Archive for July, 2010

Thin-Band RF Meshes

July 21, 2010

…I have been talking about the fact that narrow-band network solutions for the grid (e.g RF Mesh) are not able to deliver real-time data needs, do not support 100% Internet Protocol, do not have performance management tools, are not built with open standards, and cannot be integrated with complex systems (e.g. SCADA/EMS, solar PV panels, electric vehicles, electric charging equipment, and energy storage equipment)...”  Andres Carvallo, former CIO, Austin Energy

What happened…

The Data Blizzard

July 20, 2010

–>A new and unprecedented volume of data is coming your way

You can either plan for it, and figure out how to secure it before the deluge starts, or you can simply let it all come and hope that the sheer volume of it will bury the evidence of your obvious lack of security forethought. –>Smart Grid Security Blog, 01 June 2010

Once again, it should be emphasized that the network is the first to be hit:  Take a look at what your network’s in for…

SG Security and RF Meshes…20Jul10 [gbcn]

The Home Area Network — No. 1 Reliability

July 20, 2010

…In a Home Area Network (HAN) panel, after lots of discussion on new functionality for homeowners and their utilities and service providers, a man stood up, and, addressing CEOs from HAN start-ups, spoke with authority: “I see your focus is on new Smart Grid functionality and capabilities. But remember: reliability trumps everything. Don’t forget it.” He’s right of course, and it was a sobering moment...” –>Smart Grid Security Blog – May 24, 2010

The Home Area Network, fostered by the new ITU-T G.hn standard, must address the reliability of the Internet connection, the cable television service, the smart grid requirements, and the telephone communications imperative.  All these services are needed for the successful HAN business case.

Gauteng Doesn’t Have to Fumble Broadband…

July 9, 2010

Gauteng broadband project ‘faces axe’

The South African province, containing Johannesburg and Pretoria, approved the  multibillion integration of existing network infrastructure to provide cheaper access to broadband Internet services.  The government intended to spur economic development and attract more business investment.  After building the R 20 billion GAUTRAIN, there is not a cent left for this project.

Meanwhile, GBCN’s partner, TWU Broadband Communications, has formally offered to fund, build, and operate Power Grid Networks on the local electricity distribution grids of the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) and Ekurhuleni (an even larger adjoining municipality).

These Power Grid Networks will provide smart grid management services and broadband communications for end-users, customers, as well as all cellular carriers operating in these Municipalities.

The RSA government has touted the need for “public / private partnerships” to bring private sector solutions to infrastructure problems.

Well, here it is…

…The People They Serve…?

July 1, 2010

Quote from SMART GRID TODAY:  “…Consumers are failing to understand the value of the smart grid, and some essential technology can actually get in the way of helping them gain that understanding, Erich Gunther, administrator of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), told us yesterday.   In technical meetings with Southern California Edison and other players this week, “one topic that keeps coming up is just how important it is to spell out the value of the smart grid for consumers,” Gunther said.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Whether the backlash against the smart grid is justified or  not, the consumer is obviously not  understanding its value.–Erich Gunther, administrator of the  Smart Grid Interoperability Panel…”

In the classic buyer-seller relationship, the seller presents a clear value proposition to the prospective buyer, and the buyer decided whether or not to purchase.

The Smart Grid’s systemic value is illusory, because it can only be understood by a rate-payer in terms of a series of limited and well-defined retail value propositions.  This rate-payer, free to say yes or no, must be convinced by this value proposition to say yes.

One solution at a time.