Commentary

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    Dec 04, 2012 | Joao Gomes
    I think that it is common sense that the definition and understanding of the problem is always the first step to creating a solution. The main obstacle to the implementation and development of an "Intelligent Network" is that it is designed, engineered and thought to be used by the "Consumer of the Future", but who must support and pay the "Bill" are the "Current Consumer".

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    Nov 29, 2012 | Michael John
    As European countries move closer to wide-scale adoption of Smart Metering technology, the need for a co-ordinated approach among product vendors, solution designers, communication technologists and individual utilities has never been clearer. If diverse technologies are to work together seamlessly, then standards for various aspects of the optimal system design are required.

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    Nov 13, 2012 | Jeff VanZwol
    The communications system -- which may include SCADA equipment, transceivers, and backup batteries - affiliated with a utility's Transmission and Distribution lines will require protection from the elements, thermal management to maintain the proper operating temperature ranges, and security to prevent malicious access and tampering.
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    Oct 25, 2012 | Harry Valentine
    While there is much interest in developing various forms of energy storage at the present day, the popular contemporary technologies involve high capital cost. Many researchers have actively been seeking alternative mobile and stationary technologies that involve lower capital costs. Part of this research has revolved around increasing the energy storage capacity of classical thermal energy storage technologies.

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    Sep 27, 2012 | Irshad James
    A Meter Data Management System (MDMS) is a key software component of any utility's smart grid advanced metering infrastructure. It has many moving parts that need to work together and communicate well in order to operate effectively and provide error-free and efficient performance.

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    Sep 25, 2012 | Jason Jungreis
    Electric vehicles (EVs) have numerous advantages, but of course they must be charged. How do you charge your EV if you live in a common interest development such as a condominium, community apartment project, or planned development, operated by a homeowners association (HOA)? California now has a law that requires HOAs to allow EVs to charge, and helps establish standards for this arrangement. This article will generally explore EV advantages and EV charging, and then focus on HOA EV charging requirements: installing a charging device requires certain steps, but they are common-sense and to the mutual benefit of all parties.

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    Sep 18, 2012 | Sambit Bisoi
    Google charges zero cents to use when we do a Google search or check our Gmail account or use Google maps, but still the company makes a lot of money. As we all know most Google's revenue is generated through personalized advertisement programs like 'AdWords' and 'AdSense'. When a user searches for something, Google stores the search predicates and maps them with the IP address of the computer.
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    Sep 04, 2012 | Jay Robinson
    There's a potential shift in the competitive landscape coming to the utilities market with it comes more options for the customer. Such a shift presents new challenges for utilities and creates the need for them to build customer loyalty and attract new prospects through effective communication strategies.

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    Aug 02, 2012 | Gambi Chiang
    Everyone knows the new construction market will concentrate in Asia in the next decade, but it is also a rapid growing place for smart buildings. From a latest report published by BSRIA, the smart building market will grow from the current size of US$ 427 billion to US$ 1,036 billion in 2020, creating vast opportunities for advance building technologies and services.

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    Jul 18, 2012 | Joao Gomes
    The Smart Grid Projects increases the Complexity of the energy sector, and that brings more rapid changes, and follow the definitions of these changes are an additional challenge for the energy sector.