Florida electric utility completes smartgrid installations

first_img Explore further © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The power company advantage is that it can improve systems before serious problems surface. The company believes its project will realize real value in fewer outages and lower electric bills for customers. So far, 400 malfunctioning transformers were sensed before they caused a power outage, said FPL, and smart meters allowed the power company to solve smaller problems without having to send out crews.The ongoing success of Florida’s smart grid in improving efficiencies and reducing outages will be worth tracking in light of how the FPL implementation might motivate improvements elsewhere in the U.S., according to energy watchers. The prevailing attitude is that, saddled with aging architectures, the way to avoid power outages is through monitoring a smartgrid to stem problems from getting out of hand. The Florida effort is being applauded because of the large scale of the FPL’s grid.Commenting on the meters and other devices used, SmartGridNews.com observed how all that equipment is networked and “sending data back to the utility, data that can be used to identify problems before they cause an outage – and reduce the length and area affected if outages do happen.”Said FPL President Eric Silagy, “While no electric system can be fully stormproof, and we have been working to strengthen the grid and improve its resiliency for some time, the acceleration of this effort will help us get businesses up and running and residents’ lives back to normal more quickly after storms.” Citation: Florida electric utility completes smartgrid installations (2013, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-florida-electric-smartgrid.html Benefits of a ‘smart’ power grid in debated (Phys.org) —Florida Power & Lighting has completed its $800 million smart grid upgrade, with installations of 4.5 million smart meters. Smart meters are digital devices that use radio frequencies to communicate with automated feeder switches and other devices on poles and power lines. The meters can measure a building’s use of electricity. FPL installed 4.5 million smart meters alongside more than 10,000 sensors. FPL says the benefit to customers is that by installing the smart meters each customer can get on the Internet to see the power being used by the hour, day, and month. The customer can also see bill estimates based on current usage patterns. FPL believes more information can lead to customers making more informed choices about usage and costs. Overall, a smart grid can automatically sense and gather data about consumer habits.last_img read more

Microsoft is Giving People the Finger Literally

first_img This story originally appeared on CNBC Listen Now May 5, 2015 Microsoft is flipping the bird at its users.The U.S. tech giant will include support for a middle finger emoji on the Windows 10 operating system for mobile and desktop computers when it is released later this year, according to emoji website Emojipedia.This means Microsoft could beat both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS to become the first to include the rude gesture in its range of emoji—symbols used in electronic messages. And to ensure diversity when giving someone the finger, Microsoft’s emoji comes in different skin tones.The middle finger symbol has actually been available since last year, following a Unicode update. Unicode makes sure text appears the same across different operating systems and platforms and is behind the language of emoji.But it is up to companies such as Apple or Google to update their own software to include new emoji so they can be used and viewed. For example, if someone sends you a message with an emoji from an iPhone, you may not be able to view it on a Windows device if that particularly symbol is not supported.In the latest updates of iOS and Android earlier this year, Apple and Google added a number of new emoji but the middle finger did not feature.Microsoft is also making several other changes to its emoji in the first update of the symbols since Windows 8.1 was released in October 2013.As a result, soon Windows users will be able to insult each other without having to use the dubious smiling turd emoji. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min readlast_img read more