Commentary

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    Dec 03, 2014 | Gordon Feller
    There's much debate about the potential value of the Internet of Things (IoT). But what is it really?
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    Dec 02, 2014 | Joyce Tam
    When a public works truck recently broke down in blizzard conditions during snow removal in a suburb of Boston, dispatchers knew exactly where to find the vehicle. That's because the public works department uses fleet management with telematics that tracks the progress of their fleet and crew in the field.
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    Nov 28, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    There's one thing you probably don't know about Apple. The information technology conglomerate was ranked 48th on Newsweek's Greenest Companies of America list this year. To put that in perspective, of the six million businesses registered in the United States, only 47 are considered "greener" than Apple. You've got to admit that's impressive.
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    Nov 26, 2014 | Trilochan Sahoo
    Smart Grid connectivity continues to gain momentum as global utilities embrace the technology and invest in the infrastructure. Bulk of the investment is seen in replacing manual read, AMR meters with Smart Meters, capable of two-way communication.
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    Nov 25, 2014 | Joyce Tam
    Over the last decade, field service organizations have been overwhelmed by the relentless flow of information coming in from multiple sources, in various formats and through an array of tools so it's no surprise they don't know what to do with this information.
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    Nov 24, 2014 | James Mater
    Let's begin under the premise that you (end-user, utility, aggregator, etc.) want to acquire technology from different vendors, specify the communications interface between products and have all such products install and work together easily and quickly (similar to adding a new printer to your PC - sometimes it's called "plug and play").
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    Nov 21, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    Ripping open a heating bill during the height of the holiday season is worse than unraveling a string of twinkle lights. Since when does it cost more to heat a 600-square-foot apartment than it does to feed a family of eight? Alright, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I'm sure that's how most of us feel during the winter months.
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    Nov 20, 2014 | Paul Rosengren
    A little over a year ago, PSEG launched an employee electric car incentive program. As part of the program, the company set aside 13 spots at its Newark, New Jersey headquarters for electric cars. Participants would get free charging and free parking (important in Newark) guaranteed for three years (matching the length of a car lease).
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    Nov 18, 2014 | PJ Davis
    On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy moved in on the Jersey shore. Local and national crews rallied to restore power to over 2 million. Impressively, power companies managed to cut that number by almost half in just under a week. Two years later, utilities across north America continue to asked themselves 'Are we ready for the next time?'.
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    Nov 14, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    To assist our readers who are looking to become experts at managing their facility's energy consumption, we turned to Hines Interests Limited Partnership, which has one particular technique that not only leads to lower energy bills, but also a personalized check in the mail.