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Microsoft partners with Indian state gov to develop smart cities

Technology and software giant Microsoft has partnered with South India's Telangana government to organise a Smart City Start-ups meeting in the state capital of Hyderabad. The cooperation...
GridPoint cloud-based energy management data platform

Itron chooses Microsoft Azure as platform for big data analysis

Metering giant Itron has selected Microsoft Azure software as a cloud platform for its data analysis service Itron Analytics in a bid to outsource...

CityNext – Microsoft’s smart city vision

Smart cities are the future as smart grids in our industry and complementary initiatives in other industries are taking hold and growing – and...

Laura Ipsen joins Microsoft

[img:LauraIp.thumbnail.jpg| ]Laura K. Ipsen is to join Microsoft as corporate vice president of the company’s Worldwide Public Sector organization.

In this role Ipsen will lead the sales and marketing organization serving government, public safety and national security, education, and non-privatized healthcare customers in more than 100 countries.

Ipsen was previously senior vice president and general manager of Connected Energy Networks at Cisco Systems Inc., where she also established and managed the company’s Global Policy and Government Affairs division.

Ferranti and Microsoft sign global agreement on MECOMS

[img:dirkmichiels_0.jpg|Dirk Michiels,
CEO, Ferranti]Antwerp, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- September 15, 2011 - Ferranti and Microsoft have announced a global collaboration for the company’s business support system MECOMS™, which is aimed to helping energy and utility companies cope with the changing market conditions.

MECOMS™ is based on Microsoft Dynamics AX and extends the standard ERP-functionalities with specific utility functionality and best practices.

Ferranti Computer Systems earns the Microsoft Gold Systems Management Competency

[img:FREDERIK_B.thumbnail.jpg|Frederik Baert,
Director Professional
Services ICT]August 8, 2011 - “Attaining a Gold Competency in Systems Management provides Ferranti Computer Systems with a competitive advantage and helps us offer our customers the most relevant Microsoft solutions in the market,” states Frederik Baert, Director Professional Services ICT.

Microsoft Hohm to be discontinued

[img:hohm.thumbnail.jpg| ]San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 1, 2011 - Microsoft has announced that it is to discontinue its online energy application Hohm, citing slow market adoption of the service.

Hohm will continue to operate through May 31, 2012.

In a blog post, Microsoft says that Hohm has helped demonstrate the critical role of information in helping people and organizations improve how energy is generated, distributed and ultimately consumed, and feedback from customers and partners has remained encouraging throughout its beta period. However, due to the slow overall market adoption of the service, the company is instead focusing its efforts on products and solutions more capable of supporting long standing growth within this evolving market.

Toyota and Microsoft to partner on next generation telematics for electric...

[img:Akio_0.jpg|Akio Toyoda,
President,
Toyota]Toyota City, Japan and Redmond, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 8, 2011 - Toyota and Microsoft have formed a partnership to build a global platform for the motor company’s next generation telematics services for deployment in electric vehicles using the Windows Azure platform.

As part of the partnership, the two companies plan to participate in a 1 billion yen (approximately $12 million) investment in Toyota Media Service Co., a Toyota subsidiary that offers digital information services to the company’s automotive customers.

Telvent and Microsoft to collaborate on smart grid solutions

[img:ignaciogonzalezdominguez.thumbnail.jpg|Ignacio Gonzalez,
CEO, Telvent]Madrid, Spain --- (METERING.COM) --- November 18, 2010 - Telvent and Microsoft have announced a collaboration on smart grid solutions leveraging key aspects of their respective technologies.

This collaboration will allow Telvent greater access to Microsoft technology and resources to address the most issues such as performance metrics, response times and security. Telvent will also incorporate more of Microsoft’s Smart Energy Reference Architecture (SERA) and cloud computing platform.

Microsoft launches first energy device for Hohm

[img:troy.thumbnail.gif|Troy Batterberry,
General Manager,
Microsoft Hohm]Redmond, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 28, 2010 - Microsoft has announced the first device partner for its Hohm home energy management dashboard with the Canadian energy monitoring product provider Blue Line Innovations.

The Hohm compatible device comprises a Wi-Fi gateway and sensor that connects to Blue Line’s PowerCost monitor and wirelessly uploads the real time energy use from the meter to the user’s Hohm profile, where it can be viewed graphically.

Microsoft Hohm to be integrated in Ford electric vehicles

Ford Motor Co. and Microsoft Corp. are teaming up to implement the Microsoft Hohm internet-based energy management application for Ford’s electric vehicles.

Ford is the first automaker announcing the use of Hohm, starting with the Focus Electric next year. Hohm will help owners determine when and how to most efficiently and affordably recharge electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EV, PHEV). It also should help utility companies manage the added demands of electric vehicles on the electrical grid.

Microsoft Hohm scores 60 million homes in U.S.

[img:troy.thumbnail.gif|Troy Batterberry,
Product Unit Manager,
Microsoft Hohm]Redmond, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 28, 2010 - Microsoft’s online home energy management tool, Hohm, offers users the new feature of an estimate of their home's energy efficiency.

Using advanced analytics licensed from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and statistical data from the Department of Energy, Hohm scores estimating a home’s energy efficiency have been calculated for homes across the United States. Users are then able to compare their score with others and, as Microsoft put it in a statement, “answer one simple question: ‘Am I an energy hog or an energy miser?’”

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