The smart home market holds the possibility of being a game-changer with a world of promises made by HomeKit, Nest, Vivint, Philips and others. But bridging the gap in satisfaction between device and continued use through applications -- and getting them to all play together -- has been difficult. Smart Home
Although advanced metering infrastructure is becoming the norm for electric utilities across the United States, the associated energy-related products designed for residential consumers -- from smart thermostats to demand response apps -- are far from achieving mainstream adoption. The low demand for these offerings begs the question: Why should anyone want them? And, if the answer is uncertain, what might change in the coming years to turn the tide? Exclusive
Relationships can be good or bad, but if they start from a position of trust, people can find solutions to problems that they might not otherwise have found. Sounds like the advice of a good marriage counselor, but this expert was speaking to a different type of couple: energy-efficiency implementers and evaluators. Feature
Several years post American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant funding, many benefits of investments in smart grid technologies are being realized by consumers, including access to daily electricity usage data, email bill alerts, and power outage and restoration notifications via text message. These are just a few customer-facing benefits. Many noncustomer-facing benefits are being realized, too, including more efficient delivery of electricity through enhanced volt-var controls and reduced outage times through better devices and software. Enpowerment
IHS Technology is sharing insights it garnered at last week's DistribuTECH in a new Research Note, which contends that the focus of the conference illustrated "maturity of the utility technology market." I have a slightly different perspective. What I personally heard from several vendors was far from what I would call "mature." It was actually downright scary and more than a bit naïve.
Water is a limited resource, but recent advances in science and technology, and, in particular big data and the Internet of Things (IoT), provide opportunities to prevent its waste. By gathering detailed measurements and leveraging analytics, it is possible to develop an end-to-end picture of our water supply to safeguard its quality and security.
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