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Loading... A new report from Pike Research forecasts that 276 million smart grid communications nodes will be shipped worldwide from 2010 to 2016, with annual shipments increasing dramatically from 15 million in 2009 to 55 million by 2016... this will represent a total industry investment of $20.3 billion during the seven-year forecast period, with annual revenues increasing from $1.8 billion in 2009 to $3.1 billion by 2016..."

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The top 5 fastest-growing public companies in Mass.

No. 1: Ambient Corp. Revenue at smart grid equipment maker Ambient (Nasdaq: AMBT) grew 2,740.69 percent from 2009 to 2011, making it the fastest-growing public company in Massachusetts. Pictured: CEO John J. Joyce. The top 5 fastest-growing public companies in Mass.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Ambient Smart Grid Communications Platform Helps Reduce Cost of Utility Outages Integration of Ambient's Network Management System (NMS) speeds up outage resolution to serve utility customers better

Ambient Smart Grid Communications Platform Helps Reduce Cost of Utility Outages
Integration of Ambient's Network Management System (NMS) speeds up outage resolution to serve utility customers better

NEWTON, Mass., Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Ambient Corporation AMBT +4.89% , a leading provider of flexible and scalable smart grid communications platforms and technologies, announced today that it has successfully extended the integration of its communications Network Management System, AmbientNMS® into an industry standard Distribution and Outage Management System (DOMS). The result is the delivery of faster and more accurate critical information to outage notification and restoration systems - improving service to utility customers.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ambient Corp. deploys 75,000th smart grid communications node !!!

Ambient Corp. deploys 75,000th smart grid communications node

Newton, Mass., January 24, 2012 — Ambient Corp., the developer of an open architecture smart grid communication platform, recently deployed their 75,000th communications node; the flagship hardware element of the Ambient Smart Grid Communications Platform.

First deployed in 2005, the Ambient Smart Grid Communications Node has provided open, secure, two-way, standards-based grid communications for utilities.

Ambient's nodes connect more than 500,000 end devices in the Duke network, and can support a variety of smart grid applications, in parallel, including but not limited to; advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation (DA) and outage management.

Starting at the communications network layer in any smart grid implementation ensures the costs of implementation, operations and communications are optimized and the Ambient node represents a most cost-effective solution, to reduce both capital and operational expenses for utilities.

As there is no one communications technology that is right for all applications and environments across utilities, the Ambient node's ability to support multiple communications protocols simultaneously along with purpose built applications and management system provide a level of visibility and control that utilities have never before enjoyed.

For more information about Ambient or the Ambient Smart Grid Communications Node, or visit them at Booth # 4220 at DistribuTECH 2012 in San Antonio.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ambient Corporation Enhances Smart Grid Communications Node to Provide Greater Cellular Network Choices for Utilities

Ambient Corporation Enhances Smart Grid Communications Node to Provide Greater Cellular Network Choices for Utilities
The addition of Qualcomm MDM6600 chipset provides utilities with faster connectivity and unprecedented flexibility; product receives Verizon Wireless certification
Jan 25, 2012

NEWTON, Mass. and SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambient Corporation (Nasdaq: AMBT), a leading provider of flexible and scalable smart grid communications platforms and technologies, announced today that its Ambient Smart Grid® communications nodes now include Qualcomm's mobile broadband solution, the MDM6600 chipset.  This chipset adds a new level of communications flexibility to the award winning Ambient Smart Grid® communications platform, and is certified by Verizon Wireless for use in its wireless network.  

"As the smart grid industry grows beyond smart meters and attracts more and more energy-saving applications, the need for highly functional, stable and reliable wireless communications is becoming increasingly vital.  Qualcomm's products currently provide us with best-of-breed solution for our nodes," said John J. Joyce, President and CEO of Ambient. "Their inclusion in our smart grid communications node makes the Ambient solution even more reliable and flexible for utilities."  Today, Ambient connects over 500,000 smart grid application end points to utility network operation centers.
At the DistribuTECH 2012 Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, January 24-26, Ambient (Booth # 4220) and Qualcomm (Booth # 1941) will both demonstrate the capabilities of Ambient's communications node using Qualcomm's chipsets.
For many utilities deploying smart grid networks, cellular backhaul is the most logical, easy-to- deploy and cost effective method of providing connectivity to assets in the field due to its breadth of coverage and carrier-supported reliability. The certification by Verizon Wireless assures utilities and other users of the Ambient Smart Grid® Communications Platform that the architecture will seamlessly deploy anywhere with Verizon's extensive network, for both application communications and system backhaul.
"Smart grid deployments continue to shift towards cellular technologies due to high network reliability, low latencies, ubiquitous coverage, remote field upgradability, low cost of ownership and a strong standards based ecosystem," remarked Andy Wood, Director of Business Development for Qualcomm. "Qualcomm is pleased to support Ambient's product introduction and their close engagements with major utilities in defining 3G cellular-enabled neighborhood transformer communication nodes."
For more information about Ambient and its products, please visit

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Global Smart Grid Market to Invest $2 Trillion by 2030, peaking at $155bn in 2018, Predicts Memoori Research

Global Smart Grid Market to Invest $2 Trillion by 2030, peaking at $155bn in 2018, Predicts Memoori Research

Memoori publishes a new report on the global Smart Grid business, forecasting total expenditure to 2030 and highlighting investment and financial activity in the market.

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--By 2018 the world pure Smart Grid business will need to be running at $155 billion, some 50% larger than the current annual expenditure for all electrical transmission and distribution equipment. This will require major restructuring of both the supply and demand side if a truly “Smart” Grid is to be realized. Our research estimates that $2 trillion will need to be invested globally by 2030. Sales of Smart Grid systems in 2010 stood at just $16 billion, clearly showing the business still has a long way to go.

The need to reduce CO2 emissions within the existing electricity production and supply grid will drive the future growth of this business. The grid must be able to incorporate renewable electricity production from a multitude of distributed sources and be capable of matching the supply of electricity with demand at the point of usage and in real time.

In the space of 5 years mergers and acquisitions have grown from $134 million in 2007 to $10.6 billion in 2011. Both the growth and now scale indicate the supply side is gearing up to meet the requirements of new technology and forecast demand for pure Smart Grid products and systems. Investment in the market is also on the increase with venture capital companies committing some $1 billion per year in 2010 and 2011 to Smart Grid suppliers.

Memoori’s report The Smart Grid Business 2011 to 2016 is a definitive resource for Smart Grid market research, uniquely combining clearly defined market sizing statistics with financial analysis of M&A, investment and alliances.

At 182 pages with over 23 charts and tables, The Smart Grid Business 2011 to 2016 report filters out important conclusions, supported with facts, as to what is shaping the future of the Smart Grid industry. The report contains key information for all those managing, operating and investing in Smart Grid companies around the world. You can learn more at the reports website;

Thursday, December 29, 2011

9 smart grid predictions for 2012

9 smart grid predictions for 2012
By Jesse Berst Dec. 29, 2011, 3:18pm PT 2 Comments

IDC Energy Insights is one of the smart grid sector’s top research firms. Each year it issues its top 10 predictions for energy and utilities. I attended this year’s webinar and came away with my own version, which I’ve shared with you below.

I want to emphasize that my version overlaps with IDC’s but is not precisely the same. These are my interpretations and reactions to IDC’s predictions. In many areas I agree with IDC. In a few others, I feel they may have over- or under-stated the issue. Case in point: I list only nine predictions and they are not all the same as the ones IDC chose to highlight.

To see the “official” top 10 list, go to this link, scroll down until you see the list of web conferences, and click on Energy – Utilities. You can replay the webinar and/or download the slides.

1). Utility mergers will accelerate.

2). Demand will flatten or even fall. After decades of sure, steady growth, consumption growth in North America has flattened and may begin to fall after 2012. This could force a difficult adjustment in an industry that has come to expect growth in consumption.

3). Municipals and co-ops will drive new AMI deployments. Their focus will be communications networks that can handle next territories (urban and rural). And that can handle multiple applications for multi-utilities (electric, gas, water).

4). Distribution automation spending will continue to accelerate thanks in part to short payback periods (18 to 36 months typically).

5). Utilities will invest heavily in analytics to manage Big Data. Utilities are getting large volumes of data from smart meters. Now they’re trying to figure out how to get business value from that information. And how to use it for “real-time” trading and “real-time” operations.

6). Smart buildings will become important to utilities. 25 states have energy efficiency standards or targets. Smart buildingscan help meet such goals. The building energy analytics market will double between 2012 and 2015, jumping from $193 billion to $402 billion.

7). 2012 is the make or break year for electric vehicles. That is when we will be able to see whether they will go mainstream anytime soon.

8). Grid-scale lithium-ion battery prices will plunge. Prices are not cheap yet, but they are already half what they were two years ago, with further big drops on the way.

9). Solar PV growth will moderate, falling to roughly 25% per year. It appears current grant programs will be allowed to expire, reducing the incentives to install solar PV.

Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid He consults to smart grid companies seeking market entry advice and M&A advisory. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the US and abroad, he also serves on the Advisory Council of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy & Environment directorate.