March 2021 IoT News

By Pilgrim - March 17, 2021

It's been a very busy month. New technologies, human factors, lessons of history, connecting-up the siloes, the battle of the gateways, network effects, intermittency, designing and deploying an agile tariff (from scratch in 4 days!), APIs, financing - these topics and more were all covered in our fascinating panel session last month: The Future of Smart Home Energy

There's truly nothing new under the sun: Reader Phil Claridge tells me that back in 1982 he worked on a 1,000-home trial of smart meters for water, gas and electricity, with dynamic load control.  And a correction from last month: Matt Roderick of Wondrwall kindly pointed-out that last year's massive spurt in UK Smart Meter connections was mainly driven by migrating old SMETS1 meters across to SMETS2 - great to know these weren't stranded.

Worth watching Octopus's founder Greg Jackson discussing their Kraken platform, the importance of "elec-tech" and price signals, in Episode 32 of Cleaning-Up, Michael Liebreich's excellent podcast about energy technology.

In other news:

Finally, this month's Internet of Shit award must go to Siemens, for starting a software update on a smart cooking hob while it's in use.

Until next month,


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