I was very surprised at the price paid for Nest and eventhough Tony Fadell who designed the IPod is behind Nest it still seems like a hefty price. Google are betting on stealing the march on the “Internet of Things” and beating other companies to a niche but potential huge area which is the connected home.
Nest have ambitions to make the Smart Home/Connected Home a reality and learn through anonymised data what we do when we are not online. The GPS function in the Nest Thermostat etc can tell alot.
This must be good news for irish companies such as climote and our undergraduates students studying Smart Energy Systems in LIT.
I am not surprised to see this technology on the shelves in the US and on the way to Europe but I am impressed by the design and aesthetics of the device. But then I dig a bit a deeper and discover that the founder used to work for Apple and assisted in the design of the IPod and the penny/1 cent drops that what we have here is a “disruptive” (very over used term) technology that users can interact with with out tearing their hair out.
I have been waiting for a number of years for the connected home to materialise, but no one vendor has yet to offer the holistic solution for the home. Vertical apps like Climote offer a tantalising view of the future, media devices such as the Xbox one and Sony PS4 have the potential but maybe not the interest
Techcruch sums up the state of the current tech and where we are heading
The Battle For The Connected Home Is Heating Up
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Technology incompatibility can cost a state millions in smart meter roll outs. This is being experienced in the state of Victoria in Australia as reported in metering.com The electricity companies have opted for wireless technology not broadband to retrieve data from the smart meters. Coupled with the fact that the meters only have a life span of 15 years and Victorians will have to start paying for replacements from 2024.
An investigation by the newspaper the Herald Sun has uncovered a significant design flaw with the meter roll out as the meter were not designed to integrate with the governments roll out of a digital cable network known as the National Broadband Network (NBN). The meters are not compatible with the NBN for a number of “technical reasons”
The smart meter roll out commenced in October 2009 while the NBN roll out only commenced in August of this year so there is some argument but I am surprised that there is no simple bridging/gateway solution. Bridging/gateway solutions are a popular for allowing different protocols and systems to interface with each other. These are issues that our Smart Sustainable Energy students will be studying and developing hardware and software solutions for.
About 800,000 of the 2 million meters have been installed already and the cost of the roll out has doubled to 2 billion Australian dollars. Analysts estimate that if the meters were NBN compatible they could save between 250 and 300 million dollars on the roll out.
So the mantra for a smart meter roll out in Ireland is compatibility.
I have just completed the knee wall/ crawl space area of our dormer house using the vario air tightness system. I find the Vario protape ideal for attaching the membrane to the timber beams and the masonay wall and I am sealing the overlaps using KB1 tapes.
As the project has progressed I am getting more proficient at installing the membrane. Initially I was running the roll horizontal along the rafter/crawl space area and then running a second roll above it to complete the seal. I have found that it is more practical to run the roll vertical up along the rafters and use the protape and the top and the bottom. I would recommend measuring and cutting the pro tape in a big area such as your hall way so you can ensure you use the right amount. What also helps is to attach the protape to the Vario KM Duplex UV membrane on one side this simplifies the install.
When dealing with masonry walls I run a strip of the protape along the wall and when the Duplex UV is in position remove the other side of the tape and attach. I find the Vario DS sealant impossible to use and its very messy.
The powered respirator is a god send and so is the 60 Watt LED light wand, I would not be able to do the install with out them as you are working in awkward corners with insulation dropping all around you as you position the rockwool flexi in place.
The attic overhead is next and I am hoping/praying that it will be more straightforward ! Time will tell …
The closing date for change of mind in 17.15 on July 1st For students who wish to apply for our new 4 year level 8 in Computing in Smart Sustainable energy the CAO code is TI020. The 3 year level 7 programme in Computing in Smart Sustainable Energy is TI004 on the CAO
The new B.Sc (Honours) in Computing (Smart Sustainable Energy) degree focuses on developing and designing innovative sustainable energy technology
that solves energy problems. This innovative programme is essential in
supporting the development of Ireland’s smart green economy. This programme
addresses the requirement for a low carbon high-tech economy with the potential
to create 80,000 jobs over the next decade as identified by the Green Enterprise
Group in Dec 2009. The course is unique in Ireland and is built upon Tipperary
Institute’s expertise in the sustainable energy sector. The course will
commence in September 2010 and students can apply through the CAO.
These graduates will focus on the
design and implementation of new innovative systems which integrate technology
with sustainable energy sources. Careers in this area include the following
- Energy Management Systems
- Electric car charging systems
- Building Management Systems
- Automated energy controls for Industrial buildings
- Mobile communication solutions for energy systems