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Protecting consumer access to and privacy of electric power usage data collected by smart meters in California
Between the Poles (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Geoff Zeiss: I blogged some time ago about the federally-initiated Green Button initiative. Aneesh Chopra, then CTO of the U.S., in his keynote at the Gridweek conference in Washington, challenged the electric utility industry to do what the Federal government initiated at Veterans' Affairs and what was taken up by the private health industry — "blue button" access to personal health records. More



The Future of Privacy Forum and TRUSTe launch a smart grid privacy seal program
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The Future of Privacy Forum has developed a first of its kind privacy seal program for companies that use consumer energy information. The seal will be powered by TRUSTe, the leading data privacy management company with over 5,000 customers. The seal will be available to companies offering home energy management, remote home control or security, smart thermostats and other services that seek to access consumer energy data. More

The Apple Maps debate and the real future of mapping
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The news of the last couple weeks about the stark differences between Apple and Google's maps have shed light on how hard it is to build a mobile map. Showing a destination that's a few hundred yards off becomes a critical flaw, and there are tens of millions of such place markers on these maps. More

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5 reasons location is the smartphone's killer map
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Are you sitting somewhere comfy? Because right at this moment, your smartphone is likely calculating and then sharing your seated location. But don't worry: You are far from alone. Location-sharing services are on the rise. Here are the big reasons for the trend in personal placement. More

Officials eye changes in satellite export policy
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Satellite industry officials are optimistic about the prospects for reversing a ban put in place in the late 1990s on the export of commercial satellites and dual-use technologies to prevent the transfer of technology to China. "There is great hope," says Michael Gold of Bigelow Aerospace, who leads an export control working group advising the FAA on commercial space matters. "We have never been closer to getting this done." The group met Oct. 9. More


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Experts: Location Intelligence unlocks the power of your data
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So you've heard that over 80 percent of enterprise data has a spatial component (IDC). But what's Location Intelligence (LI) got to do with it? And how can it transform your data from an underutilized asset into a source of competitive advantage? Well, LI enables business analysts to apply geographic contexts to business data — LI combines location-based data with traditional metrics captured within a Business Intelligence (BI) system. More

Satellite earth-observation: Faster, cheaper, better
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NSR's Global Satellite-Based Earth Observation, 4th Edition report points to an industry in transition that is considerably improving its value-proposition. As a direct consequence, the satellite EO industry is progressively moving from growth fed by orders from governmental and military organizations to one based on a more balanced mix of end-users, laying the groundwork for a decade of growth in both data and value-added-services segments. More

Smart grid tech race intensifies
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A year ahead of a global meeting of energy leaders in Daegu, South Korea, the country's push ahead on smart grid technology development has been highlighted by a new report from the World Energy Council. South Korea's Jeju Island project will be the world's largest smart grid system of its type when complete, the WEC said in announcing the new report a year ahead of the World Energy Congress set for Daegu. More

Galileo launch goes off without a hitch
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The Soyuz ST-B launcher carrying the next two Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites took off as scheduled on Oct. 12. Deployment of its twin satellites into orbit took place 3 hours, 44 minutes after take-off. All the stages of the Soyuz vehicle performed as planned and the Fregat-MT upper stage released the Galileo satellites into their targeted orbit at close to 23,200 km altitude. More

Improving GNSS attitude determination
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Determination of horizontal attitude poses a general problem for navigation applications, especially those using small aerial platforms and requiring low-cost solutions. A team of German engineers are exploring a method that combines accelerometers, gyroscopes and a magnetic field sensor with a GNSS compass to provide a multi-sensor attitude system for portable, small-sized launcher applications. More

Esri joins Amazon in the cloud
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One of the biggest players in GIS just went to the cloud. Esri announced Oct. 10 that its ArcGIS technology will now be available via the Amazon Web Services GovCloud in the U.S. "Our relationship with Amazon Web Services will be a great benefit to federal agencies," said Jack Dangermond, president of Esri. More

European GNSS reaches out to Asia
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Europe is not alone in developing services and applications for a Global Navigation Satellite System: Asia is also thrusting ahead with its own plans, tailored for its own market needs. And with so much investment in the sector in both regions, it makes sense to see what sort of complementary activities could be launched between them. More


 



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