Smart Grid

  • Cisco gets tough: Details ruggedized switches for harsh environments

    Posted May 7, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    Cisco, which wants to expand its clout into the industrial networks used by power-generation utilities to support the electric grid, today announced an expansion of its "smart grid" portfolio with ruggedized and low-latency switches and other equipment intended for use in electric-power distribution systems.
  • Smart grid security inadequate, threats abound

    Posted January 4, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    Near chaos. That's the current state of security for smart grids, according to Pike Research.
  • Department of Energy mum on use of stimulus funds

    Posted May 9, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    Digging pretty deep into the SmartGrid Web site ( you can find some charts about which technologies have been installed to date, but nothing about what the stimulus was really supposed to do--create jobs.
  • Microsoft, Toyota to build telematics service

    Posted April 6, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    Microsoft and Toyota plan to use Windows Azure, the software giant's cloud offering, to build a telematics service that will initially serve people who have the car maker's electric and plug-in hybrid cars.
  • Edison taps Teradata for smart meter data

    Posted March 2, 2011 - 10:46 am

    A growing number of utility companies have begun implementing data warehousing and analytics technologies to handle smart grid data.
  • The lightbulb as I.T.

    Posted February 28, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    For almost 100 years, the lightbulb was simply a lighting device: when a current passed through it, photons came out. Over the last few decades, that has changed. The electronic ballast in a modern fluorescent fixture has almost as many power electronics in it as your cell phone. And, with the emergence of L.E.D.'s, the lightbulb will make the leap to full-fledged I.T. appliance, capable of intelligent automated control and energy management. That transformation is a microcosm of changes in all machines that we use to live our lives: cars are more CPU than engines; HVAC systems have more computing power than an old-fashioned IBM mainframe; and your television set has morphed into another access point for the Internet.
  • Wi-Fi, HomePlug groups to collaborate on smart grid, home energy apps

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 12:06 pm

    The Wi-Fi Alliance and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance plan to collaborate on applications that allow smart energy grids to interoperate with "connected" homes.
  • NIST Lays Out Spec to Turn Power Grid to Network Grid

    Posted October 15, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    The federal government has committed billions to enhancing national power grids to load balance, save power and, eventually, use the same cables to carry data and power.
  • Alliance pushes key piece of Smart Grid, mobile backhaul

    Posted September 29, 2010 - 11:30 am

    The Smart Grid and mobile backhaul networks need a key timing standard to work over Ethernet and IP – and ensuring that equipment meets the standard is the focus of a group formed today.
  • Cisco buys wireless smart grid company

    Posted September 2, 2010 - 2:54 pm

    Cisco this week said it will acquire Arch Rock Corporation, a privately held developer of IP-based wireless network technology for smart grids.
  • Cisco, Itron to jointly design smart energy grid communications

    Posted September 1, 2010 - 9:13 pm

    Cisco and utility metering company Itron have agreed to jointly develop a standards-based IP-based communications platform for smart energy grids.
  • Why Bill Gates is embracing clean tech

    Posted June 14, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    The IT links to clean technology get stronger by the day, and if the push in Washington by Bill Gates and others to get the federal government to triple its research and development spending succeeds, Silicon Valley is certain to benefit.
  • What if the smart grid has stupid security?

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 9:35 pm

    As I write this piece, the economic future of the Gulf coast region is dangling on a fragile thread over a fathomless abyss, as a volcanic eruption of oil threatens unprecedented and almost unimaginable consequences. Whether the cause of this tragedy is revealed to be human error, system failure, corporate malfeasance or terrorist attack, the event itself highlights the profound impact of infrastructure-related disaster.
  • IT is becoming ET (enterprise technology)

    Posted May 6, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, IT as we know it didn't exist. I'm talking of course about the 1980s, when what we call IT was generally called MIS (management of information services). MIS was about automating back-office functions such as accounting and payroll.
  • What can WiMAX bring to smart grid program?

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 10:03 am

    GE takes a look at what WiMAX can bring to smart grid technology.
  • Verizon part of smart grid technology team

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    Verizon Business has signed a deal to provide IT services for the CURRENT Group's brand of smart grid sensors and software.
  • Will Smart Grid power IPv6?

    Posted October 30, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    Could Smart Grid, the Obama Administration's effort to modernize the nation's electric grid, be the killer app for IPv6?
  • Wireless helps hone data center efficiencies

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Enterprise efforts to consolidate data centers and install virtualization software are taking a big bite out of the number of power-hungry application and storage servers required to support enterprise data. But after taking this critical first step, what else can you do to boost efficiency?
  • Report highlights Smart Grid security vulnerabilities

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 10:38 am

    A cybersecurity coordination task force released a report this week that assesses various security and privacy requirements for the U.S. Smart Grid, as well as strategies needed to address them.
  • M2M explained: The FarmQuest example

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 12:50 pm

    F2F, B2B, P2P, and now M2M. No, M2M is not one of the personal categories in Craigslist. It's machine-to-machine technology, an emerging field closely associated with smart grids.
  • Cisco forms smart grid ecosystem

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    Cisco is lining up partners in its smart grid initiative, an effort to upgrade utility information infrastructures with Cisco routers and switches.
  • City 2.0: Using tech building blocks in tomorrow's urban centers

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 9:24 am

    Ubiquitous wireless networks are already available in cities including Baltimore and Minneapolis, corporations such as Thomson Reuters have sustainable data centers that sell power back to the local utility, the smart energy grid is well on its way, and city-provided social networks are common. The next steps toward the city of tomorrow are all about integrating these services cohesively.
  • The Smart Grid

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 11:36 am

    What is the smart grid, when will it get here, and what difference will it make?
  • IEEE launches smart-grid standards project

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has launched a new project to create standards and interoperability for the so-called smart grid, an IT-driven upgrade of the electricity grid.
  • US agency moves toward smart-grid road map

    Posted April 8, 2009 - 4:47 pm

    NIST has hired a nonprofit consultancy to work on smart-grid interoperability and standards issues.

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