Posts Tagged ‘Smart Grid’

Belkin and Osram Team Up for IoT

belkin logoBelkin International announced, “Belkin International, a leading Internet of Things company, and OSRAM SYLVANIA, a leading global lighting manufacturer, today announced that the two companies have entered into a strategic partnership to collaborate on residential solutions with the OSRAM LIGHTIFY™ smart connected lighting ecosystem and Belkin’s WeMo® home automation ecosystem. OSRAM SYLVANIA will first add WeMo compatibility to the SYLVANIA ULTRA iQ™ BR30 LED light bulb, followed by a broader portfolio of connective lighting products for the home shortly after the launch of OSRAM LIGHTIFY in Europe this fall.”

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RDF is Critical to a Successful Internet of Things

Depiction of RDF and the internet of ThingsDo you still remember a time when a utility company worker came to your house to check your electric meter? For many of us already, this is in the past. Smart meters send information directly to the utility company and as a result, it knows our up-to-the-minute power usage patterns. And, while we don’t yet talk to our ovens or refrigerators through the Internet, many people routinely control thermostats from their smart phones. The emerging Internet of Things is real and we interact with it on the daily basis.

The term Internet of Things refers to devices we wouldn’t traditionally expect to be smart or connected, such as a smoke detector or other home appliance. They are being made ‘smart’ by enabling them to send data to an application. From smart meters to sensors used to track goods in a supply chain, the one thing these devices have in common is that they send data – data that can then be used to create more value by doing things better, faster, cheaper, and more conveniently.

The physical infrastructure needed for these devices to work is largely in place or being put in place quickly. We get immediate first order benefits simply by installing new equipment. For example, having a smart meter provides cost savings because there is no need for a person to come to our houses. Similarly, the ability to change settings on a thermostat remotely can lower our heating costs. However, far vaster changes and benefits are projected or are already beginning to be delivered from inter-connecting the data sent by smart devices:

  • Health: Connecting vital measurements from wearable devices to the vast body of medical information will help to improve our health, fitness and, ultimately, save lives.
  • Communities: Connecting information from embedded devices and sensors will enable more efficient transportation. When a sprinkler system meter understands weather data, it will use water more efficiently. Once utilities start connecting and correlating data from smart meters, they might deliver electricity more efficiently and be more proactive in handling infrastructure problems.
  • Environment: Connecting readings from fields, forests, oceans, and cities about pollution levels, soil moisture, and resource extraction will allow for closer monitoring of problems.
  • Goods and services: Connecting data from sensors and readers installed throughout factories and supply chains will more precisely track materials and speed up and smooth out the manufacture and distribution of goods.

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SMArc: Optimizing Energy Consumption with Semantic Technologies


The Daily Fusion reports, “Semantic Middleware Architecture (SMArc) is the result of a research conducted by the Department of Engineering and Telematics Architectures of Centro de Investigación en Tecnologías del Software y Sistemas Multimedia (CITSEM) of the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM). SMArc aims to optimize data transmission for smart grid users thanks to an effective mechanism for data exchange. This way, users can be simultaneously consumers and energy producers.” Read more

Stem is Trying to Make Buildings Smarter with Machine Learning


Katie Fehrenbacher of GigaOM reports, “Here’s the basic idea behind startup Stem: install batteries at a building and use software to convert the building over to battery power (instead of using power from the grid) when energy from the power grid is expensive (like a hot Summer day). Large power companies seem to think it’s a good idea, and on Monday Stem announced that it’s raised $15 million from new investors including GE and Spanish power giant Iberdrola. Stem was founded back in 2009 as Powergetics and it rebranded as Stem last year. The company launched its first battery and analytics system with a hotel in San Francisco a year ago, and now they’re working on installing about a megawatt of systems across Hawaii.” Read more

Applying Smart Data from Smart Grids

Molly McCluskey of Fierce Smart Grid reports, “It’s not enough to collect data from smart grids. Utility executives must know how to use that data across a broad range of applications, especially as the technology, and the data it harnesses, becomes more advanced. That was the message of a keynote speech by Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, director of the Smart Grid Center at Texas A&M University, delivered at Euro Con 2013, hosted by IEEE and the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.” Read more

ThingWorx is on the Rise

A new article out of ThingWorx reports that the company is expanding to meet growing customer demand. ThingWorx, the article states, “is partnering with a rapidly expanding list of customers in the M2M, manufacturing, healthcare, energy, Smart Grid and Infrastructure, and printing industries to realize operational innovation through its Connected Application platform. To meet this rapid growth, the company has announced several key additions to the staff as it builds the growing ThingWorx community.” Read more