Newsletter – June 2013

THIS MONTH…..
-TRENDS
-DISCUSSIONS
-EXISTING CODE
-SECURITY
-LASTLY

-TRENDS
The stuff going on in the big picture now…..

  • AquaSmart will manufacture and market an energy-saving, remote control system for electric water heaters. The system includes a thermostat-style wireless transmitter that can be installed next to a home’s regular heating-cooling thermostat and a receiver that is wired into the water heater itself.
  • The introduction of energy smart meters in 30 million UK homes will be delayed for more than a year, because the industry needed more time to design, build, and test the communications’ system required.
  • Experts say smart meters need to be harder to hack, raising concerns about lack of addressing multiple attack vectors and the potential strategic vulnerability of a nation’s entire power grid.
  • A smart energy project to create software for in-home displays is piloted at Southampton University, to discover if software can change our energy habits.
  • A set of calculations for the processing power used to mine for new Bitcoins show a staggering amount of energy usage. An additional article finds Bitcoin is facing fresh scrutiny after a report revealed the power requirements of the currency’s miners. This provides evidence that computing infrastructure is becoming an increasingly significant part of the world’s energy demand.

-DISCUSSIONS
The stuff we are talking about now…..

ACCESSIBILITY
We are capturing additional display requirements that tablet computers and smart phones place on the GNU remotecontrol interface. A new version release with improvements in the code will follow soon. Laws addressing the need to provide web accessibility of web pages and support for assistive technologies are influencing our code development.

-EXISTING CODE
The stuff you may want to consider…..

BUGS
We have 0 new bugs and 0 fixed bugs since our last Blog posting. Please review these changes and apply to your GNU remotecontrol installation, as appropriate.

TASKS
We have 12 new tasks and 0 completed tasks since our last Blog posting. Please review these changes and apply to your GNU remotecontrol installation, as appropriate.

-SECURITY
The stuff you REALLY want to consider…..

NIAGARA VULNERABILITY
A vulnerability in the Tridium Niagara AX Framework allows an attacker to remotely access the system’s config.bog file, which holds all of the system’s configuration data, including user-names and passwords to log in to operator work stations and gain control of the systems that are managed by them.

-LASTLY
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!

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One Response to Newsletter – June 2013

  1. Pingback: Newsletter – January 2015 | GNU remotecontrol

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