There are two sides to the coin: security and data privacy, both of which have the potential to undermine confidence in the entire IoT concept.With regards to security, there is a whole host of situations where an IoT device or system could be compromised. Think of last year’s hacks of a Jeep on a motorway or a power station in Ukraine. Thankfully, no lives were lost in either, but it is no stretch to imagine the havoc that could be unleashed.On the issue of data privacy, few connected devices will have a user interface through which an operator or vendor can inform the user about the terms and conditions of use, where their personal data may be stored and how it may be used, and thereby gain the user’s acceptance of those terms.
The Internet of Things has a lot of hype, but also plenty of hope that it will make a Jetsons-like future a reality. But the number of companies that have been able to penetrate the public consciousness and acceptance into U.S. homes is considerably small. Outside of Nest, SimpliSafe, and maybe iRobot, adoption of IoT devices by the general public has been relatively small.The Internet of Things, however, has made inroads outside of the home and in the industrial building space. And the reasons are two-fold.
The leading theme of ISH 2015 (March 10–14, Frankfurt/Main) is “Comfort meets Technology”. At stand B69 in Hall 10.3, the EnOcean Alliance will demonstrate how this claim can be realised using solutions based on energy harvesting wireless technology from EnOcean. Batteryless wireless multifunctional sensors, self-learning systems and central controls, which dissolve the boundaries between standards and disciplines, provide significant building blocks. The user is no longer required to deal with the technology behind. This integrated approach optimises energy use and comfort in a building and increases user acceptance at the same time.
Alstom has announced the opening of the Middle East’s first smart grid centre as part of its effort to providing sustainable electricity infrastructure to the United Arab Emirates. The facility will enable software integration factory acceptance tests to be performed on site. In addition, Alstom reports it will provide “customized training on all smart grid applications, using simulated protected customer network data for case studies, ensuring to the most efficient implementation of new technologies as customers use smart grid solutions to monitor and manage their own networks.”
DEFG, a management consulting firm specializing in energy (www.defgllc.com), released today EcoPinion No. 18, “Prepay Energy at an Inflection Point.” DEFG worked with a broad array of market participants and public stakeholders through the Prepay Energy Working Group in late 2013 to survey 1,000 consumers. The national survey examined consumer perceptions and satisfaction levels with prepaid options in general, and took a more in depth look at consumer awareness and acceptance of prepaid electricity service.
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has deployed the first electric vehicle aggregation system using the new Society of Automotive Engineers standard for bidirectional power using direct current fast charging. The system, part of the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Phase II program, is controlling five DC fast-charge stations at the Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. In August, the system passed integration and acceptance testing, successfully aggregating electric vehicles from two vehicle manufacturers equipped with SAE-compliant bidirectional charging interfaces.
Ambient Corporation (NASDAQ:AMBT), provider of a secure, flexible, and scalable communications and applications platform, today announced that Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (NYSE:ED) has contracted Ambient® to provide application development and communications equipment to replace discontinued technology for commercial and industrial metering. Following a year of testing and a successful pilot, this contract award signals the acceptance of the Ambient solution for a roll-out to further locations across the New York City area.
The smart grid promises to interconnect the reviving North American building market, beginning in the commercial building sector as government mandates drive energy efficiency standards. However, this trend is reaching the residential market following the introduction of smart meters and other technologies that provide better communication between the utility and end-user. Despite the onset of these interconnected solutions, consumers still have uncertainties regarding the connected home, as well as their own needs and perspectives vendors must understand to ensure market acceptance.
A recent report from Navigant Research shows that consumer acceptance of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind is nearly 70 percent among respondents. However, concepts like smart grid are looked upon favorably by just over 35 percent (about half the favorability of solar) of consumers surveyed, with 65 percent viewing the smart grid either negatively or having no opinion one way or the other. The results show a distinct disconnect concerning the relationship between renewables and the grid.
Utilities that are taking an active approach to integrate education and engagement into their residential, customer-facing smart grid programs have discovered a high degree of consumer satisfaction and acceptance, finds a new report from the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC).