Barbara, Securing the grid is one challenge but there's also the problem of installing new smart meters at residences, factories and plants. There's a lot of waste already in the system and I bet we could save more by adopting the latest technologies available for offsite monitoring and installing sensors to switch lights off and on depending upon usage patterns. Utilities and governments have to partner on securing the grid, I am eager to see the rollout of smart meters rather than continuing talk, which is what many of these utilities are still doing.
Smart Grid is a novel idea to cater the efficient utilization of energy. It also makes sure that the supply is always there. Any failure in any of the supply chain will be compensated through alternate channel. But I think it’s not so common in most of the countries.
Improving management and visibility is a definite part of progress in electric power distribution. Visibility and control encompassing the vast network of wallplug loads beyond the electric meter will introduce what is sure to be an overwhelming complexity to utility companies, which are used to keeping it simple.
As more people are taking advantage of green tech in the form of localized power sources--in some cases even charging back the utility for surplus power--more people may be increasingly independent of the grid. This doesn't set aside the need for smarter technology, but calls into question the need for a hub and spoke type of smart infrastructure.
All countries, but especially emerging countries as well under developed countries could benefit from smart metering. These countries still suffer from lack of regular power and continuous outages.Although they require proper infrastructure (which is also lacking), but smart metering could be extremely beneficial to balance and regulate power consumption.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.