Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lessons from Japan and elsewhere

Interesting comment at Connectivity Week by Osamu Onodera from NEDO (Japan's energy research body) on the opening panel about finding the business case / value-add / why should we do this?

He noted that Japan's tsunami/earthquake event pointed out to the Japanese power industry the weakness of centralized power generation.  Even where the power infrastructure wasn't severely damaged, the nation continues to deal with rolling blackouts, which would have been far more limited, or even eliminated, by a more distributed generation design.

Following up was Heart Akerson, who is behind the Heart Transverter, an $11K device that he hopes will revolutionize the grid, one end-user location at a time.  His point: Deal with the endpoint first, then the grid.  Of course, that's his device's strong suit, but he made some good points about moving the logic to the endpoint, and reducing how much information needs to be transmitted, improving both security and reliability (the system isn't as dependent on good communications.)

Is the future of critical infrastructure protection minimizing the criticality of the (common) infrastructure?

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