the same direction, photovoltaic electricity generation is also becoming affordable with an important twist: its price and scalability allow for consumers to produce their own energy. Add a storage battery and everyone gets its own electricity 24/7.

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The rise of electric cars… and consequences on oil price

Plug-in cars make up just one-tenth of 1 percent of the global car market today. They’re a rarity on the streets of most countries and still cost significantly more than similar gasoline burners.

Last year EV sales grew by about 60 percent worldwide but, in the next few years, Tesla, Chevy, and Nissan plan to start selling long-range electric cars in the $30,000 range.

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The internet of… services?

Despite all the fuzz behind the dumb devices getting chips and sensors to become smarter gadgets, or the Internet of Things, the Internet of Everything, and so on, the consumer market hasn't really picked up as predicted in several market trends and reports.

In this interview, Sokwoo Rhee, associate director of the Cyber-Physical Systems Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, suggests that the value for consumers might be in the services supplied with the whole solution and not just in the devices alone.

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IOT and utilities: an opportunity to differentiate

According to analyst firm Gartner, the number of internet-connected devices in the home will almost double each year up to 2018, by which time there will be almost 1.1 billion devices.
There is a huge opportunity for utilities to ride this IoT wave and deliver smart home technology and services to consumers.
While smart home technology has evolved rapidly over the past few years, there are still too many barriers to its wide-scale adoption, especially to interoperability and integration among different suppliers. This represents one of the opportunities for service providers and utilities: to provide a single hub and app, linking disparate connected home technologies together.

Source: Internet of things a smart opportunity for energy companies

Google introduces Project Sunroof

Does it make sense to install solar panels on your roof?

You probably have no idea. But as of today, Google knows.

The colorful and recently alphabetized search monstrosity has launched a new tool called Project Sunroof. It will use data you may not have realized that Google even had to tell you how much money you can save by turning your roof into a photon harvester.

Using Google’s mapping and computing resources, Project Sunroof offers users personalized roof analyses to help them calculate the best solar plan based on their individual roofs and locations. Once supplied with a user’s address, the site provides user-specific data on the amount of usable sunlight that hits the roof per year, which parts of the house receive the most sunlight, the amount of space available on the home for solar panels, and the amount of money that could be saved by switching to solar.

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Project Sunroof

Google Introduces Project Sunroof

Google’s Project Sunroof makes installing solar easier

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