A Special Issue on Foundational Support Systems

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By Mehdi Roopae

The Autonomous Internet-of-Things (A-IoT) is about device-to-device connection and interaction, so as to provide economic benefits in efficient time. A network of multiple drones applied in smart cities as a kind of A-IoT helps autonomous vehicles by mapping the aerial informatics beyond what the car's sensors can discover and then device-to-device communication to share all the required information for a safe and efficient transportation system. The connections between A-IoT devices can change very fast. Moreover, when a new A-IoT device with novel technology features and communication protocols is connected, the other devices in the network need to connect with the former and start interaction by exchanging data. Understanding connections among huge active devises in an A-IoT network and their impacts is the key to identifying perspectives for new plans and services. In addition, connections are more than lines between devices and each one includes attributes concerning the connected devices. Attributes may reveal the nature of connection, the data linked to the connection, the other direct or indirect related connections, when the connection was created, and more. Any modifications in the A-IoT network will consequently cause rapid changes in the connection attributes.

By Nicole Griffin and Kara Truschel

Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology can be thought of as the foundation of a smart grid. But good utility managers know that a sound business case must be at the root of any utility capital budget decision, and decision to proceed with implementation of an AMI program often rests with the results of a cost/ benefit analysis. It is important to understand the financial implications of the project in order to communicate the expected value to stakeholders. In this article, we will explore the basic considerations in a cost/benefit analysis and key takeaways from over 10 years of AMI deployment project experience.

By Femi Ayankogbe

In light of the growing concerns over the aging of transmission and distribution (T&D) power system assets, which complement smart grid applications , there is an increasing need to find innovative ways of extending asset useful life. Thus, asset investment planning (AIP), capital expenditure (CAPEX) and asset replacement decisions can be put off safely into the future, without introducing additional operational risks and without jeopardizing asset performance and electric grid network reliability. Implementing an IoT solution can assist in achieving this objective. Historical equipment sensor data can be used to predict the failure profile of critical assets, in order to apply in time intervention measures, which will prolong the average time to failure.

By Kehinde Temitope Alade, Akinloye Fatai Lawal and Daniel Akinyele

In the face of increasing human population around the world, it is likely that the global energy demand is doubled by the year 2050. Globally, reducing greenhouse gases and increasing energy efficiency in the household sector is the reason for developing and testing new solutions in private and public buildings, based on the Information and Communication Technologies. A great deal of groundwork has been done, and is still in motion to develop and implement energy-efficient technologies to meet the users’ increased energy needs.

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