Smart grid technology of the future
Date: April 29, 2013
In the April issue of Electronic Component News (ECN), Oleg Logvinov, senior IEEE member, and Director, Market Development, STMicroelectronics, offered his response to the question What home energy technology do you expect to see as a breakthrough in the next 12 months?
Oleg focuses on home energy management systems and the technological breakthrough needed to make them "as common as refrigerators". He notes that while these systems have existed for some time, their use has been limited to a small subset of the population. He suggests that a new generation of systems equipped with sophisticated software capable of learning necessary algorithms yet capable of adapting to environmental conditions and parameters will enable home energy systems to become an everyday household item. He further explains that this new generation of software must support better interaction with users, such as User Interfaces (UI) able to maintain a consistent look-and-feel across multiple access points, like smartphones, tablets, or big-screen televisions, and voice and gesture recognition.