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Smart Energy: What is the Risk?

Morgan Meier, Technical Support Specialist
Plixer International

Smart energy is a cost-effective and sustainable energy system in which renewable energy production, infrastructures, and consumption are integrated and coordinated through energy services, active users, and enabling technologies. Many energy companies are moving over to smart meters, which allow service providers to remotely monitor the consumer’s consumption, connect, and even disconnect power. Continue reading

CAN Versus Ethernet: Advantages, Disadvantages and Alternatives for Industrial Automation

Kent Lennartsson, Research Manager
Kvaser AB

In industrial automation settings, like manufacturing plants and assembly lines, computing systems are used to replace the need for human involvement in the decision-making process. For example, rather than having operators at a cola plant use a machine to fill soda bottles with the CO2 levels needed for correct carbonation, the machine itself can be programmed to complete this task. While some lament the limited human involvement, there are several advantages to this method of manufacturing, including: Continue reading

Security Analytics and Visualizations that Could Prevent a Ukraine-like Power Outage

Richard Jones, VP Grid Security – Bridge Energy Group
Shawn Fountain, Principal Consultant – Bridge Energy Group 

Most readers by now have probably heard about the early January announcement of malware found in a Vermont Utility.  To those familiar with the cyberattack induced power outages in the Ukraine in December 2015 that cut power to nearly 230,000 customers for several hours, this was not a surprise.[1] While the Ukraine event is the only publicized power outage from a cyberattack, there have been other successful cyberattacks to SCADA and industrial control systems risking our critical infrastructure that represent a clear warning signal for utility organizations.

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Three Critical Uses of Data for Off-Grid Telecom Power

Thomas Rahkonen, Chief Technology Officer & Vice President eCentre
Flexenclosure

Consumers in off-grid areas are rapidly increasing their use of mobile Internet services. At the same time they not only expect service to become more reliable, but they also want network coverage to expand and prices for mobile data plans to decrease too. This is a big ask for mobile operators struggling to achieve base station profitability when they have no access to a reliable power grid. So what’s the solution? Continue reading

The Fog is Getting Thicker

Alex Hardie, Principal
SDNNFV.net Labs

“…and Leon is getting larger!”

For the pop culture-savvy, this is a bit from the move “Airplane!”. For those in the industries of telecom and industrial process and control it’s a warning that fog computing has rolled in. It’s a gratuitous segue, but any reference to a line by Johnny is worth the effort, however clumsy. Continue reading

Building Up Resources

Legacy Building Solutions

The world’s need for energy is overwhelming, and fulfilling that need is obviously far from easy. It’s no wonder that so many different energy supplies – minerals, oil, solar, wind, water – are routinely tapped into, as no single source would be capable of sustaining our lives as we know them. Whether it involves a long-established resource or a brand-new technology, there almost always is significant effort, and financial investment, required to extract and utilize a given energy pipeline. Continue reading

Predicting Eruptions in the Masaya Volcano with Wireless Sensors

 Libelium

Volcanoes are one of the most unpredictable and impressive natural phenomenons. Worldwide researchers and scientists have always been trying to discover what happen inside volcanoes to predict future eruptions that will save lives. Their activity has provoked along years great disasters destroying entire settlements with lava flows and also endangering the environment or human health due to gas emanations or ash falls. Continue reading