Infrastructure Management

Achieving Smart Infrastructure Goals with Cloud Technology

If you’re in the IT department at a utility, you know full well the challenges of managing the continual updates and changes associated with information technology hardware, platform systems, and… Read more »

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Federal Energy Mandates – Simple as Child’s Play?

This is the first in a series about the Federal struggles meeting Congressional energy mandates. Do you remember playing the game “telephone” as a child?  It’s a game in which… Read more »

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Water Use Cycle: As critical as Water Cycle itself

Water is as abundant as it is scarce! Of all the water available on earth, more than 99% is unusable by humans. Therefore, how we manage the usable part of… Read more »

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Technology pushes solar one step forward; Utilities pull it one step back

If you’ve seen one trade show, you’ve seen them all. They all have the dull roar of a hundred simultaneous conversations and the drifting smell of $8 hot dogs. Last… Read more »

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How to Ensure Your Branch Offices are Ready for the Cloud

Cloud technology is all the rage, whether it’s cloud-based applications, hardware or storage. To be sure, when used judiciously the technology can deliver savings in both software and hardware. Part… Read more »

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High-tech power system immunity at work: the self-healing distribution network

To reduce distribution network performance problems, huge investments can be made to replace aging infrastructure. Yet, with overall demand increasing and reliable power being so vital for businesses and services,… Read more »

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Demand Response by Any Name

Would you buy a car named “Drinks Gas, Turns Wheels, Spews Fumes”? Well, maybe, if you’re an engineer; otherwise “Cobra” does a much better job firing the imagination and generating… Read more »

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Smart Cities: IT vs Infrastructure

The conversations around smart cities have historically been dominated by large IT players like IBM and Cisco, focusing on giving devices intelligence and networking capabilities – taking a top down,… Read more »

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3 Keys to Implementing Scalable, Repeatable Data Center Maintenance

Proper maintenance is crucial to the reliable operation of any data center but too often companies approach maintenance in a piecemeal, haphazard fashion. They fail to realize that a standardized,… Read more »

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Xperience Efficiency Event Showcases the Role of Alliances in Building Smart Cities and Achieving Energy Efficiency

  At the Schneider Electric Xperience Efficiency 2013 event in Washington, D.C. early this month I caught up with Alistair Pim, who is Vice President of Global Strategic Alliances for… Read more »

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Don’t Have a Plan for Prop 39 Funding? Here’s How You’re Missing Out — And How We Can Help

Beginning in 2013, California schools suffering from years of deferred maintenance got a much needed windfall. Proposition 39 made about $550 million available annually to improve schools’ energy efficiency and… Read more »

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Cloud Watching and Other Planned Activities

I recently had the privilege of spending a couple of hours with my 5 year old granddaughter. I am usually surprised at what I learn when seeing the world through… Read more »

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The Value of Comprehensive Seismic Design; a Stitch in Time…

Does seismic mitigation work? It’s a good question and one that demands a clear answer. But during a recent stakeholder workshop I attended for a seismic hazard map update, for a… Read more »

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How to Safely Specify Reliable Industrial UPS Battery Systems

Specifying an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery system solution involves a trade-off between cost, performance and safety. Some users place too much emphasis on cost and too little on safety…. Read more »

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How New Availability Expectations Change the Way Data Centers are Managed and Operated

According to The Atlantic’s trilogy on household spending, by 1990, at least 90% of US households had electricity, a stove, car, fridge, clothes, air conditioning, color TV, microwave and a… Read more »

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3 steps when considering renovating a medical facility

If you own a hospital or are responsible for medical facility, you’re likely acutely aware of the shift in priorities in the last few years towards population health, bringing care to… Read more »

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Extending BPM to Geo Spatial software

  BPM software – integrating Technology with Business GIS 101! Before discussing BPM software in a GIS context, let’s understand what it is. Geographic Information System software is designed to capture,… Read more »

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Scottish Independence: Renewable Power without Borders?

On Thursday, September 18 2014, the Scottish people will make an historic choice – should they remain part of the 300 year-old United Kingdom, or become an independent country? In… Read more »

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Who Owns the Risk?

Some time ago, my colleague Joseph Reele wrote of the risk implications of various data centre choices that might be made. In that article Reele identified a (possibly simplistic) trade-off… Read more »

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The Electrical Distribution System: A Ticking Time Bomb?

When was the last time you went to your building basement or to the ground floor and checked the Electrical Distribution System of your building? Or let’s start by asking,… Read more »

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Duke Energy Case Study: Fire Stations, Microgrids and Meters

The meter, known for its predominant usage and dependability over decades, must take a bow. The Schneider Electric meter stars in a production that’s gaining applause wherever it’s incorporated: the… Read more »

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What leads and drags the world are not machines, but ideas

“What leads and drags the world are not machines, but ideas”. Victor Hugo The university is the principle behind all concepts of freedom; freedom of thought and of expression. A… Read more »

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24 Hours Putting the Internet of Things Under the Microscope

Phil Baxter, the UK boss of Autodesk, had a group of people to sanity check his ideas and provide data points to demonstrate where he might be going off the… Read more »

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For Healthcare Providers, Disaster Recovery is a Matter of Life or Death

Prolonged power outages can be costly to any business. But when healthcare providers fail to recover quickly from disaster, it literally can cost lives. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities rely… Read more »

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Extending BPM to Geo Spatial software

  BPM software – integrating Technology with Business GIS 101! Before discussing BPM software in a GIS context, let’s understand what it is. Geographic Information System software is designed to capture,… Read more »

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Digital Switchboards – Plug’n’Play device discovery that needs no network skills

With the coming of the centralized management of panel board devices connected in local networks, we’re all going to have to rethink the way we … well, think. But that doesn’t… Read more »

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Connecting Fish Farming in the North Sea with Global Data Centers; the Promise of IoT-driven Change

Continuing with my series of blogs based upon the workshop we ran at our Kolding Solutions Center (see “24 Hours Putting the Internet of Things Under the Microscope”), I thought… Read more »

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Four Tips to Prevent Unplanned Downtime

Electrical equipment manufacturers typically recommend comprehensive preventive maintenance and testing occur at least every three years for electrical distribution equipment. The frequency may need to be adjusted (most likely, more often)… Read more »

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Trust, but Verify…Secure Remote Monitoring for Your Data Center

Modern digital remote monitoring platforms offer a lot of promise today….reduced downtime, reduced mean time to recovery (MTTR), less operations overhead, as well as improved efficiency for power and cooling… Read more »

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Animal Logic Builds an Oscar-worthy Prefabricated Data Center

Animal Logic has won its fair share of awards for films including The Lego Movie, and has worked on other high-profile films including The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The… Read more »

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