GridComm: Smarter Grids


Streetlights were considered a big improvement over gas lamps when they were first introduced in the late 19th century. And since then, not much has changed, other than the addition of more streetlights as cities and towns grew and different kinds of bulbs. But streetlights do account for about 40% of a city's electricity budget, which can amount to tens of millions of dollars a month for la... » read more

Power Management Techniques For Smart Grid Devices


Energy efficiency is a top concern among developers building connected devices for the smart grid. Initially, the application-centric approach to building a device was used. But today, with sophisticated hardware power management features available on most modern processors, this is no longer the case. What’s needed is an OS-level approach that allows developers to take advantage of the full ... » read more

Making Smart Grids Safe


There is little doubt that an intelligent power grid is not only desirable, but necessary in today’s power hungry world. As the global power grid veins its electric tentacles into the farthest reaches of the ecosystem, being able to allocate and monitor what power is needed, where and when will be the model going forward. There are a lot of issues that face the deployment of a smart grid ... » read more

Smart Grid Security


Smart energy is an all-inclusive term that refers to upgrading the energy grid so it can support bi-directional flow of energy and data. Such an endeavor involves adding connectivity, communication, and security features not only to the smart grid but to the many devices connected to a smart grid. But how do you ensure all devices on the network are secure? This paper looks into two key softwar... » read more

Power Management Techniques For Smart Grid Devices


Energy efficiency is a top concern among developers building connected devices for the smart grid. Initially, the application-centric approach to building a device was used. But today, with sophisticated hardware power management features available on most modern processors, this is no longer the case. What’s needed is an OS-level approach that allows developers to take advantage of the full ... » read more