A smart meter has a wireless networking interface and mesh networking software.
There’s $2 billion in stimulus money available for projects that seek to make components of the Smart Grid interoperable and vendor neutral.
The Federal Communications Commission released its National Broadband Plan on March 17. Among the larger issues addressed in the Plan is the use of wireless broadband to facilitate Smart Grid development.
Smart grid is a generic label for the application of computer intelligence and networking abilities to a dumb electricity distribution system. Smart grid initiatives seek to improve operations, maintenance and planning by making sure that all components of the electric grid can seamlessly exchange data. Smart Grid vocabulary is about electricity and power management, but it's also about networking, data management, data analytics, storage, security, customer communication and privacy. Continue...
OVERHEARD TALKING ABOUT SMART GRID TECH
"The overriding goal of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards is to ensure the bulk electric system is protected from cyberattacks." -- Ernie Hayden
SMART GRID IT ROUNDUP
Smart grid tutorial: What IT managers should know This smart grid tutorial explains what enterprise IT managers should know about the technology and how it will be applied to your business's wide area network (WAN).
Energy IT sees smart-grid boon for data storage The economic stimulus package set aside billions of dollars for smart grids and smart meters, and storage admins at early-adopter energy companies are already managing hundreds of terabytes and even petabytes of data. (SearchStorageChannel.com)
NIST, smart grid privacy and social networking for security pros The National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) has outlined a framework for building more intelligence and interoperability into the electrical system of the United States. (ITKnowledgeExchange.com)
Networking VARs could grab smart grid stimulus bill funding Given that the stimulus bill includes $54 billion for modernizing the nation's energy grid, VARs will have to take a second look at these opportunities, especially since these projects will depend on integrators for networking, storage and systems. (SearchNetworkingChannel.com)
Black Hat presenters to showcase smart grid security risks Smart grid technology opens a world of possibilities for energy conservation and efficient operations. Unfortunately, it is also creating great opportunities for smart grid hackers. (SearchSecurity.com)
Smart Grid Opportunities for Solution Providers Learn about the smart grid opportunities for solution providers from President Obama's stimulus package. (SearchITChannel.com)
Oracle takes the measure of smart metering technology Oracle appears poised to jump into the smart grid business, but instead of pursuing opportunities having to do with saving electricity, it will focus on water conservation. (SearchOracle.com)
HP 'grid vision' has users scratching their heads HP's product roadmap includes Reference Information Storage System (RISS), HP's archiving appliance and Scalable File Share (SFS), a global file system. (SearchStorage.com)
Cisco and Silver Spring Networks: A burgeoning rivalry to watch VARs and system integrators who are looking to build a smart grid practice will probably see Cisco as a natural partner, but Silver Spring might be a good prospect as well. (SearchNetworkingChannel.com)
NERC CSO warns of cybersecurity threats, risk to electric grid Addressing cybersecurity threats presents new challenges to utility companies and security executives. (SearchCompliance.com)
NIST, smart grid privacy and social networking for security pros The major benefit provided by the Smart Grid, i.e. the ability to get richer data to and from customer meters and other electric devices, is also its Achilles’ heel from a privacy viewpoint. (ITKnowledgeExchange.com)
How does SAP fit into plans for a Smart Grid? Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) is about to enable what the utilities industry calls the Smart Grid, an integrated system that will turn meters into two-way communication devices and that means a lot more data. (SearchSAP.com)