Newsletter – December 2016

THIS MONTH…..

  • TRENDS
  • EYE CATCHING
  • DISCUSSIONS
  • WORK PACKAGE PHASES
  • PROJECT NEEDS
  • EXISTING CODE
  • LASTLY
TRENDS

United States Electricity Price per KWH
Present and Past

EYE CATCHING

Demand Response
Google Home is expected to overtake Amazon’s Smart Echo by 2020. A review of Google Home found almost as many positive features as negative. The expected United Kingdom release date for the offering is November 2016. An article recently asserted the need for high-speed Internet to accomplish integrating the Smart Grid, as Smart Grid development lags behind in rural areas. The FERC said they, “are taking a more “open” avenue instead of a piecemeal approach” for deciding market power matters regarding the buying and selling of electricity. Nest is operating a field test of fifty-thousand thermostats running concurrently. Austin, Texas now requires Smart Thermostats in all new home construction. The requirement does not clearly distinguish homeowner rights. Note the language contained in the ordinance on page four, section C403.2.18 and page five, section C405.2.6. The text of this ordinance passes all security responsibility to the OpenADR protocol.

The race to bring the residential premises into the Smart Grid is accelerating. The Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP) is a developing technology standard for enabling simple devices to communicate with the Internet. It is likely CoAP will intersect with existing security protocols soon. It is unclear how security will be handled by CoAP. The opportunity cost to build the Smart Grid without clearly defined technology standards embracing adequate network security is a high price for any nation to pay. The cost is the expense of the residential premises. A single security incident would vacate much forward momentum of Smart Grid integration. The Austin mandate to not only require residential construction to allow access into the home by the electrical utility but also mandate control is clear evidence of how much force is being applied to bring the residential premises into the Smart Grid.

Smart Grid – Security
A vulnerability existing for over a decade in OpenSSH has led to today’s Internet of Things devices being used in targeted attacks. The reason is the devices are not being updated with the latest version of software. A recent study of taking the residential premises connected to the Smart Grid and using it as a weapon to harm the Internet was presented. The findings show bringing the Internet to a slower transfer rate is not only possible but has occurred.

The connectivity of a device to the Internet is neither good nor bad. It is a risk which must be managed. The risk is soon to be regulated by more examples of the Austin requirements, as previously stated.

DISCUSSIONS

Firmware
GNU remotecontrol shared earlier this year we have entered the firmware aspect of the residential network connected HVAC thermostat (smart) thermostat. We are in the process of selecting a kernel distribution. The research is going slow, but the work is progressing. An outcome of our efforts so far has highlighted the need to structure the many inquiries and discussions about establishing strategic partnerships with GNU remotecontrol and the need to also establish technology alliances.

Partnerships and Alliances
GNU remotecontrol is at the point of leveraging for-profit organizations to establish both strategic partnerships and technology alliances. The discussions have shown us there are two barriers to the economic side of our growth plan as a software project. First, the financial versus technological relationship. Second, the small amount of system thinking on the part of our applicants. The findings clearly demonstrate the inability to achieve conceptual thinking by establishing productive agreements.

The goal of a for-profit organization to prioritize the financial aspect of the relationship is fair but suffers the ability to come to an agreement when the financial aspect is the dominant factor in the negotiations. The goal of not wanting to be a part of system thinking is not fair, as the software project is a system. The insufficient amount of conceptual thinking on the part of many applicants seeking to form either a partnership or an alliance with GNU remotecontrol requires us to refine our application process further. GNU remotecontrol must gain a more concise understanding during early discussions of applicant’s goals and objectives in their desire to form either a partnership or an alliance with GNU remotecontrol. This understanding will help reduce our time spent in discussions with applicants who are not a productive match for the software project.

WORK PACKAGE PHASES

GNU remotecontrol accomplishes productive work output through structured work packages. This approach helps to organize our efforts and keep things on track to achieve publishing our work. We have ten different phases for our work packages.

GNU remotecontrol Work Package Phases

Order Label Name
1 REQ Requirements
2 DSG Design
3 DEV Development
4 UNT Unit Testing
5 SYS System Testing
6 UAT User Acceptance Testing
7 DOC Documentation
8 RLS Release
9 TRN Training
10 SPT Support

The GNU remotecontrol team does not perform any work output outside of structured work packages.

PROJECT NEEDS

Staffing
GNU remotecontrol Project Help Wanted

https://savannah.gnu.org/people/?group=remotecontrol

New 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.

EXISTING CODE

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

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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Newsletter – September 2016

THIS MONTH…..

  • TRENDS
  • EYE CATCHING
  • DISCUSSIONS
  • WORK PACKAGE PHASES
  • PROJECT NEEDS
  • EXISTING CODE
  • LASTLY
TRENDS

United States Electricity Price per KWH
Present and Past

EYE CATCHING

Demand Response
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy announced their latest report the United States has moved from thirteen to eight in global positioning regarding efficiency rankings over the past two years. A product review reported Schneider Electric’s Wiser Air thermostat has gained energy consumption analysis improvements. Nest has simplified accessing time-of-use electric plans. An article shared numerous complaints have been filed by states accomplishing energy efficiency policies juxtaposed against the federal position on wholesale energy authority. A study finding smart thermostat revenue is expected to quadruple in the next ten years. An article finding the smart home will take longer to mature due to, “a lack of standardisation (sic) means that gadgets from different firms cannot communicate with each other.” A case study of setting an office ambient temperature for the occupants to find comfort. An article finding utility stocks are more financially dangerous than they appear.

The money to fund both the smart grid and the smart home is clearly turning over at faster money velocity with each passing month. The associated products and services for sale are more prevalent with each day, too. The unwillingness to either define a comprehensive standard or adhere to an agreed upon standards set is stupefying this market sector and subsequently the energy industry. The reason is mostly from the unwillingness to bear the risk involved with interoperability. This unwillingness suffers the ability to establish a system. There are isolated pieces of success but nothing close to a smart grid or a smart system running a home.

Smart Grid – Security

EE Times reported the JupiterMesh project is growing in capabilities. Oddly, JupiterMesh reports it is based on, “IEEE 802.15.4e/g media access control and physical layers” and supports, “IETF security protocols such as PANA, EAP-TLS and HIP-DEX for network access authentication and key distribution, and AES-128-CCM-based message authentication and encryption” but does not explain how they accomplish providing security to the network and transport layers. The ZigBee position is they are not responsible for these later layers. The absence of layer-to-layer security is a critical design flaw in this technology model.

An article reporting the United States Department of Energy has spent thirty-four million USD for improved information technology security associated with the national electrical grid while the FERC has requested comments regarding a new set of technologies standards. A recently released book explains how to infiltrate many technologies related to the Internet of Things concept.

Clearly, those involved with the security aspect of the smart grid are the most popular in this market segment. The ability to access smart grid technologies is so concise a book has been written and commercially published instructing how to violate these technologies. The existing grid cannot be protected fast enough while more technologies are implemented to make the grid more intelligent. The result is less security of the existing national electrical grid.

DISCUSSIONS

FIRMWARE
GNU remotecontrol shared earlier this year we have entered the firmware aspect of the residential network connected HVAC thermostat (smart) thermostat. We are in the process of establishing strategic partnerships to further this effort of the software project. The discussions are going well. Stay tuned for more information.

WORK PACKAGE PHASES

GNU remotecontrol accomplishes productive work output through structured work packages. This approach helps to organize our efforts and keep things on track to achieve publishing our work. We have ten different phases for our work packages.

GNU remotecontrol Work Package Phases

Order Label Name
1 REQ Requirements
2 DSG Design
3 DEV Development
4 UNT Unit Testing
5 SYS System Testing
6 UAT User Acceptance Testing
7 DOC Documentation
8 RLS Release
9 TRN Training
10 SPT Support

The GNU remotecontrol team does not perform any work output outside of structured work packages.

PROJECT NEEDS

Staffing
GNU remotecontrol Project Help Wanted

https://savannah.gnu.org/people/?group=remotecontrol

New 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.

EXISTING CODE

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

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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Newsletter – June 2016

THIS MONTH…..

  • TRENDS
  • EYE CATCHING
  • DISCUSSIONS
  • WORK PACKAGE PHASES
  • PROJECT NEEDS
  • EXISTING CODE
  • LASTLY
TRENDS

United States Electricity Price per KWH
Present and Past

EYE CATCHING

Demand Response
An article reporting Opower is financially declining, the press release Oracle purchased Opower, and the statement Opower reads sixty million utility end customers. A press release announcing Johnson Controls has sold their integrated demand response business unit. A white paper offering utilities a five-step blueprint to successfully managing distributed resources. An article to identity who remains in the next generation energy distribution industry. An article considering the financial merit of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. An announcement Weather Bug has launched a residential energy efficiency program along with an optional offering to normalize data.

GNU remotecontrol has stopped tracking the number of Smart Grid projects launched in the past six months. The numbers are staggering to consider. The industry experiencing a large number of mergers and acquisitions, along with considerable financial expenditure in the past decade, provide abundant evidence many financial currencies are moving at a rapid velocity in the energy distribution and efficiency segments. Substantial electronics supplier shifts and security compromises are also occurring.

Nest
We devote a section of focused communication in this newsletter edition regarding Nest Labs by considering their organizational structure. Nest announced they have over fifty business partners provided valued-added offerings to residential customers. Greg Duffy accused Tony Fadell of “insulting” Dropcam employees who had joined Nest as part of the takeover. An article considered if Nest is going to survive in light of their organizational strategy. The announcement Fadell has resigned came with both scrutiny and concern.

The electronics industry designs and manufactures HVAC thermostats. The absence of an internationally accepted technology standard for the residential network connected HVAC thermostat prohibits interoperability across technology implementations. Our June 2014 edition addressed Dynamic Demand Response. We have repeatedly addressed the need to develop an internationally accepted technology standard for the residential network connected HVAC thermostat. If the dominant player in the residential network connected HVAC thermostat arena cannot successfully operate their organization, then the market will experience a new dominant player. The resulting market shifts will ripple into waves.

Smart Grid – Consumer
An article reporting 2007 and 2015 residential power sales accounted for 37.7% of all retail electricity sales with a 1.1% sales decrease in 2015. An article identifying massive strides accomplished by Singapore for establishing a Smart City. Both the UK and Australia have launched new Smart Grid efforts.

Smart Grid – Producer
The International Trade Associations 2016 Smart Grid Top Markets report ranks thirty-four international markets in terms of growth potential for the United States Smart Grid industry. The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a consolidated case examining state incentives to construct new power plants and whether those incentives would distort federal power markets under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee. This case does not seem to redefine the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee but could based upon the case ruling.

Smart Grid – Security
The documented events of a team compromising electrical grid security with a video overview. The Energy Systems Integration group presented insecure field devices on the Smart Grid involving risks, damage potential, and practical solutions by using the Ukraine and Crimea security compromises as an example. The United States Congress held hearings on Smart Grid security to understand the US position in light of the Ukraine and Crimea events. The hearings have determined the utility industry members saying it is a matter of several hours to a few days to resolve the type of attack experienced by Ukraine and Crimea. The same hearings found the information technology industry members saying it is a matter of several days to a few weeks to resolve the type of attack experienced by Ukraine and Crimea. The differences between hours, days, and weeks show the utility and information technology industries are not in agreement.

DISCUSSIONS

RELEASED
GNU remotecontrol version 2.0 is released. Announcements were made by both email and news postings. The user manual explains the many improvements and new features. We identified in the March 2016 newsletter edition the next steps for the software project. The combined legislative, court, and market events leave no doubt the desire for interconnection of residential HVAC thermostats will become commonplace.

WORK PACKAGE PHASES

GNU remotecontrol accomplishes productive work output through structured work packages. This approach helps to organize our efforts and keep things on track to achieve publishing our work. We have ten different phases for our work packages.

GNU remotecontrol Work Package Phases

Order Label Name
1 REQ Requirements
2 DSG Design
3 DEV Development
4 UNT Unit Testing
5 SYS System Testing
6 UAT User Acceptance Testing
7 DOC Documentation
8 RLS Release
9 TRN Training
10 SPT Support

The GNU remotecontrol team does not perform any work output outside of structured work packages.

PROJECT NEEDS

Staffing
GNU remotecontrol Project Help Wanted

https://savannah.gnu.org/people/?group=remotecontrol

New 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.

EXISTING CODE

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

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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Newsletter – March 2016

THIS MONTH…..

  • TRENDS
  • EYE CATCHING
  • DISCUSSIONS
  • WORK PACKAGE PHASES
  • PROJECT NEEDS
  • EXISTING CODE
  • LASTLY
TRENDS

United States Electricity Price per KWH
Present and Past

December January Trend % Change
$0.133 $0.134 Increase 0.75%

 

Year January Trend % Change % Since Difference
2006 $0.108 Same 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
2007 $0.113 Increase 4.63% 4.63% 4.63%
2008 $0.116 Increase 2.65% 7.41% 2.78%
2009 $0.126 Increase 8.62% 16.67% 9.26%
2010 $0.124 Decrease -1.59% 14.81% -1.85%
2011 $0.125 Increase 0.81% 15.74% 0.93%
2012 $0.128 Increase 2.40% 18.52% 2.78%
2013 $0.129 Increase 0.78% 19.44% 0.93%
2014 $0.134 Increase 3.88% 24.07% 4.63%
2015 $0.138 Increase 2.99% 27.78% 3.70%
2016 $0.134 Decrease -2.90% 24.07% -3.70%

 

EYE CATCHING

Demand Response
An announcement from OpenADR of their program guide, providing templates for the most common DR programs. A survey finding energy efficiency is the most preferred new revenue stream for energy distribution providers. The United States Supreme court ruled in favor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on 25 January 2016. This ruling came at the surprise of many, who expected the ruling to be issued June 2016. A commentary identified the ruling does not mean the end of all tensions between state and federal regulations. States may still be able to prohibit or limit participation in demand response markets. The FERC quickly issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on possible rule changes addressing the provision of primary frequency response service and compensation for those providing the service.

The United States has entered unknown waters to balance supply and demand of energy markets by mixing wholesale and retail markets under a single price regulation structure. It is unclear if the FERC ruling will provide faster adoption of DR, as the Supreme Court has ruled FERC has statute authority to implement nationalized DR efforts, or if the markets will stall to limit financial risk exposure from the unclear impact of this ruling. What is clear is the federal government has authoritatively moved to implement nationalized DR and the United States will have a Smart Grid, whether the people or the markets want the Smart Grid.

Smart Grid – Consumer
An article sharing the Nest thermostat suffered a firmware deficiency which emptied the charge in the thermostat device batteries, deactivating the device. The problem was suffered in the UK where pipes were likely to freeze and burst. Another article shared users abandoned their Nest thermostat device due to a loss of confidence. An article describing the Schneider Electric release of their first wireless networked enabled thermostat device. An article Nest is ending their MyEnergy service, acquired in May 2013, informing users they must now get the same data from their energy provider.

The United States moving to implement nationalized DR will help sell more smart thermostats and help DR service providers sell more of their services. The lack of standardization for the network connected HVAC thermostat device means more products will most likely have performance problems, simply by having less eyes evaluate the hardware and software running these devices, as the manufacturers have proprietary technology. A manufacturer ending a service to further usage of a network connected device is not necessarily bad, as the manufacturer is not bound to offer the service forever. The message the device owner will now need to get this information from their energy provider is more evidence nationalized DR is coming sooner than later, as the Supreme Court just rapidly accelerated the implementation effort.

DISCUSSIONS

FINISHED
GNU remotecontrol version 2.0 is finished. We spent time after the holidays up to now developing a few last features and polishing the user interface. We have completed the documentation. Our team is doing the last read on the documentation, to see if we missed anything. We will package and announce release of the new version only by project news and email.

NEXT
We have received contact from people in fifty-six different countries about GNU remotecontrol. We are excited to have such an interest in the project. We focus our excitement to further develop our skills and increase our work output. The accomplishment of getting version 2.0 structured as Model-View-Controller enables us to now work on requests we have not yet accomplished. Scanning the horizon of what we can do in comparison to what we have been asked to do is always entertaining. The list of work we could do next is:

We know satisfactorily meeting the bulk of requests put to us requires addressing the obvious need to improve the firmware on the thermostat device. The market does not have a solid firmware offering, but a collection of ideas here and there across multiple electronics manufacturers. Standardization of the thermostat device would promote adoption of the network connected thermostat device. Therefore, GNU remotecontrol has begun to build firmware for the network connected HVAC thermostat device.

FIRMWARE
The GNU remotecontrol team has discussed since early 2014 the need to improve the firmware operating the thermostat device. It is doubtful any market will grow until standardization occurs and enables manufacturers to produce their product offerings with increased cost effectiveness by leveraging product interoperability. This scenario occurred when Ethernet was adopted in the early 1990s, rapidly accelerating user ability to use the Internet. We expect the network connected HVAC thermostat device will one day be standardized in the electronics industry through an internationally accepted technology standard. GNU remotecontrol is contributing to the arrival of this day by developing firmware for the thermostat device. Stay tuned for more information.

WORK PACKAGE PHASES

GNU remotecontrol accomplishes productive work output through structured work packages. This approach helps to organize our efforts and keep things on track to achieve publishing our work. We have ten different phases for our work packages.

GNU remotecontrol Work Package Phases

Order Label Name
1 REQ Requirements
2 DSG Design
3 DEV Development
4 UNT Unit Testing
5 SYS System Testing
6 UAT User Acceptance Testing
7 DOC Documentation
8 RLS Release
9 TRN Training
10 SPT Support

The GNU remotecontrol team does not perform any work output outside of structured work packages.

PROJECT NEEDS

Staffing
GNU remotecontrol Project Help Wanted

https://savannah.gnu.org/people/?group=remotecontrol

New 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.

EXISTING CODE

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

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!

Why the Affero GPL?

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