24. June 2017 · Comments Off on Survey Reveals Consumer Perspectives on Smart Grid and Related Products and Services · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) today published the latest wave of its flagship “Consumer Pulse and Market Segmentation Study”, the industry’s longest-running analysis of consumers’ knowledge of and attitudes toward the smart grid, smart meters and related products and services. The “Consumer Pulse” study is a tracking survey of nationally-representative U.S. consumers, first published in 2011. The sixth wave of the survey, implemented in March 2017, reached 1,652 consumer through online consumer panels, sampled from each of the nine U.S. census divisions. For the first time, the “Consumer Pulse” survey showed that a majority of U.S. consumers have heard of smart meters and the smart grid, at 72 and 70 percent of consumers, respectively. This marks a significant increase from the previous wave, released in 2015.

Source: Survey Reveals Consumer Perspectives on Smart Grid and Related Products and Services

23. June 2017 · Comments Off on Security systems are increasingly integrating with home automation · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

As home security systems continue to adapt with the current technology market, local experts say the trend is leading to integrated smart home setups with control at the fingertips becoming standard. “The ability to control your system from your smartphone device — that is becoming a trend that is pretty much now is going to be standard,” John Palmer, a sales manager for the Denison-based Four Feathers Alarm, said. Palmer said the trend is moving toward cellular monitoring — that is the full control of a home security system available through a smartphone, and the home security systems are becoming increasingly integrated with home automation systems.

Source: Security systems are increasingly integrating with home automation – News – Nueces County Record Star – Alice, TX

23. June 2017 · Comments Off on Why India’s smart grid infrastructure is integral for power sector · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Globally, the digital revolution has increased need for electricity with greater reliability and better quality than is typically delivered through conventional power distribution systems. As more manufacturing processes and service industries become dependent on digital services, the requirement for high security, quality, reliability, and availability of an electric power supply will only go up. India’s existing infrastructure has been designed for large conventional sources of energy that involves manual intervention and oversight. However, with the government’s thrust on renewable energy sources, there is a need to restructure the grid to have an underlying IT infrastructure to merge and manage the energy generated from renewable sources along with conventional energy sources. The need of the hour is an integrated grid with an IT backbone. Smart grids can reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency of the electricity networks, and manage electricity generation from renewable technologies.

Source: Why India’s smart grid infrastructure is integral for power sector – The Financial Express

23. June 2017 · Comments Off on Will Security Dealers, Home Automation Pros or Comcast Own the Smart Home Cybersecurity Market? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Some entity will come to own the business of residential cybersecurity, network monitoring and remote managed services, but it’s unclear who that might be.It could be big home security dealers or central monitoring stations like ADT, commercial IT managed service providers like Accenture, cable companies like Comcast/Xfinity, electronics superstores like Best Buy/Magnolia, DIY networking companies like Eero or possibly, just possibly … home automation integrators, aka the “CEDIA channel.”

Source: Will Security Dealers, Home Automation Pros or Comcast Own the Smart Home Cybersecurity Market? – Security Sales & Integration

22. June 2017 · Comments Off on Steps to the smart grid · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Since 2010, the UK has invested an impressive £52 billion ($66 billion) in renewable energy, dramatically shifting the country’s dependence on fossil fuels. On a global scale, wind turbines, tidal power and solar panels are fast becoming the energy generation methods of choice in most developed countries.But making this transition is not as simple as it seems. The technology required for creating a renewable-friendly network is available, but almost all the world’s existing energy infrastructure is designed specifically to distribute the highly predictable and controllable energy generated by fossil fuels.

Source: Steps to the smart grid – Power Engineering International

22. June 2017 · Comments Off on Home Automation Trend Clicks with More and More Consumers · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

According to a 2016 survey, home automation — such as home entry notifications and video monitoring — is gaining in popularity among parents. Today, nearly one in four parents either uses a home automation system or plans to within one year. The use of technology has become so prevalent that parents prefer using it to check on what’s happening at home, rather than friends or neighbors. According to survey results, 73 percent of parents rely on texting to check in with teens and tweens who are home alone at

Source: Home Automation Trend Clicks with More and More Consumers | Connected Life – Noozhawk.com

21. June 2017 · Comments Off on Tompkins begins shift to smart grid · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In the coming years, area residents’ electricity and natural gas use will no longer be measured by the constant whirring of a dial, spinning away hard earned dollars in the blink of an eye, a macabre slot machine that never, ever hits. The process will now be digital.

Source: Tompkins begins shift to smart grid | | ithaca.com

20. June 2017 · Comments Off on City moving forward with ‘smart grid’  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

It’s coming almost two years later than expected, but Elizabeth City is moving forward with implementing a new $3.75 million “smart grid” system for its electrical and water systems. The city will spend $2.25 million from its electrical fund and $1.5 million from its water-sewer fund for new smart meters, more electrical load management switches and other components, City Manager Rich Olson and Assistant City Manager Angela Cole reported to City Council Monday. Council approved pursuing the project more than two years ago, endorsing a downtown pilot project before committing to the costly, citywide project.

Source: City moving forward with ‘smart grid’ – Daily Advance

19. June 2017 · Comments Off on Honeywell providing three utilities with smart grid services · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Honeywell will provide three power providers in the United States with managed smart grid services that offer a simpler way to manage technical smart grid networks, and enable improved electricity service and reliability for their customers. The Honeywell subscription services offer an alternative for smaller utilities, which typically have fewer IT resources, that choose not to own and manage their own advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) software. Managing AMI software is a resource-intensive task that many smaller utilities often struggle to accommodate.

Source: Honeywell providing three utilities with smart grid services – Electric Light & Power

16. March 2017 · Comments Off on US Navy Wades In With Another Pitch For Low Cost Renewable Energy · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Trump Administration is no friend to renewable energy, but it seems that the US Department of Defense has other ideas. The Air Force is forging ahead with solar projects in California and New Jersey, and now the Navy is giving itself a big pat on the back for helping to develop a new device for harvesting ambient energy from rivers, tides, and ocean currents.The Navy seems particularly excited about the potential for providing remote villages in Alaska with relief from the high cost of diesel fuel for

Source: US Navy Wades In With Another Pitch For Low Cost Renewable Energy | CleanTechnica