Newsletter – November 2013

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

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

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

Electricity Price per KWH

Year August September Trend % Change
2013 $0.137 $0.137 Same 0.00%
Year September Trend % Change % Since
2003 $0.098 Same 0.00% 0.00%
2004 $0.099 Increase 1.02% 1.02%
2005 $0.106 Increase 7.07% 8.16%
2006 $0.118 Increase 11.32% 20.41%
2007 $0.121 Increase 2.54% 23.47%
2008 $0.130 Increase 7.44% 32.65%
2009 $0.130 Same 0.00% 32.65%
2010 $0.132 Increase 1.54% 34.69%
2011 $0.135 Increase 2.27% 37.76%
2012 $0.133 Decrease -1.48% 35.71%
2013 $0.137 Increase 3.01% 39.80%

-EYE CATCHING
The stuff that has caught our eye…..

  • A report that the home energy management market is set to explode.
  • An article describing who will compete in the energy industry of the future.
  • An article illustrating the best way to prevent outages during a heat wave is to have a grid that can handle load reduction to the energy subscriber through demand response.
  • An article with viable recommendations of how to get consumers to adopt demand response.
  • An article explaining how the global economy sinks under its debts as the real cost of energy rises.
  • A report demonstrating that demand response is lacking customer participation.
  • A report that the smart thermostat market will grow tenfold by 2020.
  • A report finding energy efficient companies are growing in commercial influence.
  • An editorial on Hurricane Sandy in hindsight, considering how the grid could be protected from such extreme damage in the future.

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

OUR FIRST WEBINAR
GNU remotecontrol presented at the Smart Grid Educational Series on 31 October 2013. The series are hosted by Erfan Ibrahim, PhD. Dr. Ibrahim is the CEO of The Bit Bazaar, also serving as:
-Strategic Innovation Director of GridSTAR.
-Principal Consultant of the Energy Sector Practice for Scitor.

Over 70 people registered and over 40 people attended the event. The webinar is 1 hour 28 minutes in duration.

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…..

BUGS
We have 1 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 0 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…..

Z-WAVE
A presentation from the Black Hat Briefings – 2013 USA Conference describing hacking of Z-Wave Home Automation Systems.

TERRORISM: HOW VULNERABLE IS THE GRID?
An article describing an incident that brought the biggest damage to the energy industry yet and the object lesson that shutting down the grid is pretty easy.

REMEMBER
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.

-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!

Newsletter – October 2013

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

-TRENDS
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%

-EYE CATCHING
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.

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

RELEASE NEW VERSION
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.

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…..

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 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.

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

COMPROMISING INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES FROM FAR AWAY
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.

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

-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!

Launch of Blog

There has been discussion about doing some type of public information distribution for GNU remotecontrol, shy of a news release and shy of a mailing list that could end up in a L-O-N-G and protracted email thread. The discussion has determined a blog is the best way to deliver this information. Examples of this information include:

  • Changes that could be made to the code.
  • What it takes to make changes to the code.
  • How to make changes to the code.

Most importantly, the ability to get GNU remotecontrol users information that is pertinent, but not critically important to them. Simply stated, this blog is a very good indication of the DIRECTION we are headed with GNU remotecontrol.

This blog will have MONTHLY postings, in a newsletter style format.

WELCOME!

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