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  • 15 Jul 2014 2:21 PM | Anonymous member

    330 Million Smartwatches by 2018

    A disrupter of today’s smart devices, voice controlled, sensor-fused and cloud connected smartwatches will replace the application needs of many smart phone users, according to global technology research firm ON World.

    “Smartwatches and wearables have created an interesting opportunity for the integration of technology and fashion and this will drive women into the role of early adopters,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “Another important consideration going forward will be how wearable sensor data is monetized through cloud networks.”

    ON World’s survey with 1,000 U.S. online consumers found that smartwatches are the most likely wearable technology product they will purchase and 55% prefer a wristband over other form factors.  Fitness is the most preferred wearable application and 38% of likely adopters would like to use their wearable technology for health applications. 

    ON World’s consumer survey found that Apple’s iWatch is the most preferred smartwatch offering even though it is not yet available. The top five smartwatch market leaders in 2013 were Samsung, Nike, Pebble, Sony and Garmin with numerous new entrants in 2014 including LG, Motorola and Nissan who are joining dozens of existing competitors.

    Price will be the deciding factor for many consumers.  ON World’s survey found that 40% would be willing to pay $99 or more for a smartwatch that had integrated blood pressure, heart rate and activity tracking sensors and 8% would be willing to spend $299 or more.

    Although smartwatches only makes up 3% of the 70,000 product reviews on wearable technologies that ON World evaluated, the growth rate increased by 763% in 2013 from 2012.  By the end of 2018, 330 million smartwatches will have been shipped worldwide, up from less than 4 million in 2013.

    ON World recently published report, Mobile Sensing Wearables, may be purchased separately or as part of a report set that also includes a survey on wearable technologies with 1,000+ consumers.  More information is available from: http://www.onworld.com/wearables

    About ON World:
    ON World (http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  For the past decade, our market research and information services have been sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide.

    Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397

    e: purvis@onworld.com

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  • 26 Jun 2014 5:04 PM | Anonymous member

    $47 Billion Mobile Sensing Wearables Market in 2018, Says ON World

    Wearable sensors enabled by low power wireless components, mobile apps, cloud computing and a receptive fashion industry has created a technology tsunami for developers and investors, according to global technology research firm, ON World.

    “Over the past two years, wearables have gone from a niche market to a revolutionary force,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “Developers from all major industries are seeing opportunities for sensor enabled wearables, integrated cloud applications and services as well as the next fashion trend.”

    Over the next five years, 700 million wearable tech devices will be shipped for a global annual market worth $47.4 billion at this time.  Hardware will make up the majority of the revenues during this period but mobile apps and subscriptions will grow faster.  The wearables industry will rapidly create new fashion lines and this is where manufacturers will break new ground.

    With over 400 unique products, the mobile sensing wearables market tripled in 2013 over the previous year and continues to accelerate with the emergence of new product categories such as smart watches, smart glasses, consumer wearable sensors as well as growing industrial and enterprise solutions.  Out of the 70,000 product reviews that ON World evaluated, 60% were completed in 2013 and the first quarter of 2014.  Some categories such as smart watches have increased by a factor of ten and personal sensors increased by over 500 percent.

    ON World has identified over 50 smart watch vendors including sports watches, luxury watches and offerings for children such as the HereO GPS watch.  By contrast, there are only about a dozen smart glasses developers but they are on track to become a $5 billion market by 2017.  A few other emerging mobile sensing wearable product categories include jewelry (e.g. Netatmo and Cuff), baby vital sign monitors (Rest Devices, Owlet and Enmovere) and pet activity/location trackers (e.g. Tagg, Voyce and Whistle).  Investment in wearables hardware companies is accelerating with almost $500 million invested in 2013 alone. 

    Sensor fusion and cloud based software and services has become the next “killer” platform.  Nest’s recently launched developer program is already showing the potential for integrating wearables with smart home systems such as Jawbone’s UP fitness tracker with Nest’s smart thermostats. 

    ON World recently published report, Mobile Sensing Wearablesmay be purchased separately or as part of a report set that also includes a survey on wearable technologies with 1,000+ consumers.

    More information is available from: http://www.onworld.com/wearables

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets. For the past decide, our research reports and information services have been sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. http://www.onworld.com

    Media contact:
    Mary Purvis
    e: purvis at onworld.com
    ph: 858-259-2397

  • 25 Jun 2014 9:30 AM | Anonymous member

    Distech Controls Introduces Strategic Solutions Sales Team
    Company continues expansion of its sales organization

    [Brossard, QC, June 25, 2014] - Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions, today announced the appointment of three Sales Managers who, together, will form the company’s new Strategic Solutions Sales Team. This growing team will work with Distech Controls’ existing Partner network and multi-location, national account clients to create and promote energy saving opportunities through the deployment of Distech Controls technology.

    In taking on the role of Strategic Account Sales Manager, Canada, Joseph Marra will be responsible for expanding and maintaining relationships with national, multi-site customers across the country. Joseph’s 25 years of sales experience and more than 20 years of successful performance contracting expertise will play an important role in enhancing the company’s growth across this market.

    Bringing over 19 years of industry sales experience, Brian Ricci joins the team as Strategic Account Sales Manager, Unites States. Brian will be responsible for the growth of Distech Controls’ strategic national accounts throughout the United States. Brian has past experience in the Hospitality and Retail (Grocery) markets that will allow him to bring specific and unique technology solutions to National Account clients.

    Finally, Geoff Olsen has taken on the role of Sales and Program Manager, Smart Room Controls. Joining the company from the lighting controls industry, Geoff will secure the success of the Smart Room Controls product line, providing the full integration of advanced lighting and shading control with HVAC systems.

    “We are thrilled with the opportunity to further build Distech Controls’ strong sales team with the addition of Joseph, Brian and Geoff,” said Ahmed Hirani, Executive Vice President, Sales and Energy Services. “With over five decades of sales experience and proven success between them, we are confident that the Strategic Solutions Sales Team will offer invaluable support to our Partners and clients as we continue to expand our network”.

    “As a key player in the building automation and energy management sector, Distech Controls will benefit from the extensive sales experience of this team,” said Etienne Veilleux, President and CEO of Distech Controls. “Joseph, Brian, and Geoff will undoubtedly play an important role in developing their respective markets, and in further empowering businesses and individuals with the ability to achieve energy efficiency via Distech Controls’ solutions,” added Veilleux.

    The Strategic Sales Solutions Team will be joining the company’s Regional Sales Managers (RSMs) and Business Development Managers (BDMs). Distech Controls’ RSMs have the strategic function of developing sales in a given geographic areas (or sales territory), thereby forging special relationships with customers. They establish strategic partnerships and are always seeking to build loyalty. Distech Controls’ BDMs lead the efforts in expanding and maintaining relationships with influencers (specifying engineers, architects, property managers) and end user customers (building owners). They promote the entire range of Distech Controls’ products, solutions and services to influencers and end users.

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    About Distech Controls
    An innovation leader in energy management solutions, Distech Controls provides unique building management technologies and services that optimize energy efficiency and comfort in buildings, all the while reducing operating costs.  We deliver Innovative Solutions for Greener Buildings™ through our passion for innovation, quality, customer satisfaction, and sustainability.  Distech Controls serves multiple market segments through its worldwide business divisions, service offices and a superior network of Authorized Partners. 
    www.distech-controls.com

    Please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube

    For more information
    Caroline Cadieux
    Director of Marketing and Communications
    e-mail:
    ccadieux@distech-controls.com
    450-444-9898 ext. 237
    www.distech-controls.com

    Lauren Scott
    Marketing Communications Specialist – Public Relations
    email:
    lscott@distech-controls.com
    450-444-9898 ext. 296
    www.distech-controls.com

    Distech Controls is a trademark of Distech Controls Inc.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 

    :: Distech Controls is ISO 9001 registered ::

  • 02 Jun 2014 1:33 PM | Anonymous member

    30% More Americans Prefer Smart Watches Over Activity Trackers

    Consumers are most likely to purchase a smart watch compared with other mobile sensing wearable technology products, according to global technology research firm, ON World.

    “Wearable tech is one of the fastest growing Internet of Things markets,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “Wristworn devices are preferred by the majority of consumers who are most interested in a general purpose smart watch rather than dedicated fitness devices such as activity trackers and heart rate monitors.”

    ON World’s recently completed survey with 1,000+ U.S. adults found that one in five either have or are planning to purchase a wearable technology product by next year and 32% are likely to purchase a wearable technology within two years.

    Almost half of the likely smart watch consumers are interested in using a yet-to-be-launched Apple smart watch followed by Samsung’s Gear, Sony’s SmartWatch, Pebble and a Microsoft smart watch.  An Apple smart watch appeals to all ages but youths 18 to 24 years olds are at least two times more likely to want to use a Samsung Gear or Pebble smart watch compared with other age ranges. 

    Forty percent of the respondents are willing to pay at least $99 for a smart watch that has integrated blood pressure, heart rate and activity tracking sensors.  Males are more likely to be interested in smart watches today and the Samsung Gear has the widest gender gap currently.

    Two-thirds of the respondents interested in wearables are likely to purchase a smart watch and/or activity tracker and many of them are also interested in smart glasses, heart rate monitors or smart clothing.  Although wristbands are the preferred wearable form factor, respondents-- especially youths-- are also interested in smart glasses, rings and headbands.

    Fitness is the most popular wearable technology application and a third of the respondents also believe that wearable technology will have a positive impact on health and wellness.  Concerns about privacy and security rank almost as high as costs while concerns about battery lifetime and ease of use have lessened since ON World’s previous smart watch survey in 2013.

    The survey, “Wearable Technologies,” is published in PowerPoint and may be purchased separately or as part of a report set.  More information is available from:

    http://www.onworld.com/wearables

    About ON World:
    ON World (
    http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  Our market research and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide.

    Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397

    e: purvis@onworld.com

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  • 02 Jun 2014 6:24 AM | Anonymous member
    • Comprehensive programme covers entire scope of innovations in Photovoltaic technologies, applications, markets and policies
    • Programme benefits from extensive experiences in PV system operations in Europe
    • EU PVSEC 2014 confirms its global relevance

    Munich, 02 June 2014 – With 1,500 presentations from 71 countries, the 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) takes place in September in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The event once more sets the benchmark for this year’s global PV events. The comprehensive conference programme has now been published following extensive review, scoring and selection of the submitted abstracts by more than 200 renowned research and industry experts from the global PV sector.

    In 87 Conference Sessions, the keynote, plenary, oral and visual presentations cover the entire scope of innovations in PV technologies, applications, markets and policies. The Scientific Committee compiled a programme of highest international standards for this EU PVSEC 2014. It is the opportunity to join scientists, engineers and practitioners from Photovoltaic research institutions and industry from around the world to present and discuss the future PV technologies and applications. 60% of the presentations focus on the latest trends in new materials, wafer-based silicon solar cells, thin-film solar cells and concentrator technologies.

    The EU PVSEC 2014 underlines its global relevance with around half of the contributions being provided by specialists from countries outside Europe. While installation and market data may realign the focus from Europe to the Asia / Pacific region and to the Americas, it is now, that the world capitalizes on Europe’s extensive and unique first-hand experiences in designing and operating PV systems of all sizes in grids with a high penetration level of renewables.

    The EU PVSEC 2014 takes up this situation with the introduction of the new conference topic Operation, Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaics. And it proves to be an instant success: 25% of the presentations discuss operational aspects of PV components and systems. This share gives strong evidence that system technologies and operational aspects are today’s decisive factors for PV’s global success.

    In addition, the Conference Programme dedicates 14 sessions to the latest PV applications, market developments, business, political and globalization issues to further drive the share of Photovoltaics worldwide. The Conference Programme is structured along the following main subjects:

    • New Materials and Concepts for Solar Cells and Modules
    • Wafer-Based Silicon Solar Cells and Materials Technology
    • Thin Film Solar Cells
    • Solar Cells, Assemblies and Modules for Terrestrial Concentrator Systems and for Space Solar Generators
    • Operations, Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaics
    • PV Applications
    • PV - A Major Electricity Source

    The combination of this leading Conference with an international PV Industry Exhibition and additional Parallel Events that offer a deep insight into specific topics, forms the unique character of the EU PVSEC. Participants benefit from multiple synergies and networking opportunities at this Business-to-Business, Business-to-Science and Science-to-Industry platform.

    The EU PVSEC 2014 will take place from 22 to 26 September 2014 at RAI Convention and Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The five-days Conference is held along with the three-days Exhibition from 23 to 25 September 2014.

     

    Background EU PVSEC

    For many years, the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) has combined a renowned international scientific Conference with a leading PV Industry Exhibition and trade fair. During 5 Conference and 3 Trade fair days, new products and technical innovations from all areas of photovoltaics and from all over the world are on show.

    The EU PVSEC is supported by European and international organisations such as the European Commission, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Natural Sciences Sector, WCRE - World Council for Renewable Energy, EPIA - European Photovoltaic Industry Association, IPVEA - International Photovoltaic Equipment Association, ESA - European Space Agency, EREF - European Renewable Energies Federation, EUFORES – European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources, EU PV TP - European Photovoltaic Technology Platform, ARE - Alliance for Rural Electrification, AIE - European Association of Electrical Contractor, CABA - Continental Automated Buildings Association, EPIC - European Photonics Industry Consortium, SASIA - Saudi Arabia Solar Industries Association.

    The Conference Programme is coordinated by the European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre.

    For further information please visit: www.photovoltaic-conference.com / www.photovoltaic-exhibition.com

     

    Contact:

    Heinz Ehmann

    WIP, Sylvensteinstr. 2, 81369 Munich, Germany

    Tel: +49 89 72012735, Fax: +49 89 72012791

    press@wip-munich.de

  • 07 May 2014 1:33 PM | Anonymous member
    1 in 5 Americans Will Own a Wearable Technology Product by 2015

    Mass market adoption for wearable technologies is underway in the U.S. , according to global technology research firm, ON World. 

    “Mobile integrated wireless technologies such as Bluetooth Smart have made wearable technologies appealing to mainstream consumers,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “Fitness continues to be the primary driver but opportunities for wearable devices are growing for personal lifestyle enhancements, safety, comfort and convenience.” 

    ON World’s recently completed survey with 1,000+ U.S. adult consumers found that by next year 19% of Americans will own a wearable technology product such as smart watch, activity tracker or smart glasses.  A younger demographic influence is leading the way for mass market adoption with over 30% of respondents aged 18 to 34 that already have a wearable technology product or plan to within the next 12 months.

    Although today’s wearable technology consumers tend to have higher incomes, respondents at all income levels are current wearable technology adopters or plan to be by 2015.  However, males are more likely than females to have a wearable technology product or plan to purchase one within the next year. 

    The majority of respondents will use their wearable technology device for health, fitness and communications.  For respondents aged 18 to 34, 6 in 10 are likely to use a wearable technology product for health or fitness.

    Smart watches are the most popular wearable product category followed by activity trackers, smart glasses, heart rate monitors and smart clothing.  Respondents aged 18 to 34 are nearly two times more likely to purchase a smart watch compared with older respondents.  However, respondents aged 25-34 are two times more likely to purchase an activity tracker compared with 18 to 25 year olds. 

    Over two-thirds of the respondents believe wearable technology will have a positive impact on industries such as health and wellness, sports and fitness, safety and security, home automation and energy management.  A quarter of those aged 18 to 34 believe that wearable technology will have a positive impact on home automation and even more believe wearables will positively influence their safety and security.

    The biggest concerns about wearable technology are costs as well as privacy and security followed by radio wave radiation, ease of use and battery lifetime.

    The survey, “Wearable Technologies,” is published in PowerPoint and may be purchased separately or as part of a report set.  More information is available from:

    http://www.onworld.com/wearables

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  Our market research and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. 
    http://www.onworld.com

    Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397

    e: purvis@onworld.com

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  • 22 Apr 2014 1:16 PM | Anonymous member
    Wireless Smart Energy Markets to Reach $20 Billion by 2018

    Wireless sensor networking (WSN) has created a multi-billion dollar Smart Energy market, according to global technology research firm ON World. Annual revenues from WSN related products and services for energy management, smart lighting and advanced metering will reach $20 billion worldwide within the next five years. 

    “The energy sector has some of the largest and fastest growing Internet of Things markets,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. “Enabled by wireless sensor network technologies combined with cloud services and mobile apps, Smart Energy solutions are transforming global markets.”

    Smart Energy startups have raised almost two-thirds of the $3.4 billion in the venture capital that has been invested in WSN related products and technologies.

    A few of the trends and developments that are driving Smart Energy markets include the following:

    Internet Connected Smart Devices

    ON World’s recently completed survey with over 1,000 U.S. consumers found that smart thermostats were the most popular home energy management devices followed by lighting controls and smart appliances. The survey also found that 40% of Internet connected U.S. consumers are willing to allow their utility to remotely control their energy devices if they are provided with incentives such as a free thermostat or real-time pricing plan that allows them to save on their energy costs.

    By 2018, there will be 50 million smart homes and buildings enabled by WSN technologies such as ZigBee, WiFi, Bluetooth, EnOcean and Z-Wave.

    Wireless Light Bulbs

    The emergence of wireless enabled light bulbs and lamps has accelerated adoption of smart lighting solutions in the commercial and residential sectors. Sales of consumer LED smart lighting has increased almost 300% over the past year with the majority of these using ZigBee based systems. By 2020, there will be 100 million Internet connected wirelss light bulbs and lamps worldwide.

    Smartphones and Mobile Apps

    Consumers want real-time access to their energy consumption data and they prefer to use their smartphones or tablets as their home energy interface device. In fact, ON World’s recent survey found that 30% of respondents age 18 to 24 ranked “smartphone/tablet control” as their single most important purchasing consideration related to home energy management.

    Standards

    The vision of end-to-end, standards based Smart Grid-to-the-home communications is now a reality. The ZigBee Smart Energy 2 supports IP based networking technology including WiFi, 6LoWPAN and HomePlug. Used in hundreds of products today, Bluetooth Smart is one of the most disruptive Internet of Things technologies. Appearing primarily in mobile body area network products so far, Bluetooth Smart is also targeting smart home solutions. The latest Bluetooth 4.1 specification enables devices to set up a dedicated channel for communication including future support for IPv6 at the sensor level.

    The open source OpenADR specification simplifies utility-to-customer communications and compliance with regulations such as California’s Title 24 that requires in-building systems to support two-way communications with utility networks for demand response starting this summer.

    Based on surveys and phone interviews with over 3,000 individuals, ON World’s recently published “Smart Energy Set” includes six reports that cover the major Smart Energy markets including 802.15.4 and ZigBee, Smart Buildings, Smart Homes, Home Energy Management, Smart Lighting and Smart Metering.

    The report set synopsis and free executive summaries are available from: http://www.onworld.com/smartenergyset

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets. Our research reports and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. http://www.onworld.com

    Media contact:
    Mary Purvis
    e: purvis at onworld.com
    ph: 858-259-2397
  • 11 Apr 2014 5:42 AM | Anonymous member
    • More than 1,500 contributions apply for presentation in Amsterdam

    • Scientists, engineers and practitioners from Photovoltaic research institutions and industry will present future PV developments

    • Submissions from 73 countries

    • Global response: 50% of the contributions submitted by experts from other continents

    • Particular strong response: Topics on operations, performance and reliability of PV

    • Exhibition will show latest trends in PV technology & equipment

    Munich, 11 April 2014 – The Call for Papers for the 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) generated more than 1,500 contributions (abstracts) from 73 countries applying for presentation at the EU PVSEC Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 22 to 26 September 2014.

    Proposals to present have come from the world’s leading solar energy research, industry and market institutions and cover the entire PV value chain, including the latest PV applications, market developments, as well as business, political and globalization considerations. A particularly strong response to top-notch topics addressing operations, performance and reliability of PV is observed.

    About 50% of the contributions have been submitted from countries outside Europe, confirming the trend towards further internationalisation. As has been the case in previous years, the largest number of abstracts continues to be from researchers and engineers in Germany. The Asia / Pacific region accounts for around 25% of the proposals, underscoring its strong position within the global marketplace. In addition, more abstracts than ever have been submitted from emerging markets from around the world, particularly from Africa, a demonstration of increasing commitment to photovoltaic solar energy.

    The abstracts have been reviewed and scored by the Scientific Committee made up of more than 200 renowned research and industry experts from the global PV sector. To guarantee the quality of the programme, each abstract has been scored by three independent reviewers before the topic organisers met on 08 April 2014 to select the oral and visual presentations. Dr. Arnulf Jäger-Waldau, European Commission, DG JRC, and EU PVSEC Technical Programme Chairman, coordinates the Scientific Committee to set up a well-balanced Conference Programme of highest international standards. Dr. Jäger-Waldau: “Evaluation of the submitted abstracts confirms that the further developed structure of the Conference topics has been well received. New materials, wafer-based silicon solar cells, thin-film solar cells and concentrator technologies are core topics with more than 60% of the submitted abstracts. The increasingly crucial relevance of operations, performance and reliability of PV is mirrored by the over 400 abstracts received on these subjects. Submissions on the latest PV applications, market developments, business, political and globalization issues round-up the broad spectrum of abstracts.”

    The Conference programme will be published in May this year. It is coordinated by the European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre.

    The EU PVSEC 2014 will take place from 22 to 26 September 2014 at RAI Convention and Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The five-day Conference is held along with the three-day Exhibition from 23 to 25 September 2014.

     

    Background EU PVSEC

    For many years, the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) has combined a renowned international scientific Conference with a leading PV Industry Exhibition and trade fair. During 5 Conference and 3 Trade fair days, new products and technical innovations from all areas of photovoltaics and from all over the world are on show.

    The EU PVSEC is supported by European and international organisations such as the European Commission, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Natural Sciences Sector, WCRE - World Council for Renewable Energy, EPIA - the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, IPVEA - the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association, ESA - European Space Agency, EREF - European Renewable Energies Federation, EU PV TP - European Photovoltaic Technology Platform, ARE - Alliance for Rural Electrification, AIE - European Association of Electrical Contractor, CABA - Continental Automated Buildings Association, EPIC - European Photonics Industry Consortium, SASIA - Saudi Arabia Solar Industries Association.

    The Conference Programme is coordinated by the European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre.

    For further information please visit: www.photovoltaic-conference.com / www.photovoltaic-exhibition.com

     

    Contact:

    Heinz Ehmann

    WIP, Sylvensteinstr. 2, 81369 Munich, Germany

    Tel: +49 89 72012735, Fax: +49 89 72012791

    press@wip-munich.de

  • 11 Apr 2014 5:27 AM | Anonymous member

    Munich, 08 April 2014 – The 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) taking place from 22 to 26 September 2014 at RAI Convention and Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will be chaired by Teun Bokhoven.  The five-day Conference is complemented by the three-day Exhibition, held from 23 to 25 September 2014.

    Teun Bokhoven is President of the Dutch Renewable Energy Federation and has over 25 years of experience in the international solar energy sector. He established a number of solar energy companies in Europe and he is involved as solar market expert in several global initiatives like the UNDP. He was one of the founders of the Dutch solar trade association Holland Solar and the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF). In the Netherlands he is President of the Dutch Renewable Energy Federation (Duurzame Energie Koepel), an umbrella organisation for all renewable energy sector associations (solar, wind, bio-energy, etc.). In that capacity he played a key role in the recent establishment of the Dutch National Energy Agreement on “greening the economy”.

    “The Netherlands is happy and proud to host this major global solar event. It underlines the importance of photovoltaics for building a sustainable energy future; not only in the Sunbelt, but everywhere, including this country which is so well-known for its windmills. This conference is a strong support for our ambition to be in the top league of PV science, technology and deployment. Photovoltaics combines the major opportunities for a clean energy system and a greener economy” Teun Bokhoven stated when accepting to be the Conference General Chairman.


    Background EU PVSEC

    For many years, the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) has combined a renowned international scientific conference with a leading PV industry exhibition and trade fair. During 5 conference days and 3 trade fair days, new products and technical innovations from all areas of photovoltaics and from all over the world are on show.

    The EU PVSEC is supported by European and international organisations such as the European Commission, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Natural Sciences Sector, WCRE - World Council for Renewable Energy, EPIA - the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, IPVEA - the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association, ESA - European Space Agency, EREF - European Renewable Energies Federation, EU PV TP - European Photovoltaic Technology Platform, ARE - Alliance for Rural Electrification, AIE - European Association of Electrical Contractor, CABA - Continental Automated Buildings Association, EPIC - European Photonics Industry Consortium, SASIA - Saudi Arabia Solar Industries Association.

    The Conference Programme is coordinated by the European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre.

     

    Contact:
    Heinz Ehmann
    WIP, Sylvensteinstr. 2, 81369 Munich, Germany
    Tel: +49 89 720 12 735, Fax: +49 89 720 12 791
    press@wip-munich.de
  • 27 Mar 2014 5:01 PM | Anonymous member
    $3.4 Billion Invested in Wireless Smart Object Startups 

    Wireless smart object technologies have accelerated growth for Internet of Things (IoT) markets, according to global technology research firm ON World.

     “Advances with low power wireless components, MEMs sensors and cloud based software have made wireless smart objects one of the hottest investment areas for the Internet of Things, 

    said Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “The landscape has shifted from commercial, industrial and vertical niches to mass market consumer opportunities.”

    ON World’s analysis of several hundred companies in 20 markets found that $3.4 billion has been invested in wireless smart object startups by the end of 2013, including component suppliers, stack licensors, device manufacturers and software developers.

    There are four major investable categories for wireless Internet of Things companies:

    Wireless Sensor Network Components and Enabling Technologies

    More than two dozen wireless sensor network (WSN) component suppliers have raised $489 million in venture capital with investments approaching $1 billion through acquisitions and public offerings. 

    Silicon Labs recently acquired Energy Micro that provides low power microprocessors and a fourfold reduction in power consumption for RF transceivers.   ARM’s acquisition of 6LoWPAN pioneer Sensinode has provided increased visibility for IoT technologies and the migration to Internet Protocol (IP) addressable sensors and actuators.

    Integrated Systems & Smart Devices

    Integrated systems and smart device manufacturers make up over half of the companies ON World evaluated and 83% of the acquisitions.  Google’s acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion illustrates the growing confidence in IoT markets and increasing mass market acceptance of disruptive wireless smart objects such as the Learning Thermostat and Protect, a smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector.

    Wireless smart lighting is another rapidly growing area where more than 50 years of LED research is starting to payoff in the form of Internet connected wireless enabled LED light bulbs.  Backed by the Connected Lighting Alliance and lighting giants such as Philips and Osram Sylvania, ZigBee Light Link currently leads the market for residential wireless LED lighting.

    By 2020, there will be over 100 million Internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps worldwide.

    Cloud Software and Data Analytics

    Cloud software IoT startups focused on WSN solutions have the largest valuations and raised more than any of the other product categories.  Although the number of acquisitions and IPOs are currently lower than the other categories, many of the investments are fairly recent.

    Some of the largest investments to date have been in smart home and energy management platforms by Alarm.com, iControl Networks and Tendril that have each raised over $100 million.  Growing areas are seamless cloud connectivity, quality of service and integration platforms such as those provided Arrayent, Ayla Networks, GreenWave Reality, Revolv, WeMonitor and Zonoff.

    Wearables, Mobile Sensing Devices and Mobile Apps

    The fourth category ON World evaluated is wireless wearable, body area network and mobile sensing devices that connect to the cloud through smartphones and tablet PCs.  Although it is a relatively new investment area, this category has already raised half a billion dollars including Jawbone, Fitbit and Basis Science (recently acquired by Intel).

    According to ON World, 5 billion Internet connected wireless sensors and actuators will be shipped by 2019.

    ON World’s Wireless Internet of Things Set covers all the major WSN technologies such as ZigBee, 802.15.4, 6LoWPAN, WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, EnOcean and others in this seven report set that includes:  802.15.4 & ZigBee, IP Smart Object Networks, Health & Wellness Wireless Sensor Networks, Smart Building Wireless Sensor Networks, Smart Home Sensor Networks, Smart Wireless Lighting and Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks.

    The report set synopsis and a free executive summary is available from: http://www.onworld.com/iotset

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  Our market research and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. 
    http://www.onworld.com

    Media Contact:
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    p: 858-259-2397

    e: purvis@onworld.com

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