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Cloud software could increase building efficiency, save millions of dollars

| October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

First published in Communications Day A pilot program conducted at Microsoft’s Seattle campus has shown that intelligent building solutions using cloud-based software can be achieved with 10% of a building’s annual energy expenditure, offering a ROI period of 18 months. The program was implemented in 13 of Microsoft’s 118 buildings on its campus, and carried […]

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ITU calls for ICT GHG emissions measurement methodology by year-end

| September 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

An ITU meeting in Rome is calling for the establishment of international standards for GHG measurement by the end of this year. The first ever ITU Green Standards Week, head in early September, held a particular emphasis on a globalised methodology for assessing the environmental impact of ICTs globally. “ITU has been working with industry […]

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Calculating Gmail’s energy, environmental savings

| September 9, 2011 | 0 Comments
Calculating Gmail’s energy, environmental savings

Google has released the energy and environmental performance figures for its Gmail service in a bid to entice businesses to take on the cloud-based email platform. According to Google, when compared to on-site email server installations, Gmail now offers significant energy, thus carbon, savings. “We compared Gmail to the traditional enterprise email solutions it’s replaced […]

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Cisco exits home energy device market, still in smart grids

| August 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Cisco Systems will transition its focus from energy management devices to using the network as the platform for supporting smart grid applications. In a blog post, Laura Ipsen, the general manager of the company’s smart grid business says that “for energy management in the home, we will transition our focus from creating premise energy management […]

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Cisco making headway with Smart+Connected Communities in China – Ovum

| August 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Several Chinese city mayors have contacted Cisco regarding potential partnerships for its Smart+Connected Communities solutions, according to analyst firm, Ovum. First unveiled in China a year ago, Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities concept aims to leverage intelligent network solutions to develop safer and more sustainable cities, according to Jane Wang, senior analyst at Ovum. “The scale and […]

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Intel Labs invests US$30m in cloud and embedded computing future

| August 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Intel Labs has announced two new Intel Science and Technology Centres (ISTC) hosted at Carnegie Mellon University focused on cloud and embedded computing research. According to Intel, the centres represent the next $30 million instalment of Intel’s recently announced 5-year, $100 million ISTC program to increase university research and accelerate innovation in a handful of […]

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C&W Worldwide and Silver Spring Networks in smart grid, smart metres pact

| August 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Cable&Wireless Worldwide has entered in an agreement with Silver Spring Networks to work on rolling out smart grid and smart meters in the UK. The pact includes the development of the communications fabric, including IPv6, to support smart grid and smart meters. According to the operators, the network will be upgradable in the future and […]

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GM, OnStar to trial smart grid for electric vehicles

| July 25, 2011 | 0 Comments
GM, OnStar to trial smart grid for electric vehicles

GM and telematics service provider, OnStar, will launch a smart grid application trial that will give utilities insight into the real world demand parameters of electric vehicles. The trial will involve “hundreds of employees of regional utilities,” who will drive leased Chevrolet Volts as their everyday vehicles during the third quarter. Based on OnStar’s Advanced […]

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China Netcom founder Edward Tien’s new venture – Cloud Valley

| July 25, 2011 | 2 Comments

Originally published in CommsDay International Cloud Valley, the latest venture from Edward Suning Tien, the founder of AsiaInfo and China Netcom, is nothing less than a complete cloud computing ecosystem located in the southeast part of Beijing. According to Charles Mok, the founder of Hong Kong affiliate Cloud Valley Networks (HK) Ltd., Cloud Valley will […]

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Polycom releases RealPresence Ready for SMEs

| July 19, 2011 | 0 Comments
Polycom releases RealPresence Ready for SMEs

Polycom has released what it calls a “comprehensive video solution” for small and medium businesses. The package, named Polycom RealPresence Ready, consists of two Polycom HDX 6000 room systems, one Polycom HDX 7000 system, and five Polycom Telepresence m100 software licenses. According to Polycom, the new solution now “delivers high-quality, reliable and secure conversations with […]

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