However, there are questions as to why Nest is playing down the scale of the leak, as users would surely not be entering more than one ZIP code when setting up their device. “The devices inside the home send all of the information to the cloud”, he said during his talk.The team also found that Sharx security cameras were leaking unencrypted video feeds and Pix-Star digital frames were leaking image content. Grover told thermostat-leaked-home-locations-over-the-internet”>Motherboard that we have a “pretty bad” situation where a number of smart devices that transmit information over the internet don’t even have the computing power required to perform encryption processes. Yet, this clarification seems to be a red herring: What they found was that numerous devices failed to encrypt at least some of the traffic. The device then pings the weather station in the area, which could be close by, or span for tens of miles away, and it was that data that was vulnerable to hacking. This means that coordinates of company weather stations, as well as user location information, were not secure.
The Smart Grid Research Consortium (SGRC) today announced new SGRC Utility Solar Photovoltaic Forecasting Models and Forecasting Service. The SGRC Solar Models and Service provide the first commercially available annual forecasts of residential solar PV system installations, energy and hourly load impacts, costs and benefits over a 10-year forecast horizon.Forecasts are provided for distribution feeders, substations, ZIP areas, and the entire utility service areas. Low, medium and high forecasts are provided to reflect the range of likely PV installation and load impacts.
Siemens Smart Grid has introduced Demand Response Management Software (DRMS) 2.5, the latest advancement in its demand response solution.
According to Siemens, the new software offers a number of ways to create rule-based aggregations that can pinpoint localized grid stress within a utility’s territory while optimizing the dispatch of consumer loads. The technology further expands upon DRMS 2.0’s ability to isolate and target demand reductions via substation, feeder, ZIP code or geographical location.
Grid2Home, a leader in Smart Energy Profile 2.0 (SEP 2.0) communication technologies, today announced that they have achieved ZigBee IP certification, a new standard that will enable the Internet of Things on low powered mesh wireless networks.
“The availability of the ZigBee IP standard is a major milestone in development of the Internet of Things as it leverages standard Internet protocols such as IPv6, 6LoWPAN, PANA, TCP, TLS, and UDP,” said Don Sturek, Grid2Home’s CTO and Chair of the ZigBee IP Working Group. “ZigBee IP, also called ZIP, is a foundational element of the newly released SEP 2.0 specification for 802.15.4 radio interfaces.”