Con Edison is halfway into its four-year storm hardening plan, which provides a comprehensive storm defense system to protect New Yorkers from the widespread infrastructure damage that can occur from weather events like Superstorm Sandy.
As part of the $1 billion “Fortifying the Future” plan, Con Edison planners, engineers and field crews have been working to fortify underground and overhead energy delivery systems from severe flooding and destructive winds characteristic of major storms. The benefits of the plan can already be seen in New York City where, in 2014, the installation of specialized remote switches and other storm hardening equipment has prevented about 25,000 storm-related outages so far.
via Con Edison celebrating second anniversary of storm hardening plan – FierceSmartGrid.
Alternative energy cannot take over from fossil fuels without a way to bridge over the peaks and troughs that can occur when the wind fades or the sun dips. That’s what gets us so excited about advances in grid scale batteries.
In the most recent breakthrough, the good folk at the Fraunhofer institute in Magdeburg, Germany, have risked taking their own facility off the power grid, leaving their many sensitive experiments at the mercy of a megabattery to prove the concept.
via Megabattery demonstrated successfully : TreeHugger.
I have had a front row seat as companies have struggled to enter the emerging world of the Internet of Things — first, 10 years ago as a vice president at Ambient Devices, an MIT Media Lab spinoff that was a pioneer in commercializing IoT devices, and then as a consultant.
One of the biggest obstacles is that traditional functional departments often can’t meet the needs of IoT business models and have to evolve. Here are some of the challenges that I’ve observed:
via The Internet of Things Will Change Your Company, Not Just Your Products – Joey Fitts – Harvard Business Review.
The Internet of Things, or IoT, is often misconstrued to only mean the interconnectedness of appliances, computers, microprocessors and machines, all of which have IP addresses or some form of digital identification.
While IoT includes these capabilities, it’s far more pervasive. More precisely, the IoT is the interconnectedness of devices coupled with automated and centralized data collection and analysis capabilities from those devices or processors linked to them.
via 8 ways you can help secure the Internet of Things — GCN.
Roughly one in four (26 percent) small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and managed services providers (MSPs) expect the Internet of things (IoT)—including multiple devices, wearables and cloud-based services—to generate more money for them than any of the other current big IT trends, according to a survey released by AVG Technologies.
via SMBs See IoT Potential, Wary of Possible Challenges.
Cambridge chip maker ARM has launched new technology that amounts to a ‘killer’ play in the advancement of mobile computing and the Internet of Things.
The UK tech trailblazer has created a new family of interconnects that will facilitate next generation infrastructure deployments.
The launch of its CoreLink CCN-502 and CoreLink CCN-512 technology extends the scalability for infrastructure compute and underscores the company’s commitment to providing a flexible architecture from sensors to servers.
via ARM makes ‘killer’ move in IoT | Business Weekly | Technology News | Business news | Cambridge and the East of England.
The baseball World Series is finally wrapping up, and even though it’s been a long season I will miss the sport over the winter. Perhaps that’s because it’s a slow, well-understood game with well-defined rules, roles, and metrics. In a chaotic, unpredictable world, baseball is so well-ordered and predictable. I find it so soothing that I do some of my best writing when a game is on. The only problem is that the World Series games typically last well past my bedtime.
The Internet of Things is not like baseball. This game has no rules, or perhaps too many rules (i.e., standards). It is fast-moving—in some ways, at least—and unpredictable. We don’t know who the key players are yet. We aren’t sure how to measure performance. All we know is that, unlike major league baseball, it is growing in popularity.
via The Internet of Things Is Not Like Baseball – The CIO Report – WSJ.
Last week I had the opportunity to take part on panel at the Sector Security Conference in Toronto. Just for the record, I’m also on the advisory board for that conference so we’re clear. The main thrust of the panel was dealing with predictions for the coming calendar year. I’m no fan of predictions in general. So much so that I wrote a piece almost a year ago where I compiled a top 10 vulnerabilities that we would have to worry about for 2014. The problem there was that this was a list that I lifted from a similar article that was written in 1999. Of the ten vulnerabilities in the list, eight of them were still relevant. That being said, I still agreed to do it. I’ll admit, that I enjoyed it but, one thing that struck me from a couple of the panelists was this bizarre technolust for even more Internet of Things…things.
via Internet of Things: Security vs. Time To Market.
First came smart bombs, then smart phones, then smart cars that park and drive themselves.
Now we’ve got built-to-order smart homes that are energy- and water-efficient and so technologically advanced, they produce as much energy as they use.
A model home, called ZeroHouse 3.0, shows off all its futuristic features in the Blackstone community off Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills, the first model constructed in Northern California.
via ZeroHouse has impressive numbers | Folsom Telegraph.
Keen Home, the new startup bringing to life an automated, intelligent and digitally connected home, announced on Wednesday (October 29th) $1.52M in seed funding. Led by RMR Capital, with participation from R/GA Ventures, Bullet Time Ventures, NYU Innovation Venture Fund, Rugged Ventures, Galvanize Ventures, and Brand Foundry Ventures, as well as strategic investors American Family Ventures and Comporium, Inc., the seed round will serve to bring its first product, the Keen Home Smart Vent, to market.
via Keen Home Announces $1.52M in Seed Funding; Launches Smart Vent | Crowdfund Insider.
Utilities see themselves losing ground to new competitors as the U.S. strives to significantly expand and strengthen its electrical grid, according to a Mortenson Construction survey of utility executives and the engineers and suppliers that support them at the 2014 IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference. The winners, driven by regulatory changes mandated by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order No. 1000, will include renewable energy providers, new transmission line developers and independent power suppliers, utility executives say.
via Utilities Expect Strong Competition in Build-Out of U.S. Electrical Grid.
You’ve read about net zero energy homes and buildings as well as net zero subdivisions and districts. Now the U.S. Army is getting in on the act via a partnership with DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to find out if net zero Army installations are a possibility.
The Army and NREL are undertaking the pilot project to enhance energy security through energy efficiency measures and “optimized renewable energy strategies,” according to a news release from NREL. If all of the nine military installations in the pilot, referred to as Net Zero Energy Installations (NZEI), can reach net zero energy use, it will mean they will replace about 8% of the Army’s installation energy use with renewables.
via Smart Grid: Army, NREL partner on large-scale net zero energy pilot.
Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore) will be building a hybrid micro-grid which will integrate multiple large-scale renewable energy sources.
The first in the region, the hybrid micro-grid will test and demonstrate the integration of solar, wind, tidal-current, diesel, storage and power-to-gas technologies, and ensure these energy sources operate well together.
via NTU to build region’s first renewable energy integration demonstration micro-grid.
Superstorm Sandy was the most powerful and destructive storm in Public Service Electric and Gas Company’s 111-year history, causing more than 2 million PSE&G customers to lose power. In the two years since the storm, PSE&G, which serves nearly three-quarters of New Jersey’s population, continues to make significant improvements to its infrastructure, communications and logistics that will keep more customers in service during a storm, and restore service faster in the aftermath.
via Learning from Superstorm Sandy: PSE&G Improves Infrastructure, Communications and Logistics.
Alevo Group plans to transform the world of grid-scale energy storage, with the opening of a large, new manufacturing plant in Concord, North Carolina. Alevo is using a combination of innovative battery technology and smart data analytics to significantly reduce losses caused by inefficiencies in grid transmission.
via Alevo to transform energy storage by combining battery tech with smart data analysis – Renewable Energy Focus.
We’ve said it before. The commitment to the smart grid initiative in the U.S. has been primarily about providing customers and utilities with information that can provide a variety of benefits, from more efficient operations for utilities to opportunities for cost savings and better managing energy use for customers.
Ever since Korea began testing smart grid technologies on Jeju Island, the country’s goal has been entirely different, to become a power in the marketplace. Sure, as you will notice in the story below, the state run electric company plans to bring those technologies to its major cities and its citizens are likely to realize substantial benefits, but the plan seems to be primarily an economic one.
via Smart Grid: Korea closes in on its goal: major smart grid technology exporter.
Sensors and connected devices are popping up everywhere, and the data they’re producing has to be processed somewhere. While the easy stuff and the immediate stuff happens locally, more complex stuff — predictive analytics, visualizing data on mobile apps, talking to other devices or applications — happens in the cloud. And cloud computing providers are already beginning their fight to house all that data and all those workloads.
via The internet of things is becoming the next cloud battleground — Tech News and Analysis.
“You’re going to totally love this,” the electrician said as he pulled speaker wires through my wall. “Totally plug-and-play. Once I set it up, you never have to reboot or refresh the device, and you control it with your iPhone.”
The device was the music system called Sonos, and while the electrician was sincere, I remained skeptical. Has there ever been an Internet- or remote-controlled appliance that was maintenance-free? I’ve had satellite and cable television before, you know. (Never, ever hide a DVR behind a wall.)
via Wireless technology takes the hassle out of home automation – Baltimore Sun.
Nest’s thermostat and smoke detector now works with more third-party home automation products, the first fruits of the developer program that the Google-owned company launched in June. First in the list is something you’re likely familiar with: Pebble smartwatches, which you can now use to control and check the temperature in your home. Next? A voice-controlled home manager called ivee, which lets you know when a peak energy event starts and ends, as well as lets you use spoken commands to adjust the temperature for you. Then there’s Life360, an app that monitors where family members or friends are on a map (with their consent), which automatically adjusts the temp when the last resident in the house leaves or when the first one comes home.
via Nest can now talk to Pebble and other home automation products.
It’s not unusual to find yourself talking to an uncooperative appliance or gadget. Soon, though, it could soon be more common for those devices to actually pay attention.
A startup called Wit.ai plans to make it easy for hardware makers and software developers to add custom voice controls to everything from smartphones and smart watches to Internet-connected thermostats and drones.
While big companies like Apple and Google have their own voice recognition technology, smaller companies and independent developers don’t have the deep pockets required to create voice software that continuously learns from mountains of data.
via Making the Internet of Things Understand Your Voice | MIT Technology Review.