“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” President John Kennedy, 1962

  • Sep 23, 2019 6:06 pm GMT

I grew up in a time where I was truly proud to be an American.  I felt blessed that I was lucky enough to be born here and be part of the greatest society in history.  In fact, I would say every American citizen I knew felt the exact same way.  We were the lucky ones.

That American pride and enthusiasm is not at the same levels today. 

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  • Apr 17, 2020 1:39 pm GMT

By Stuart McCafferty, Eamonn McCormick, David Forfia

It has been quite a while since we published the first 6 articles in this series and a lot has happened in that time. 

The historic opportunity and necessity to transform the energy industry remains.  Additionally, there is an unprecedented expansion of the internet of things as we all adapt to a future that will include more distributed intelligence and autonomy.  Linking the changes in the energy domain with the millions of new devices now connecting will unleash a new wave of positive changes and innovation. But there will be some pain as we move in that direction.

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  • May 13, 2019 3:37 pm GMT

By Stuart McCafferty, Eamonn McCormick, and David Forfia

Figure 1- EnergyIoT Conceptual Model

This is the sixth in a series of articles introducing an event-driven, data-centric EnergyIoT Conceptual Model.  This article describes the virtual Energy Services (DevOps) Cloud Domain highlighted in the image above by the thick red outlined cloud in the upper right.  The Energy Systems Cloud Domain we envision:

  • “Abstracts” the complexity and brittleness of communications between systems and OT assets using digital twin agents
  • Provides modern “microservices” to support virtualization, containerization, and orchestration
  • Leverages messaging bus technologies such as pub/sub
  • Uses rich semantic information model standards to drive interoperability
  • Enables intelligent grid-edge devices to self-report “by exception” or on a timed basis and support an event-driven architecture
  • Simplifies data usage with secure data-retrieval services and publish/subscribe (pub/sub) message bus standards that enables easier, less expensive system integration, and faster command and control response capabilities
  • Enables a variety of modern data storage systems to support structured, unstructured, smart contract/digital ledger formats
  • Exposes energy-specific services for DevOps teams including source code management, software development and IoT orchestration
  • Provides the most advanced, modern cyber security technologies and tools across the entire ecosystem with the added capability of adapting to new cyber security challenges universally as new/evolved threat management tools become available
  • Reduces time and costs for systems integration by providing  services and standardized data definitions
  • Accommodates opportunities to all stakeholders for innovation, new services and capabilities
  • Includes analytic tools and capabilities to continuously improve and optimize operational and market activities

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  • May 9, 2019 3:07 pm GMT

By Stuart McCafferty, Eamonn McCormick, David Forfia

This is the fifth in a series of articles introducing an EnergyIoT Conceptual Model. This article focuses on the virtual Energy Systems Cloud Domain within the Model, which is highlighted in the image above by the thick red outlined cloud on the left-hand side.  The Energy Systems Cloud Domain we envision:

  • Provides services interoperably with any authenticated and authorized subscribers preventing data and functionality silos. Leverages message bus communications such as pub/sub
  • Uses agents to connect to grid assets through an Energy Services Cloud
  • Achieves interoperability using rich semantic information model standards
  • Is cyber secure
  • Reduces time and costs for systems integration using Energy Services Cloud services and standardized data definitions
  • Accommodates opportunities for innovation, new systems and capabilities

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