Big data is a big topic when it comes to the smart grid. GigaOm’s Katie Fehrenbacher commented that it was one of the most obvious trends at the recent DistribuTECH 2012 event. The data generated by smart devices throughout the grid could reach truly monumental proportion. Consider all the types of data that may be collected by devices from the meter all the way back to the back office — time of use data, pricing data, weather data, power system data (like waveforms and voltage profiles), outage data. Turning this data into useful, actionable information will be no small feat.
It seems that one of the world’s largest thermostat makers, Honeywell, had a learning unit quite a few years before the now-popular “Nest” did, and nixed it soon after its conception. Speaking with Honeywell’s President of Environmental and Combustion Controls division miss Beth Wozniak, GigaOM’s Katie Fehrenbacher found that Honeywell decided to drop the program because people wanted to control their temperature themselves. We must wonder if the folks at Nest will run into the same problem with everyday citizens when they release their product this year.