Vacationers, Let Your Smart Home House-Sit Itself

Everyone loves long weekends and lengthy vacations, but there’s always something unsettling about leaving our homes unattended. There’s good reason for the concern: Burst pipes and other sources of water damage are among the most common and expensive disasters affecting residences across the United States, costing homeowners and renters billions every year, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Continue reading “Vacationers, Let Your Smart Home House-Sit Itself”

SensorSuite Introduces “Nest for Building Owners”

Hits Major Milestone: 1.7 Million Square Feet Under Energy Management. SensorSuite Inc., a leader in solutions for improving the performance and value of commercial buildings and real estate is proud to announce that its intelligent sensor technology and cloud software are being employed to reduce power consumption for more than 1.7 million square feet of commercial real estate. Major hotels and commercial clients have reduced heating and cooling energy costs by up to 20 to 30 percent in buildings outfitted with SensorSuite’s system. Continue reading “SensorSuite Introduces “Nest for Building Owners””

Computational intelligence: The key to making smart grids really smart

Around the world, in developed as well as developing countries, utilities are embracing smart grid technologies to improve the grid’s efficiency and incorporate renewable energy resources into the grid. The strategy is both practical and laudable because it will create the means to meet society’s future electricity demands in a way that also minimizes carbon emissions and reduces electricity’s environmental impacts. Continue reading “Computational intelligence: The key to making smart grids really smart”

Can Big Data Make Our Bridges Safer?

Even though bridges are inanimate hulks made of steel and/or concrete, they tend to behave like organic beings, responding imperceptibly to the impact of traffic, weather or even poor design. Each time a car or truck thunders over it, a bridge strains, vibrates, deforms, tilts, displaces, cracks and in the process is irrevocably changed. Being able to measure and track these tiny changes is critical if we are to be able to predict which bridge needs modest repair work, which one is in imminent danger of collapse and which one will still has decades left to go. And that is where Big Data comes in. Continue reading “Can Big Data Make Our Bridges Safer?”