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Smart Meter Communications Maker offers its IPO

Smart Meter Communications Maker offers its IPO

Many anticipated it would come and it has, the IPO of Silver Spring Networks is here. On July 7, the company filed to go public to raise $150 million. The Redwood City Calif.-based company, which provides meters, mesh radio network and software for end-to-end smart grid projects, has been a popular choice for utilities in the U.S. such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Florida Power & Light Company. Silver Spring notes that it has won contracts for more than 17 Read more [...]
The EV Race is On – Are We Ready? NEMA Responds

The EV Race is On – Are We Ready? NEMA Responds

The Race is on.  Interest is buzzing surrounding the potential future proliferation of Electric Vehicles (EVs). So many questions have day-to-day drivers and other potential consumers of this budding technology wondering: How convenient (or inconvenient) will it be to recharge an EV’s battery?  Will there be a quick charge option in addition to a regular charge with every EV vehicle? Is a quick charge quick enough? Is the range long enough for typical commuting needs? Are Read more [...]
Call for Campaign on the Benefits of Smart Meters

Call for Campaign on the Benefits of Smart Meters

The smart grid holds lots of promise.  It will allow money-saving dynamic, or demand-response, pricing of electricity, help utility companies anticipate strains on the electric-delivery system, and accelerate the integration of renewable-energy sources to help quell our insatiable oil-based energy appetite. But how do we sell the idea to users (consumers) and public utility commissions?In California, where some 10 million smart meters will be installed by 2012, some consumers have complained Read more [...]
NEMA – Working On A Heartbeat

NEMA – Working On A Heartbeat

More recently, the appearance of an equipment box with the symbol of a red heart and the letters “AED” are in hallways of schools and office buildings.  Do we know what the letters AED stand for?  It is an automated external defibrillator…An automated external defibrillator is a device that can be attached to your chest. It senses your heart's rhythm during cardiac arrest and, in some cases, delivers an electric shock to get your heart beating again.It is estimated that on average Read more [...]
ISO TC 145 Standard Sets the Stage for NYC Building Code Revisions that Came out of 9/11

ISO TC 145 Standard Sets the Stage for NYC Building Code Revisions that Came out of 9/11

In the aftermath of 9/11 as organizations worked to review precautionary measures and emergency response plans, NYC worked to revise its Building Code to address markings and signage to facilitate occupant egress guidance in the case of fire or other emergencies.  Committee developed consensus Standards play a key role in helping us respond to such challenges.  As an example, Graphical Symbols – Safety Signs – Safeway Guidance Systems (SWGS), ISO 16069, set the stage for the NYC Building Read more [...]
Tis the Season to Heed Safety

Tis the Season to Heed Safety

While many of us are in the mode of finding space to put away holiday presents, and storing away memories of our family gatherings, we take the time to reflect on the year past and start to plan goals and resolutions for the coming year.   In the midst of transition into the New Year I know that I and I suppose you have also paused to marvel at the technology now at our fingertips and how new and better stuff just keeps surfacing.   Holiday lights for example.  I remember Read more [...]