Smart Grid Week in Review: WiMAX & the Grid, Arnold Talks Energy News

By Kelly McGuire April 09, 2010

Welcome to the week in review for the smart grid market. Below are some of the top stories that came across the IoTevolutionworld news wires this week.

On Monday, Eedo Lifshitz, Director, Business Development, Enterprise Line of Business, Alvarion Ltd., wrote a story on smart rids representing a paradigm shift in electrical power distribution and management, incorporating advanced two-way communications and distributed computing capabilities for improved control, efficiency, reliability and safety. The smart grid offers a range of benefits for both consumers and utilities including real-time communication, monitoring and management of power delivery to homes and businesses, providing actionable information for reducing the consumers' electricity costs and improving the management and control of the grid.

The smart grid optimizes power production, improves operational efficiency, service reliability and the integration of clean technology. The implementation of the smart grid requires a reliable and secure communications infrastructure and WiMAX addresses this need today.

On Wednesday, Jon Arnold spoke about his invitation to be a guest on a U.K.-based Internet radio program called This Week in Energy. The show is hosted by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield and Bob Tregilus, and they do a weekly roundtable of current news items and industry developments. They've been doing this a while, and cover a broad gamut of energy, technology and smart grid topics. Each Wednesday at 1pm EST, they do a live broadcast that has both an audio and video feed.

"With this being my first TWiE segment, I chose to not promote the broadcast in advance, but seeing that it went quite well, I'll certainly let you know next time around in case you wanted to listen in real time and participate in the ongoing chat room dialog," Arnold said.

Thursday, Arnold wrote an article about the smart grid portal surpassing 1 million page views.

"It's self-explanatory, but we view it as a pretty important plateau, and I wanted to surround the news with some broader perspective. Our Smart Grid portal launched at the end of July last year, so we're just past the eight month mark," Arnold said.

Yesterday we got news of the March traffic stats, and I'm very pleased to share them here. Last month, our portal had 1,116,810 page views and 46,671 unique visitors. Last month, we had 838,901 page views, so for the first time, we have hit the 1 million page views mark. Traffic has steadily increased every month, and there's every reason to believe this trend will continue.

That's the top smart grid news for this week. Check back next week on IoTevolutionworld for more breaking news in the smart grid space.

Kelly McGuire is a IoTevolutionworld Web editor, covering CRM and workforce technologies, and anchor of its daily TMC Newsroom video broadcast. Kelly also writes about eco-friendly "green" technologies and smart grids, compiling IoTevolutionworld's weekly e-Newsletters on those topics, as well as the cable industry. To read more of Kelly's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

IoTevolutionworld Editor

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