Infrastructure Management

What Price Do You Put on Critical Power Protection?

When I’m asked to explain to friends and family just what I do, my normal response is to use the analogy of insurance. People that specify and purchase critical power… Read more »

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Three Reasons Municipalities Have Trouble Saving Historic Buildings

You might not guess it from looking at the increasingly dilapidated state of some older city buildings, but these grand old structures are an asset worth saving. That’s because historic… Read more »

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EAM for the IIoT Age

With the growth of asset-related data available through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the complexity that comes with sifting through that data, organizations are faced with new operational… Read more »

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IoT: The Four Pillars of Opportunity

Recently I had the opportunity to present at 2016 IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona. During my keynote presentation “Leading in IoT with Innovation at Every Level” I discussed how the… Read more »

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The New IIoT Security Framework: Some Guiding Principles

September 2016 marked an important milestone in the purposeful development and intelligent evolution of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), namely the publication of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s new security… Read more »

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Asset Performance Monitoring Saves $1 Million in Potential Transformer Losses

The recent growth of non-traditional Internet-connected devices is often referred to as the “Internet of Things” (IoT) revolution. In the realm of power distribution, IoT plays an important role by… Read more »

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4 Questions to Ask when Selecting a Modular 3-Phase UPS

In the last few years I’ve noticed confusion cropping up about what the term “modular” really means when it comes to a 3-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS). By my count,… 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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Cloud and the IoT Present Ripe Opportunities for Colocation Providers

Given the opportunity that trends including cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) present, I’m not sure there’s ever been a better time to be in the colocation service… Read more »

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Simplify the Data Center Planning Process with Reference Designs

It probably should go without saying that the planning phase is crucial to any data center project. But the specific planning process you use will go a long way toward… Read more »

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3 SCADA considerations to optimize your industrial operation

Today’s business climate is putting plants under intense financial pressure, and operations and maintenance budgets are among the first to be cut. Fewer personnel are expected to operate and maintain… Read more »

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Emergency Preparedness Helps Restore Power Safely and Efficiently

In the U.S., the Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and will run through November 30. Predictions for 2016 are that activity will be above average. Whether the season… Read more »

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What is the answer for Healthcare security today, with crime on the rise?

The rise of crime and violence is hospitals is staggering. 91% of all reported crimes in US Hospitals in 2010 had doubled since the last survey in 2004 by the… Read more »

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The right way to choose an LV electrical distribution panel

This series of posts presents what the authors consider as the right way to choose an LV electrical distribution (ED) panel. We will refer only to LV ED panels for… Read more »

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The Next Age: The 20,000 Ft. View from the Schneider Influencer Summit

In today’s world, it’s easy to focus on the immediate challenges we see before us. Troubles in the Middle East. Tensions rising in Eastern Europe. Viruses we thought we had… Read more »

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With Invensys Acquisition, Energy Meets Automation

When most people think of “the future” they invariably gravitate toward consumer devices: Google Glass, privatized space travel and wristwatches with voice and video. The future once promised on Saturday… 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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UPS Modernization: Five Questions to Ask

When Schneider Electric merged APC and MGE UPS a few years back, it allowed us to offer unique UPS modernization services to manage the full life cycle of customers’ data… Read more »

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Trifork’s Five Step Approach for Successful Application Development in the IoT Age

If you follow this blog, you might have seen that I was recently involved in running a 24-hour workshop to get to grips with that thing we call the Internet… 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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The Minority Report, The Lawn Mower and The Future of Data Center Maintenance

What would you do if you had the gift of second sight? Get the lottery numbers; maybe pick out the winner of the US Open, the horse racing or some… 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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LV installation systems: internal organisation (2/2)

As promised in our previous article, it is time now to make a focus on Wall-Mounted panels. Wall-Mounted (WM) Panels We have to take in consideration the following elements which… Read more »

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NEC 2014 – What’s Changed in Section 240.87 Regarding Arc Energy Reduction

The need to protect workers from the hazards of arc flash has been understood for decades – the National Fire Protection Association’s Standard NFPA 70E first addressed the issue in… Read more »

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Finance Execs: 3 Cyber Security Tips for Staying Out of the Headlines

Breaking News: “Bank accounts hacked! Identities stolen. Critical assets damaged.” 3 Cyber security tips for staying out of the headlines By some estimates Banks and other Financial Services companies are… Read more »

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“Arc Flash” vs. “Internal Arc Resistance” – A tale of two terms

I work for an electrical equipment manufacturer. So, when customers ask for the arc flash characteristics of our medium-voltage switchgear, I scratch my head. Because it doesn’t have any. Similarly,… Read more »

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New, smaller voltage transformers to become fixtures on the Smart Grid

As efforts to make the low-carbon economy a reality gather pace, the smart grid has ushered in great new opportunities for energy efficiency. Crucial to energy efficiency on the demand-driven,… Read more »

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Demand Response IS Supply Chain Management

Let’s acknowledge Demand Response for what it really is: the premier tool for supply chain management of electrons. Really? I know. DR came into its own by its use in… Read more »

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Electrical Grid Security is Serious Business

As we move further into the 21st century it’s difficult to imagine electrical installations that won’t be, in one way or another, connected. The Internet of Things is here and… Read more »

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Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy

The devastation that we saw in areas such as Manhattan after hurricane Sandy naturally prompts lots of discussion about what went wrong and whether data center downtime directly caused by… Read more »

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