The Language of Smart City, part II

As in all Utopias, the right to have plans of any significance belonged only to the planner in charge. Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) Illustration: Oliver Munday In a…

The Language of Smart City, part I

We want our tools to sing of not just productivity but of our love of curiosity, the joy of wonderment, and the freshness of the unknown. —Eric Paulos, “Manifesto of Open Disruption and Participation” Illustration:…

NA utilities looking to cellular network for smart grid

In recent years, there has been an upsurge of interest in public cellular networks for smart grid communications, which is slowly gaining acceptance and momentum across the world, becoming as common as power line communications…

Utility X.0

Although tomorrow’s Utility X.0 will still depend heavily on central generation plants, it will also include more renewable generation, storage, distributed generation and electric vehicles. Utility X.0 will need to manage such widely distributed systems,…

Can Google speed the growth of smart thermostats?

During the recent smart grid frenzy, smart thermostats (also known as programmable communicating thermostats or PCTs) developed in popularity alongside announcements of ambitious smart meter rollouts and demand response (DR) programs. Smart thermostats utilize integrated…