Market Research and Insight

Xerox acquires Smart Data Consulting
Xerox is aiming to expand its e-discovery capabilities with its recent acquisition of Smart Data Consulting. Smart Data provides a software platform for corporate legal departments and law firms. The software is designed to reduce costs and save time by managing e-discovery tasks and analytics more quickly and efficiently.... Read more
Smart-building tech market set to triple
The market for smart-building technologies is expected to triple between now and 2018, according to a new report from IDC Energy Insights. The “Global Smart Buildings Forecast 2013-2018” predicts that spending in the sector will grow from $7.3 billion in 2014 to $21.9 billion in 2018. The predicted rapid... Read more
From London Olympic site to ‘disruptive’ tech hub
Part of the former London 2012 Olympic site will be redeveloped as hub for creative and digital innovation and business. The three main buildings that once served as press and broadcast centers are to be converted into an innovation center, an auditorium and a space with a data center,... Read more
London unveils £300 million cycle safety plan
On the heels of a study finding that London’s streets could be made much safer for cyclists, Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London today announced a £300 million program to modernize some of the city’s most dangerous road junctions. Under the plan, 33 one-way gyratories will be updated... Read more
Tampering scandal hits Malta’s smart-grid ambitions
Malta’s smart-grid ambitions are taking a hit in light of an emerging scandal over what appears to be systematic tampering with smart meters. The Malta Independent today reported that a ninth employee of the Enemalta utility has been suspended on suspicions of meter tampering. The first eight employees were... Read more
UK ups cash for green home improvements
Homeowners in the UK are being given additional cash incentives to make energy-efficiency and carbon-reduction improvements. The cash-back programs are also being extended by three months. Homeowners now have until the end of June to submit applications for the government’s Green Deal incentives. Home improvements covered by the program... Read more
Towns across UK explore decentralized heating
More than two dozen local authorities across England and Wales are working to develop heat network projects that could help warm buildings more efficiently and cost-effectively. The UK estimates that heat networks could realistically meet 14 percent of its building heating demands by 2030, and 43 percent by 2050.... Read more
Google’s $3.2bn Nest purchase is about smarts, not thermostats
Nest Labs was launched with a vision of a “conscious home” made possible in part through a thermostat that “learns” how to save energy and money. That vision is now backed by a $3.2 billion cash purchase by Google. Founded by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, the Palo Alto-based... Read more
Carbon pricing flaws have ‘chilling effect’ on clean energy
Failing to create a global framework for carbon pricing will hurt investments for clean energy and low-carbon projects, according to a report from the World Energy Council (WEC). The report — “World Energy Trilemma: Time to get real – the agent for change” — offers a 10-point action plan... Read more
Decarbon helps businesses cash in on ‘fifth fuel’
Energy efficiency is a strange “fuel.” You don’t get a monthly efficiency bill like you would for, say, heating oil or natural gas. But efficiency — or the lack of it — can have as big an impact on your bottom line as what you shell out for every... Read more