IBM is releasing two new services through Bluemix that can be utilized through our IoT for Automotive solution. They are Context Mapping and Driver Behavior. We appreciate all the feedback we received from you while these were previously available as experimental. The developer community is always critical to helping us understand your challenges and to continuously improve our offerings.
Let’s be honest, nobody exactly loves their electricity supplier. The service is impersonal, prices skew high and estimated billing is an antiquated practice in an age when we’re producing vast amounts of data. Sure, energy companies have done much to earn their bad reputations, but it’s also true that the system they’re dealing with has not evolved in principle since London’s Edison Electric Light Station first whirred into action in 1882: power gets pumped from a central point to a large number of users, with delayed feedback about how much is being used or when. It’s expensive, it’s inefficient and it’s fragile.
I received a lot of feedback on an article I wrote a few months ago about changing the way we perceive the “Things” in the Internet of Things (IoT).The gist of my argument was that we should start treating these “Things” more like people — not in the sense of giving them the right to vote and the responsibility of paying taxes, but in the sense of thinking about them the way you would think about an employee hired to fulfill a specific function. Our perception of smart “Things” needs to be “people-ified,” if you will.
A new app that can reportedly cut household energy use by 10% is being rolled out to 200,000 Swedish homes.The Energy Tree app analyses data from the smart power grid to discover households’ energy trends and encourages users to consume less energy through personalised feedback and guidance.“The Energy Tree combines behavioural science and gamification with data analytics to engage and motivate households,” said a statement from the app developers Greenely.
PTC is making a big bet on the IoT opportunity. It wants to be in the forefront of helping organizations create smart products and services, systems and operations. This means changing the way they are designed, so they can provide continuous feedback about how they actually are used. It also means quickly responding to changing customer and market requirements.
Start-up home-automation supplier Blossom has developed a Cloud-connected sprinkler-system controller that it contended could cut water bills by up to 30 percent.
The device, also called Blossom, delivers only the amount of water needed to each section of the yard based on weather conditions and on the vegetation in each section. Blossom’s subscription-free Cloud service gathers local forecast and daily data from thousands of weather stations and satellites, and then uses algorithms to calculate water demand based on how soil moisture is being depleted by plants and replenished by rainfall. The Cloud combines the information with user feedback to create an optimized watering schedule, the company said.
Simply put, a smart grid is an electrical grid that’s integrated with computerized, two-way communication networks. In addition to sending electricity from a power plant to homes and offices, smart grids also provide feedback to system operators regarding power interruptions and electrical use.
“A smart grid is one that has real-time monitoring and reaction, which allows the system to constantly modify and tune itself to an optimal state,” said Massoud Amin, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Minnesota and an outspoken proponent of smart-grid development.
“It’s complicated.” That phrase properly describes the relationship between big data and utility companies today.
Big data is hardly new, as the proliferation of the smart grid, which escalated more than five years ago, brought in a flood of data – from a variety of sources that include smart meters, outage management systems, supervisory control and data acquisition history, and customer data and feedback – into legacy IT infrastructures that simply were not prepared to handle the influx.
The grid has gotten smarter over the last few years, but it has not captured the imagination of mainstream consumers. Why? It’s because most people can’t figure out how the smart grid improves their daily lives.
For example, smart meters were supposed to lower people’s energy bills by giving people feedback. But a frequently held belief is that they make your utility bill go up. Most people don’t love the smart grid.
A survey of 2,000 households conducted by Energy Saving Trust, the organisation that gives impartial energy-saving advice to communities, revealed ‘huge public support’ of the Smart meter technology.
Smart meters give consumers curious about their energy consumption exactly what they want by collecting information about energy use in the home electronically. This is done without the user or the supplier taking meter readings, with real-time feedback given through an in-home display.