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This blog is co-authored by Casey Talon and cross published in the Clean Energy blog

Interconnection between Smart Buildings and the Smart Grid represents significant opportunity for economic gains and grid stability. While Smart Buildings and the Smart Grid are developing in parallel, there is a near-complete void of the shared business practices and technology alignment necessary to make this opportunity a reality in the near term.


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Co-authored by Marcus Torchia
Interconnection between Smart Buildings and the Smart Grid represents significant opportunity for economic gains and grid stability. While Smart Buildings and the Smart Grid are developing in parallel, there is a near-complete void of the shared business practices and technology alignment necessary to make this opportunity a reality in the near term.


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With demand for electricity set to grow across Africa, one could argue that demand side management will become one of the key drivers for the deployment of smart metering on the continent. At this stage, however, smart metering activity in Africa remains low, with only a few installations having taken place to date.


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Last week I attended Realcomm’s first IBCON in Las Vegas. This gathering of real estate professionals, information technology and building efficiency vendors represented major stakeholders in the Smart Buildings market. The presentations and discussions at this inaugural meeting provided valuable insight into the challenges and opportunities surrounding technology adoption and business transformation in the real estate industry.


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SCADA is Dead, Long Live IP

By Marcus Torchia

There is no mistaking that SCADA is under assault. Calling its demise is an extreme statement as SCADA will continue to be used in the utility industry for a long time, especially as legacy systems used in substations provide useful communications and control power equipment. However, at the forefront of the smart grid, utilities have turned their attention to distribution automation (DA) solutions that sit outside the substation.


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This week we published our long anticipated IDC MarketScape on Customer Care and Billing Applications for Competitive Unbundled Energy Markets (Document #EIOS03U), evaluating the 13 top vendors in this market around the world, namely: Convergys, Ferranti Computer Systems MECOMS, Gruppo Engineering, Hansen Technologies, Indra, Junifer Systems, Logica, LogNet Systems, Oracle, SAP, SmartGridCIS, TailorMade, and Tieto.


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Next week I will be joining an exciting group of key decision-makers exploring the opportunities, challenges, and expectations for the technology adoption and the business process transformation of facilities to Smart Buildings. This gathering of information technology, real estate, and building technology leaders will provide new insight into the future of the Smart Buildings market.


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IDC Energy Insights has released the 1Q12 results of its Worldwide Quarterly Smart Meter Tracker, a research program that provides quantitative and qualitative insights into the latest developments in the industry across various geographies, including a market forecast until 2016. This article presents some of the key developments that we observed in Europe during the past quarter.



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