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thebulk 8/26/2014 | 12:33:51 PM
makes sense This makes a lot of sense for utility companies, if they can not mantain their own communications networks then outsourcing that piece is a good fit. 
jabailo 8/26/2014 | 1:15:46 PM
Networks as a Utility It could be the final evolution of the Internet, much as we did with water, energy, sewage, transportation, mail delivery...now digital communications.   Public Utility Districts in rural areas already supply optical broadband, in many cases at Gig speeds, faster than what commercial customers have been getting in cities!   

Also, there are many mobile applications that are data-only and need a low bandwidth, but pervasive system.  For example, keeping track of buses, where subscribing to phone networks would be prohibitive.

 
jasonmeyers 8/26/2014 | 1:57:12 PM
Re: makes sense Agreed - I just think it will be a matter of the communications decision-makers within the utility organizations trusting that a cloud-based managed service will meet their expections for reliability, security, etc.   
DHagar 8/26/2014 | 2:26:50 PM
Re: makes sense @jasonmeyers, which also assumes that they even understand what their needs are and how they are different with the smart grid.  Also, if they are going to outsource segments or the total function, as with the cloud, you won't get want you want if you don't know what you need.

 
bosco_pcs 8/26/2014 | 2:42:43 PM
Re: makes sense A minor nitpick, people should stop bolting 'aaS' on to everything as if rebranding will create markets!

Back to Smart Grid, it is interesting Echelon decided to get out of smart grid (a portion of it anyway) biz so it can focus on IIoT. Perhaps size matters and it sees writing on the wall, so it chooses to refocus its asset and it has nothing to do with smart grid viability
thebulk 8/26/2014 | 2:45:19 PM
Re: makes sense I am also a bit sick of seeing aaS on everything. But sometimes it does make sense.
MikeP688 8/26/2014 | 4:02:23 PM
Re: makes sense It is a "buzz" that gets old--for sure.   But I see no other choice as we have to deal with climate change and the changing dynamics of energy itself--including the continued challenge to traditional power genearting capabilities.    For instance, Lake Mead is at its' lowest level--and if it drops to 900 Ft I believe, the generators @ Hoover Dam will stop supplying electricity.   With San Ofore offline in California and a clamour to decommision the last working nuclear plant in California, there needs to be a radical rethink.  There is a big question indeed as to whether this will work--but there is hardly a choice.   Elements of it has already been happening with the installation of smart meters and ways to help control the flow of power as it is--but that can only so far.    
thebulk 8/26/2014 | 10:50:02 PM
Re: makes sense I think as explained here it has a good shot, but there can always be complications.
MikeP688 8/27/2014 | 12:05:21 AM
Re: makes sense Complications are part of change--but I view this as of those "Must Do's" in order to guarantee a reasonably decent energy future.    It is worth a shot.  
thebulk 8/27/2014 | 12:07:10 AM
Re: makes sense I agree, smart grids will be a key factor in securing the energy future of the planet.
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