Wi-Fi Alliance: energy dashboard’s not so strange bed fellow

Come to think of it, you need wifi. Eventually the energy dashboards will become decoupled. So you need wifi as the pipe to carry the events to the app. The app can be anywhere that is the beauty of the concept of pipes!!


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#tjfphddashboard Adoption of energy dashboards

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This year has seen increased VC funding for energy dashboards. For many reasons. Fee market economy capitalizing on the energy band wagon, idealistic entrepreneurs developing to save the world, and variants of both. My interest in energy dashboards started last year just about the time google was getting into the power meter.

First I thougt it was sexy, then I realized there was more to this than just idealism. So as I gravitated toward this idea of dashboards, as a handful of entrepreneurs started building tightly coupled products hoping for instant market share and I applauded them. As the initial enthusiam wore off, it became clear that free market driven product development might just fall short.

Product differentiation driving market share in the realm of energy conservation has to be an oxymoron. In a domain where we need to come together with a common purpose to save the planet, the divisive approach to drive adoption, does little for the cause let alone save the planet. Simply put, product differentiation is divisive, drives a wedge and does not intend to further the common good.

Think of the days in IT when we developed xml, we did that because edi did not do its job. Think of the days in IT when we developed RMI and webservices. We did so because we needed a unified language.

We need a common language, more than ever now. If adoption is key, let’s build that first. If we do products will follow. Products that don’t have to differentiate0to sell, products that can build on top of each other. Products that will eventually help us truly conserve.

In the end this is all about standards and a common language. It is about using patterns, tested patterns to drive adoption of energy dashboards.

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#tjfphddashboard – Rogers Adoption/Innovation Curve and what it represents for energy dashboards

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This year we have seen a significant number of startups in the area of energy dashboards. VC funding for these startups in on the rise. Heavy hitters like Google and Microsoft are already spending money in labs to push this idea of conservation via dashboards. While this effort falls into the 2.5% Innovators category according to Rogers adoption/Innovation curve, I believe by the free market driven products alone will not get us into the Early Majory, let alone late majority. Why? Because, they all miss the point. Simple. Adoption of smart energy consumption is not about sexy gadgets, it is a start, but it will only stay in the 2.5%. What is truly needed, falls in the realm of the impossible, and that is precisely what makes it attractive. Adoption will come eventually, but by that time there will be standards that tie 5 major domains. Appliances + Instrumentation + Governance + Build Environment + Data mining.
The sexy gadgets of today are tightly coupled products driven by profit motive. That is not a bad thing. But 50 years from now, this has to look different. Loosely coupled, app store based, governance/standards driven platform, where efficiency data is freely available to consumers, where appliances generate event based alert data, via open interfaces and where datamining algorithms provide us intelligent ways to control our appliances. Behavior modification will happen, if our usage is transparent.

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How to solve our gitmo problem the smart way. Outsource IT

From the department of brilliant ideas: implant a chip in the gitmo prisoners, free them and outsource the surveillence to India or china. Make this an IT problem that can be solved with electronic shackles. The chip must have remote taze capability and even the ability to kill or maim if the prisoner even thinks bad thoughts. If we can train monkeys to do tricks we can do this corrections thing better than putting them behind bars and feeding them. And then letting them free when we have a budget crisis.

Let them work for a living like the rest of us.

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