April 5, 2015 1 Comment
- EYE CATCHING
- ANNUAL PLAN
- EXISTING CODE
|TRENDS … The stuff going on in the big picture now|
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|EYE CATCHING … The stuff that has caught our eye|
Smart Grid – Consumer
A national energy efficiency measure has passed the United States Senate. The legislation associated with energy at large has become so important AEE has started selling a service to assist with tracking this type of legislation. Another article about how business worries about energy waste seems to explain the call for legislation and a market segment to supply energy legislation information. The bigger picture is the concern involving the difficulty to understanding the regional cost of energy. Variable pricing by region is not unusual. What is unusual is the difficulty to understand pricing variability in the information age. Legislation forcing energy efficiency speaks to either a supply problem or a rising cost problem, or both. Regardless, the cost of available energy in the near future is of concern.
Smart Grid – Producer
A recent article explaining the difficulty involved to monetize the distribution grid is well-constructed. The itemized cost of operational versus capitalized is endless to any large scale project. The costs are tangibly the same, regardless of how they are split on an accounting statement.
Smart Grid – Security
A recent article regarding energy management combined with security for businesses helps to understand why any business can see energy consistency as a real concern for doing business. Consistency involves purchasing at a price not experiencing radical increases.
| ANNUAL PLAN
Status of our 2015 Plan
- We are in development stage.
- We are approximately 80% finished with development.
- We are prepared to immediately enter structured system testing, upon completion of development.
- We maintain our position to release a subsequent version, 2.1, within six months of releasing v2.0, as we do not want to delay MVC from being available to the general public.
- We are complete with the development stage.
- The system testing of this effort will occur during system testing of v2.0.
- Further discussions with the members of the electronics industry.
- Further work on the use-case for our firmware effort.
Talk to us with your comments and suggestions on our plan for the next year.
FREE HARDWARE DESIGNS
Stallman presents two articles on the concept of, “a design that permits users to use the design (i.e., fabricate hardware from it) and to copy and redistribute it, with or without changes.” The first article focuses on explaining the need for free hardware designs. The second article focuses on how to successfully accomplish free hardware designs. These articles match the position of our journey to design and build firmware for an internationally accepted residential network connected HVAC thermostat. This is an exciting time for GNU remotecontrol.
OTHER TYPES OF THERMOSTATS?
Many people have asked us about adding other types of thermostats to GNU remotecontrol. There are three questions that need to be answered before we can offer GNU remotecontrol support for any IP thermostat. These questions are:
- How to CONNECT to it (NETWORK).
- How to READ from it (CODE).
- How to WRITE to it (CODE).
It is our hope to have dozens and dozens of thermostat types that work with GNU remotecontrol. Let us know if you designed or manufactured a device and you would like to test it with GNU remotecontrol.
|EXISTING CODE … The stuff you may want to consider|
|SECURITY … The stuff you REALLY want to consider|
GNU remotecontrol relies on OS file access restrictions, Apache authentication, MySQL authentication, and SSL encryption to secure your data. Talk to us you want to find out how you can further strengthen the security of your system, or you have suggestions for improving the security of our current system architecture.
Whatever you do…..don’t get beat up over your Energy Management strategy. GNU remotecontrol is here to help simplify your life, not make it more complicated. Talk to us if you are stuck or cannot figure out the best option for your GNU remotecontrol framework. The chances are the answer you need is something we have already worked through. We would be happy to help you by discussing your situation with you.
…..UNTIL NEXT MONTH!