Vodafone loses out as O2 closes in on £1.5B UK smart meter deal

first_img Telefonica has been chosen as the preferred communications service provider for smart meters in two out of three UK regions, according to the UK government.The value of the Telefonica deal is £1.5 billion over 15 years to supply mobile connectivity to smart meters in central and southern parts of the country, although the agreement is subject to the contracts being agreed.Arqiva is the preferred bidder in the north of the UK, a contract which is worth £625 million over 15 years. Both potential contracts were announced by the country’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).Vodafone lost out in the bid. It told the Guardian it was “disappointed”. It is unclear if rivals EE and 3 UK were also among the unsuccessful bidders.The potential scale of this contract gives an idea of what might be coming in other energy markets around the world. It also demonstrates what the much talked-about smart meter market might offer mobile operators.Smart meters are intended to promote energy efficiency by providing real-time pricing information to gas and electricity consumers, as well as removing the need for the energy utilities to send out employees to consumers’ premises for meter reading.The UK government is obliging the UK energy sector to install smart meters. The idea is to install 53 million new meters across the country between 2015 and 2020. However, the process has already been subject to delay.The government aims to finalise contracts in early September.Telefonica said its proposed smart meter-reading service will be based on its existing mobile network in the UK, as well as the use of mesh networks in areas without cellular coverage.The UK government also announced that Capita is the preferred bidder to manage the data and communications services for the UK’s smart metering deployment. CGI is in line for the data side of the contract. And a firm called Gemserv may get the contract to maintain and update a smart metering code that defines the technology.Smart metering has been used elsewhere in Europe but not on a widespread basis. There have been introductions in Nordic countries using GPRS for meter reading in rural areas where it is more efficiently for utilities than  physically sending out an employee to read a meter.But supporters of smart meters are more ambitious. They want the technology to revolutionise the energy market by making it more interactive between energy provider and consumer. Home Vodafone loses out as O2 closes in on £1.5B UK smart meter deal Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 AUG 2013 Previous ArticleVerizon holds fire on Canadian acquisitionsNext ArticleMobile growth drives Lenovo in Q1; exceeds PC sales Luz verde a la fusión entre Telefónica y Liberty Global en el Reino Unido Tags Relatedcenter_img Telefónica refuerza la seguridad de las cadenas de bloques Español Author Richard Handford Telefonica bolsters blockchain security Telefonicalast_img read more

Barry Bonds to Pay College Costs for Kids of Beaten Baseball Fan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBaseball great Barry Bonds has quietly pledged to pay the college costs for two children whose father was attacked on opening day of the baseball season outside LA’s Dodgers stadium.“It was extraordinary of Barry Bonds, I thought. He didn’t say anything about it to the press. This was just a gift he gave the family.” The 42-year-old San Francisco Giants fan was hospitalized in April but remains under heavy sedation to prevent seizures caused by the traumatic brain injury.Bonds is not the only member of the Giant organization who has reached out to the single father and his two small children. Several members of the current team have visited the man’s family and donated to a fund created to help cover medical expenses.(READ the article at NBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

DOE/NNSA: Los Alamos Field Office Approves Climate, Atmospheric Data Collection Project

first_imgDOE/NNSA News:The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office (DOE/NNSA) has issued a categorical exclusion for the Tracking Aerosol Convection Interactions Experiment (TRACER) Project. The project is a collaboration between the DOE Office of Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Southern Great Plains Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Research Facility, and the University of Houston. Temporary, mobile facilities will be deployed for one-year at three previously disturbed sites in Harris, Brazoria and Fort Bend counties in Texas. The mobile facilities will collect data required to improve computer model capabilities to predict worldwide climatic and atmospheric conditions.  The categorical exclusion can be accessed online at https://www.energy.gov/nepa/downloads/cx-270533-tracking-aerosol-convection-interactions-experiment-tracer.last_img read more

Four Kirkcudbright Academy Pupils Took Part In Rotary Youth Leadership Award

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a scheme which takes small groups of teenagers and challenges them to face their fears, maybe of heights, water, meeting new people or simply being outdoors in the cold and wet. With support and encouragement from professional instructors the groups face a series of challenges, negotiating a high ropes course, rock climbing, mountain walking, gorge climbing, canoeing and raft building.RYLA courses take place all across the world and is regarded as key part of the Youth Programme offered by Rotary International. Here in our District of Southern Scotland RYLA takes place at Abernethy Ardeonaig, in the dramatic setting of the south shore of Loch Tay at the foot of Ben Lawers, in Perthshire. An important part of RYLA is that it is fully sponsored by the Rotary Club who select individuals to take part.This year Kirkcudbright Rotary sponsored four students, recommended by Kirkcudbright Academy, two girls Shannon and Anna, two boys Connor and Finlay. In the nearly three months between selection and going, there were admitted doubts but all stuck the course and on meeting them all were excited about RYLA, had had a great week and made many new friends. One comment “It did you said it would”. But one last hurdle remained to be jumped, to visit a Kirkcudbright Rotary meeting and present their experiences of RYLA to Club members.On Tuesday 7th August 3 of the RYLA group joined us for a meal and were the after-dinner speakers. Each described different stages of their RYLA week and how they felt it may have changed them. All gave their talk in a calm, relaxed and self assured way that impressed Club members, one was heard to say “RYLA is worth every penny!” We were joined by James Gibbons, RYLA Coordinator and his wife Katrina, who is lead mentor for the girls. President Gordon presented each RYLArian with their award certificate.last_img read more

Marion Hall, f.k.a. Lady Saw, performs at the White House

first_imgA look at some of the top stories making the news today, June 22nd, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Here’s a look at our top stories.The Jamaica Diaspora Summit and the Caribbean American Heritage Month Committee will hold a weekend symposium at the Embassy Suites in Orlando. Highlighted during the Summit will be the impact of the Jamaican Diaspora in Media, Civil Rights, Politics, and Government Service.The Caribbean diaspora is taking advantage of the new mobile passport app which is expanding into the U.S. Travelers in and out of the Caribbean can now skip the line and use the express lane for free by simply setting up a profile and re-using information for future trips.Jamaican dancehall artiste, Lady Saw, now known as Marion Hall, announced on her Facebook account that she has been putout a list of musicians to perform at the White House this Friday, June 24. The event is in part of the 3rd annual Caribbean & African International Leadership Conference set to end June 24.In Sports, in the CASA Super League, Albion Plantation battled and won against the Fort Lauderdale Blazers this weekend with a score of 4 to 3 after penalty kicks. Albion Plantation will play against the Lauderhill Lions this Saturday in the tournament finals match at the Lauderhill Sports Park starting at 8:40 pm.Here’s a look at what’s Trending:Shane Tomlinson, singer of Jamaican parentage, has been identified as one of the 49 people murdered in the Pulse night club shooting. Tomlinson was the front-man for the Orlando based band, ‘Frequency’. Tomlinson was born in the U. S and was the youngest of two children.For Today’s Weather Forecast:Isolated thunderstorms in Broward County with a high of 88 and a low of 77. Partly cloudy in Miami-Dade, with a high of 88 and a low of 78.For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.last_img read more

Angry Hassan completes unique double

first_imgDOHA, (Reuters) – Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands completed a unique double when she dominated the race to win the 1,500 metres at the world athletics championship yesterday, adding to the 10,000 metres title she won earlier in the competition. In doing so, she became the first athlete, male or female, to win the two events at a single Olympic Games or world championships.Hassan, who moved to the Netherlands after leaving Ethiopia as a refugee when she was 15, took over the lead at the end of the first lap and never looked back as she broke the championship record with a time of three minutes 51.95 seconds.Titleholder Faith Kipyegon of Kenya finished more than two seconds behind in second, despite setting a Kenyan record of 3:54.22, and Ethiopia’s Guday Tsegay took the bronze. Hassan gave an emotional interview after the race during which she said she was angry at being linked to the doping scandal involving Alberto Salazar, head coach of the Nike Oregon Project (NOP) where she trains.“It’s a very hard week for me, I was so just angry and I could not talk to anyone. I just ran all out. That hard work can’t be beaten by anything,” she told the BBC.“It’s what makes me angry, I have been clean all my life. I work hard, I’m not an emotional person but it makes me so mad.” Salazar was banned for four years by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday for “orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct”.Salazar has denied wrongdoing and vowed to appeal while Nike has said it will stand by the coach. There has been no suggestion of any wrongdoing by Hassan but she has faced constant questioning about her connections with him since the decision was announced. After taking the lead, the 26-year-old Hassan led the field around two laps, then charged away over the last 400 metres and left the others in her wake.Britain’s Lara Muir was second at the bell but was overhauled by Kipyegon and Tsegay around the final bend. Kipyegon, also the Olympic champion, has returned to running after giving birth to a daughter last year. The remarkably versatile Hassan also broke the world mile record this year, won world championship bronze over 1,500 metres in 2015 and 5,000 metres two years ago.“I’ve been working hard at 1,500 this year,” Hassan said. “It looked this was easy for me but it took so much hard work.”last_img read more

Black Stars eager to stun Swaziland

first_imgBlack Stars defender John Paintsil has told JOY Sports the team is committed to securing victory over Swaziland on Friday to ensure qualification to a fourth consecutive Africa Cup of Nations appearance next year.The team has been in camp since Monday preparing for the continental assignment and it is likely Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew and Prince Tagoe will be handed starting roles.21-year-old Daniel Opare, who is based in Belgium, is winning the contest to become the team’s preferred left back despite being a right footed player and he is set for a start alongside John Paintsil who will start on the right with Isaac Vorsah and Jonathan Mensah partnering in central defense.John Paintsil, who plays for English side Leicester City, told JOY Sports, “The mood has been fantastic since we joined the camp. We all know how tough and difficult this game is going to be because every country that plays against Ghana plays extraordinarily.”He added that, “Each and every one knows in the team that it is a must win game that we are going for. We have to win the game handsomely so that our last game against Sudan would be much easier for us.”Goalkeeper Richard Kingston will captain the team in the absence of John Mensah who is still recovering from an injury.last_img read more