Interview with Lee Stogner

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Lee Stogner is the Managing Principal of the Vincula Group. Throughout his working career, Lee has been active in both local and international IEEE activities and is the Chair of the South Carolina Engineering Cluster and a Director on the IEEE Board of Directors. Today, Lee is active in promoting the development of the Smart Grid through his participation in the IEEE Smart Grid initiative, the IEEE Energy Policy Committee and the IEEE Electric Vehicle Committee.

In this interview, Stogner answers questions regarding his Internet of Things (IoT) webinar. To read a summary of that webinar, click here.

QUESTION: How do you think hydrogen cars will fit in with the smart grid?

Hydrogen cars may be able to provide power to the Smart Grid. These types of cars will become part of a mix of transportation types.

Which are the universities and companies currently working on standardizing IoT? What are the ground technologies that play a huge role in boom of IoT?

Standards are coming from organizations such as the IEEE. The growth of solid-state sensors and fast cheap networks are the ground technologies of IoT.

What is your vision for distribution utilities and the IoT? Which will be the key standards for the integration?

Distributed energy generation is a big topic. State Lawyers have made it legal. Now engineers are moving fast to make it possible and practical (i.e. the ever-present 60Hz). Modern day systems filter out the 60Hz from their radio networks.

What do you think about security importance in IoT?

Giving the growing threat to all networks, cybersecurity standards are being further developed. The IEEE is a part of this development.

Which level in the architecture--going from sensors and up--provides the most research opportunities?

Actually all of them. It depends on whether your key interests are hardware, software or data analysis.

What about security? Who is really ruling the IoT?

Giving the growing threat to all networks, cybersecurity standards are being further developed. The IEEE is a part of this development.

How does the IoT impact the smart city initiatives happening around the U.S. and around the globe?

IoT, smart cities, smart grid, electric vehicles, and cloud computing all complement each other.

How will we account for the existing SCADA systems that exist on the current grid?

They will be integrated into the IoT. Other systems such as MES may be replaced by cloud-based applications.

The Internet of Things might increase the risk of attack to the system. If all components have a connection to the Internet, then the chance of vulnerability will increase and ultimately decrease resiliency. What is your idea about this issue?

Giving the growing threat to all networks, cybersecurity standards are being further developed. The IEEE is a part of this development.

Do you think that energy system can be integrated with computer system? If yes, what are the possibilities?

As part of the industrial Internet of Things, applications are being developed for energy and production management.

What is your vision for distribution utilities and the IoT? I am PhD student in the UK. Which will be the key standards for the integration?

Distributed energy generation is a big topic. State lawyers have made it legal. Now engineers are moving fast to make it possible and practical.