The rise of microgrids, while not inevitable, is a natural next step in the
progression of smart grid technology. As automation, data collection and
transport, and monitoring capabilities have grown into standard smart grid
technologies, companies, military bases, small towns and even cities are
tapping into the possibilities for self-sustaining microgrids.
What are Microgrids?
Microgrids are, essentially, self-contained local energy grids. In most
instances, they are attached to the greater grid (macrogrid), but can
disconnect if necessary for autonomous operation. In other scenarios, they
are local grids powered by alternative energy means. For instance, according
to a 2014 article from Navigant Research, Alaska leads the world in
microgrid deployment due to the small communities that rely almost
exclusively on local energy – in some cases, 100 percent renewable en... (more)
With cybersecurity on the everyone's mind, 2017 will be see the emergence of
True Fog Computing and Programmable / Intelligent Edge Devices with the
strongest security measures to-date.
As 2017 kicks into full gear and a particularly interesting 2016 fades into
the rearview mirror, we took a look around the IIoT landscape to see what
this year might potentially have in store. We will be unveiling five
IIoT-related predictions throughout this week and into next, so stay tuned
and let us know what you think!
For a rundown of how our 2016 bold predictions fared, check out the recap ... (more)
The Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, has fundamentally transformed the
way organizations not only conduct business in their current day-to-day
operations, but also has changed the way businesses plan for the future. The
explosive growth in data, and the corresponding business decisions driven by
that data, is causing a massive ripple effect through the industry and is
driving hyper-growth in software, hardware, cloud services, security and
integration platforms. Here are some of the recent headlines in IIoT that are
shaping the landscape.
IIoT’s Growth Shows No Signs of S... (more)
Oil companies use high-tech radios for production site automation in cool
new ways. Competition in oil production can get pretty ugly, especially when
the price of oil is low, as it has been for the past several years. To stay
competitive against big players, smaller regional oil and gas companies are
turning to well-pad automation practices to keep their costs low and their
production reliable and steady.
What is well-pad automation, you ask? Well, to put it simply, it’s the
deployment of technology that monitors, measures and manages the production
and storage of oil and gas a... (more)
Fog Computing is being touted as the data communication solution our
Internet of Things (IoT) devices are asking for by bringing the power of
cloud computing closer to the end user. The fact is, the number of connected
devices is going to continue to grow exponentionally. In fact, Gartner
predicts that by 2020 IoT will include 26 billion connected things. Consider
the impact that amount of data collected and processed will have.The
Naturally, with billions of devices all connected to the cloud for
manufacturing, oil and gas, utilities, municipalities and enterprise, to... (more)