Postings tagged with: smart

Usman Sindhu| Oct 14, 2015

Recap of the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015– Utilities Perspective

We expect bold statements and ideas from Gartner Research. One feels rejuvenated with new ideas after attending electric keynotes at the Gartner Symposium. This year was impressive indeed. Analysts and guest speakers talked about how to become an agile IT enterprise embracing digital business. Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president, global head of research at Gartner, shared how companies will generate digital revenue from digital business. Companies like Williams-Sonoma changed their business ...

Usman Sindhu| Aug 31, 2015


Will Data Science Discipline Help Utilities Analytics Practices?

The answer to the above question is yes. At least all participants of Siemens Twitter Chat on July 22, 2015 did concur that data science is an important discipline for utilities to gain deeper insights into the data.  You can follow the conversation at #utilichat on Twitter. It was apparent from the Twitter Chat (#utilichat) that we have more questions about solving many challenges for utilities. Utilities do collect a lot of data and volume has increased in the past few years. Zpryme survey co ...

Usman Sindhu| May 27, 2015

Exploring Merits of the Transactive Energy Model

I recently attended a workshop hosted by GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) on transactive energy. The participants discussed developments of Transactive Energy in North America. There was discussion on how Transactive Energy concept is evolving and who can benefit from it. According to GWAC: “The term “transactive energy” is used here to refer to techniques for managing the generation, consumption or flow of electric power within an electric power system through the use of economic or market ...

Carolin Kieschnick| Mar 27, 2015

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Nah und Fern(wirktechnik): Vier Tage „Wasser International“ gehen zu Ende

Zeigten sich hoch zufrieden mit der Resonanz am Stand: Rolf Pillath, Petra Geiß und René Jacobs vom Siemens-Standteam (v.l.n.r.) Viele interessante Gespräche, wertvolles Feedback von Anwendern und eine tolle Atmosphäre vor Ort: Die Messe Wasser Berlin International war für Siemens ein voller Erfolg. Vom 24. bis 27. März trafen sich Experten aus aller Welt auf der führenden Fachmesse für die Wasserwirtschaft. Besonders groß war das Interesse an den Themen Fernwirktechnik und Prozessinstrumentier ...

Carolin Kieschnick| Mar 27, 2015

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Telecontrol and many more thrilling topics: Four days at Wasser International come to an end

Rolf Pillath, Petra Geiss and René Jacobs from Siemens' booth team (from left to right) were very pleased with the response at the booth. The Wasser Berlin International trade fair was a resounding success for Siemens with lots of interesting conversations, valuable user feedback, and a great atmosphere. Experts from around the globe gathered at this leading trade fair for the water industry from March 24 to 27. Telecontrol technology and process instrumentation attracted particularly strong in ...

Carolin Kieschnick| Mar 25, 2015


Wasser mit Zukunft: eine Frage von effizienter Technik 

Zwei Drittel der Erde sind mit Wasser bedeckt. Davon stehen nur 0,3% als Trinkwasser zur Verfügung. Angesichts der rasant wachsenden Weltbevölkerung muss etwas getan werden! Gefragt ist innovative Technik, mit der sich die Trinkwasserversorgung nachhaltig und effizient sicherstellen lässt. Unter dem Motto „Green Cities – Blaue Lösungen“ treffen sich internationale Experten vom 24. bis 27. März 2015 auf der Wasser Berlin International zu dieser Thematik – um Erfahrungen auszutauschen und sich übe ...

Usman Sindhu| May 30, 2014


Are you worried about the utility death spiral? Why not look at the innovation spiral?

A lot of news about the utility death spiral continues as solar adoption grows. Investors are also signaling for and worrying about expected changes in the utility business models. I find it exciting for the utility sector in two ways. First, the challenge presents an opportunity to create better regulatory models, which benefit consumers, and obliges utility companies to improve their brands. At the moment, utilities, especially in the regulated regions, have no incentive to become consumer foc ...

Usman Sindhu| May 16, 2014


What’s New and Upcoming in the Utility World - April 2014

The utility industry is a dynamic and ever-changing landscape with no shortage of topics to discuss. I'll be writing a recap each month of some interesting news shaping the utility industry, and I invite readers to contribute and share their thoughts as well. During April, the topics that were of most interest to me ranged from California legislation to utility mergers: 1. California Title 24 is set to begin in June 2014. According to this code, thermostats, HVAC systems, building automation sys ...

Usman Sindhu| Jan 21, 2014

DistribuTECH 2014 conference is approaching – What are your expectations?

Many utility professionals are getting ready to attend the DistribuTECH conference in San Antonio, Texas next week. This year’s DistribuTECH has a rich list of topics as always to keep us engaged. I’m sure, everyone has an eye on various themes impacting the utility industry in general and your job in particular. This year will be important for utilities to strengthen and reinvent their business models. Here’s a list of themes that I’ll personally be following during DistribuTECH: 1.    How util ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Dec 19, 2013

EcoGrid EU part 2: Lessons on engaging customers via the smart grid

On the Danish island of Bornholm, the Ecogrid EU smart grid demonstration project is providing valuable lessons in how utilities can engage customers to help everyone gain maximum benefits from smart grid technology. A 10 December IEEE Tech Insider webinar offered an overview of this project, including what Østkraft (the Danish utility based in Bornholm, which is in charge of Ecogrid EU) has been learning about engaging residential and business customers in the smart grid. Nearly 10% of all hous ...