Newsletter – October 2013


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

US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, current and past average…..

Electricity Price per KWH

Year July August Trend % Change
2013 $0.137 $0.137 Same 0.00%
Year August Trend % Change % Since
2003 $0.098 Same 0.00% 0.00%
2004 $0.100 Increase 2.04% 2.04%
2005 $0.105 Increase 5.00% 7.14%
2006 $0.118 Increase 12.38% 20.41%
2007 $0.121 Increase 2.54% 23.47%
2008 $0.132 Increase 9.09% 34.69%
2009 $0.130 Decrease -1.52% 32.65%
2010 $0.133 Increase 2.31% 35.71%
2011 $0.135 Increase 1.50% 37.76%
2012 $0.133 Decrease -1.48% 35.71%
2013 $0.137 Increase 3.01% 39.80%

The stuff that has caught our eye…..

  • An article from the Edison Electric Institute, regarding the financial implications and recommended strategic responses to the changing retail electric business.
  • An article from the BBC, about increasing energy bills for the elderly.
  • An article from the Wall Street Journal, illustrating the free market is the best generator of energy efficiency.
  • An article from the Wall Street Journal, explaining why energy efficiency is about to take major leap forward.
  • An article from the Wall Street Journal, describing how energy dashboards are entering the office cubicle.
  • An article from the Wall Street Journal, informing what and how utilities try to learn from smart meters.

The stuff we are talking about now…..

We released our first upgrade at the end of September. We are very happy with the SORTING and GROUPING functionality that is now added to the Thermostat Profile table. This new functionality makes it easier and faster to manage large numbers of thermostats. Talk to us if you have any further questions on this version release.

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.

The stuff you may want to consider…..

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.

We have 0 new tasks and 7 completed tasks since our last Blog posting. Please review these changes and apply to your GNU remotecontrol installation, as appropriate.

The stuff you REALLY want to consider…..

A presentation from the Black Hat Briefings – 2013 USA Conference describing how to compromise industrial facilities from 40 miles away.

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.

An article illustrating higher security risks for companies with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, due to weaknesses in anti-phishing programs.

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.


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