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Smart housing trends evolving out of smart grid deployments

By Max Burkhalter
December 4, 2013

Smart grid adoptions are driving a secondary trend that is helping improve sustainability and reliable energy distribution across the country - smart housing. According to FierceSmartGrid, recent research indicates that smart housing adoption is on the rise, proportional to smart grid deployments by utility providers.

"Companies that provide smart housing equipment solutions are nowadays increasingly introducing user-friendly programming platforms that are used to deploy several self-help applications," an analyst on the report from Infinity Research told the source. "This helps further automate smart homes and improves their serviceability. Distinct programming helps end-users set controls to be switched on or off at specified times, thereby minimizing the need for human interference. These options are created through simple programming and require little prior training or expertise."

Infinity's report noted that the market for smart grid technology is expected to see a CAGR of 29.47 percent over the next few years, as many firms work to replace their aging power grid infrastructure.

With many local infrastructures being decades old, many providers are beginning to upgrade and implement improved technologies, such as terminal servers and serial to Ethernet converters, which allow for improved transmission of data as well as power across the grids. These enhancements provide the support for smart meters and other new hardware that reduces operating costs for the provider, as well as overall utility charges for consumers.

The need for updated systems helps many firms legitimize the cost of implementing smart grid deployments, but providers should also examine the savings and improvements found from energy generation, energy storage, power distribution and the introduction of cloud and wireless networking controls to their systems. Growth in these areas will generate overall savings, both from reduced costs and improved quality of service driving customer appreciation.

The more smart grids that are deployed across the nation, the better power consumption and energy storage will become, ensuring a sustainable power grid for years to come as we explore alternative power sources. The improvements needed will help drive utility providers into the next century and the internet age with skill and the support necessary to succeed. And consumers will appreciate the savings and improvements made toward reducing their carbon footprint that these changes will ensure.

Perle offers a range of cost effective serial-to-Ethernet converters to help meet NERC-CIP compliance for the protection of critical cyberassets in substations. The IOLAN SDS HV/LDC Terminal Server is designed to meet harsh environments associated with Power Substations with attributes such as support for substation AC and DC voltage ranges, extended operating temperatures and meeting emission, immunity and safety approvals associated with substation IT equipment.


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