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November 13, 2012
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  News from the Grid 
  • Deep in the heart of Texas, Big Data meets the smart grid
    IBM is working with Oncor to provide Big Data analytics for the Texas electricity distribution company's 3.2 million smart meters. Oncor is using IBM's Informix database system to organize data from its advanced meters, machine-to-machine sensors and power lines, this article notes. InformationWeek (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Why demand response has yet to live up to its potential
    Designing power distribution systems that can intuitively adapt to shifting supply and demand is a critical step to boosting energy efficiency, but to date most efforts to advance so-called demand response solutions have been hampered by narrowly focused technology and fragmented marketing, some experts say. According to Kevin Klustner and Todd Greenwalt of Powerit Solutions, to close the gap, the DR community needs to focus on developing embedded solutions that are scalable across the emerging smart grid while targeting more energy intensive industries. Smart Grid News (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Management 
  • Grid modernization to drive push for new storage technologies
    The maturation of the smart grid will drive robust demand for new technologies that can capture, store and rapidly deploy surplus energy, according to a forecast from Pike Research. The market for so-called "spinning reserves" will grow by 40% through 2022 -- generating revenue of $578 million -- with "newer forms of energy storage" expected to play a larger role, the research firm said. (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • Reid may take a last shot at a cybersecurity bill this year
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to bring cybersecurity legislation to the floor in a last-ditch effort to reach a compromise before the year ends. Republican opponents of an earlier-rejected bill say they are no closer than they were in August to resolving the issues. But James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies says a try during the lame-duck session is still worth the effort as it could "shape the landscape for the next Congress." The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  UTC News 
  • Webinar on Nov. 15: Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management Overview
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently held a workshop on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM). ICT SCRM is an emerging discipline that addresses the risks from physically dispersed supply chain for ICT products and services to the organizations telecommunications and IT infrastructure. Organizations that acquire ICT products and services are often not aware of where the individual hardware and software components originate and how they were put together. This webinar will discuss ICT SCRM as a problem space and provide an overview of standards and best practices developed to date. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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