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Report details growing deployment of smart meters

U.S. electric companies have installed 98 million smart meters through the end of 2019, according to a new report from the Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI). The report – Electric Company Smart Meter Deployments: Foundation for a Smart Grid — projects that the number of installed smart meters will rise to 107 million by the end of 2020…

As the electric power industry continues its transition to a cleaner energy future, modernizing the energy grid remains at the forefront of the industry’s priorities. Smart meters are foundational for two-way communication and data exchange between electric companies and their customers.

IEI Executive Director Lisa Wood

Thai Bank Launches App For Instant Cross-Border Payments Powered By Ripple

Thailand’s oldest bank Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) has partnered with Ripple to create a mobile application powered by blockchain to deliver instant, low-cost cross-border payments. Per a Jan. 8 blog post from Ripple, the app — known as SCB Easy —  was demoed in December during Ripple’s annual customer event, Swell. The demo reportedly…

It is so difficult to send and receive money today. People must physically go to a bank branch, fill out long and complicated forms and wait for payments to be received—with no transparency. With our service, their loved ones from abroad can transfer payment and receive money immediately.

SCB’s senior vice president of commercial banking, Arthit Sriumporn

Africa can play a leading role in the fight against climate change

At the end of this year, world leaders are expected to come forward with updated, more ambitious national climate plans under the Paris Agreement. Though buried deep within the legalese of the Paris Agreement, this point of the process is both a critical test and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Research from the New Climate Economy…

2020 will be a key year (and decade) for electric vehicles

You only have to look at the annual tech ritual that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — which kicked off in Vegas this weekend amid a blur of oversized TVs, 5G phones and foldable tablets — to see how important electric vehicles will be in 2020.  Many of the big and small automakers that sell passenger vehicles will be showing off their newest…

Using Blockchain To Eliminate Social Media Challenges

Social media platforms have simplified ways to interact beyond geographical boundaries and created new modes of communication and business. There are a lot of privileges we are enjoying with the advent of social media. But along with the amazing convenience offered by social media, there is also an associated risk to the privacy of the users…

Asia’s ticking solar time bomb: Without recycling laws, the region could drown in hazardous waste by 2030

Solar power capacity is skyrocketing in Asia but without laws to ensure that decommissioned panels are recycled, the continent risks drowning in hazardous waste as early as 2030. Solar power is expanding faster in Asia than anywhere else in the world, but no country in the region has adequate panel recycling laws, according to researchers behind a…

Solar systems usually last for 25 years or more. Large-scale usage started in the early 21st century in Asia, except for Japan, which started solar deployment a decade earlier. With some of the panels installed earlier reaching the end of their lifetime, governments must now make companies liable for recycling solar panel waste to avoid environmental harm.

Prof. Dr Tiong Sieh Kiong, director at the Institute of Sustainable Energy of the Energy University (UNITEN) Malaysia

It’s Time to Rethink Distributed Ledger Technologies for IoT

Until recently, data governance was often a theoretical-sounding concept, but that’s beginning to change. Myriad data breaches and ransomware—in addition to data privacy regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act—demand new approaches to data governance to restore public trust…

With the proliferation of data driven by investments in IoT and AI, the next big conversation is around data trust and ownership. 

Jason Shepherd, vice president, ecosystem at Zededa

Four accelerators for capturing value using the Artificial Intelligence of Things

Read Twitter, LinkedIn and any number of IoT-related websites and you’ll find a lively dialogue about the value of the internet of things (IoT). But lately, the conversation has turned to how companies can more quickly and effectively gain and exploit insights from IoT initiatives. The combination of IoT and AI provides a pathway for…

Australia’s blockchain roadmap coming soon

The Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science believes that blockchain is a promising application in agriculture and food manufacturing in Australia, touting its benefits in providing transparency and authentication of supply chains. The department said the use of blockchain in food provenance and traceability could improve food safety…

The safety, quality, taste, and well-regulated production of Australian-branded agricultural and food goods — which make them popular and high-value commodities in foreign markets — make the Australian brand an attractive target for counterfeiting.

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