British Gas equips smart meter engineers with new mobile devices

By Metering International British Gas is updating the mobile devices of field workers in a bid to meet the smart meter deployment targets by 2020. The energy supplier, one of the UK’s big six, will dispatch the new Dell Latitude tablets running Windows 8 to 1,2000 engineers working on the installation of smart gas and electricity meters. The existing shock- and water-resistant tablets lacked the features to draw on customer information rapidly, while the Dell … Continue reading

Global spending on AMI market to increase to US$28bn by 2018

By Metering International The Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) market is estimated to grow from US$15.89 billion from 2013 to US$28.45 billion by 2018, according to research company Micromarket Monitor. The research sees the North American AMI market as one of the emerging markets with growth estimated from US$5.16 billion in 2013 to US$8.99 billion by 2018. The governing bodies in North America are making aggressive plans for the smart grid investments and for this, the … Continue reading

Novel Magnetic Technology Enhances Bioseparations

Couples nearly any biomolecule to paramagnetic beads Abingdon, UK & Lake Forest CA, USA  –  AMSBIO announces MagSi-Direct, a revolutionary technology that brings the power, simplicity, and convenience of magnetic separation to researchers involved in cell biology, protein chemistry, flow cytometry, diagnostics development and many other fields. MagSi-Direct provides a convenient and efficient way to attach virtually any biomolecule to nanoscopic paramagnetic beads. It is particularly suited for exploiting interactions between a biomolecule and its … Continue reading

Optimized Sensor Selection for Control and Fault Tolerance of Electromagnetic Suspension Systems

By ISA Transactions This post is an excerpt from the journal ISA Transactions. All ISA Transactions articles are free to ISA members, or can be purchased from Elsevier Press. Abstract:This paper presents a systematic design framework for selecting the sensors in an optimized manner, simultaneously satisfying a set of given complex system control requirements, i.e. optimum and robust performance as well as fault tolerant control for high integrity systems. It is worth noting that optimum … Continue reading

In depth: Meters, tariffs and investment in Brazil

By Metering International Distribution In an interview with Bruno Kleinau, Energy Metering Planner and Controller for Celpe (Companhia Energetica de Pernambuco), one of Brazil’s distribution companies, he tells MI: “Brazil is very dependent on hydroelectric plants, which in turn are depend on rain to keep the reservoirs at the right levels. Currently we are going through a period where the reservoirs are at their lowest levels and we are using thermal power plants, hence energy … Continue reading

Deal watch: Itron finds partner in New Zealand water utilities sector

By Metering International US meter manufacturer Itron is gaining a foothold in the New Zealand water utility sector through a partnership deal with New Zealand field meter data company DataCol. DataCol will distribute Itron’s technology solutions within New Zealand. Under the partnership, DataCol will also provide technologies and services that complement Itron’s technology portfolio to provide utilities with a complete solution to reduce their non-revenue water, improve their financial performance, enhance their customer services and … Continue reading

Deal watch: Cyan and El Sewedy partner to grow into India

By Metering International UK’s Cyan Holdings, which delivers mesh-based flexible wireless solutions for utility smart metering and smart lighting control, has signed a development, marketing and deployment agreement with Egyptian smart meter specialist El Sewedy to target both the Indian market and elsewhere. El Sewedy and Cyan will tender for a number of smart metering projects in India and other markets with CyLec, Cyan’s smart metering technology, to be integrated with El Sewedy’s single-phase smart … Continue reading

Hedgehog is a Flexible Flow Meter Platform

Ideal for OEM Product Development Sherbourne, UK  –  Titan Enterprises announces the Hedgehog, an electronic development platform for OEM applications based upon the company’s innovative Atrato ultrasonic flow meter. The Hedgehog instrument has the capability of running up to 4 flow sensors simultaneously with real time analysis. The software interface permits a wide operating envelope allowing OEM products to be developed for 0.5 to 20 mm pipes including in-line and clamp-on devices. … Continue reading

Why Do You Have to Calibrate Smart Instrumentation?

By guest blogging for ISA This guest post is authored by Roy Tomalino, professional services specialist at Beamex. Click this link to register for a free July 31 ISA co-hosted webinar on smart instrumentation calibration. Process measurements are critical with respect to product quality and safety. Verifying/calibrating all instruments properly in a timely manner is an important aspect of ensuring that your product is manufactured correctly. I have seen instruments drift because of their natural … Continue reading