Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of the Week: July is Big Data Month

OX 5 Automated Demand Response Update: The Speakers at the July 9-11, 2013, National Town Meeting for Smart Grid + Demand Response in Washington DC, represent the Who’s Who of the Demand Response and Smart Grid Worlds.

Of special interest are the Griddie Awards and the Demand Response 2.0 Roundtable, which will talk about the present state of DR from a variety of standpoints: technology, policy, business models, etc. It will discuss both wholesale and retail DR, and will attempt to identify what is next on the development and implementation path for DR and what it might mean for utilities.


Featured panelists include: Jon Powers (Federal Environmental Executive, White House Council on Environmental Quality), Catherine Sandoval (Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission), Cris Eugster (EVP, Chief Strategy & Technology Officer, CPS Energy), Gregg Dixon (Senior VP of Marketing and Sales, EnerNOC), Gary Fromer (Senior VP – Energy Management Programs, Constellation), Matt Rogers (Founder and VP of Engineering, Nest).

IT Security: As a reminder, the two-part June TridiumTALK focused on keeping Niagara systems secure is still available and recommended for review. These informative sessions will help Niagara users enhance the security of their Niagara-based systems:

Part 1 – Niagara Security Part 1 focuses on basic Niagara security concepts. Led by Tridium’s Global Training Manager, Gerard Huff, this session reviews important basic information intended to keep a Niagara system secure.

Part 2 – Niagara Security Part 2 focuses on more advanced Niagara security concepts. Bill Smith, lead software engineer for security development, will lead Part 2 of this discussion. Bill has worked for Tridium as a software engineer since 2000 and is the lead developer of many of the security aspects in the recently released NiagaraAX3.7.

Big Data: According to IT World, July is Big Data Month! Well, sure. Go to Wikibon site and see why.

wikibonThe Big Data market is on the verge of a rapid growth spurt that will see it near the $50 billion mark worldwide within the next five years. The analysis in this in-depth research report highlights Wikibon’s five-year forecast for the Big Data market as a whole as well as vendor revenue estimates. It includes full analysis of the leading market growth catalysts and advice for enterprise CIOs and business leaders looking to capitalize on Big Data and business analytics.

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Good Thermostat Read: July, 2013 “Communicating Thermostats for Building Retrofit Applications” by Casey Birmingham, Project Manager with The Falcon Group. Communicating thermostats create a new potential for old HVAC equipment that would typically be left as-is for the remainder of its useful life. As of 2010, the total U.S. building stock was approximately 275 billion square feet, the vast majority of which is regulated by thermostats.


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