Cisco releases new Smart Grid technologies
Cisco releases smart energy tools that allow users to manage energy consumption.
Following Cisco's Energy Smart Miami project last month-a
$200 million initiative that will bring smart meter and solar power systems to
the city of Miami-Cisco announced a new line of technologies aimed at making
the country's electrical infrastructure more energy efficient, responsive, and
Cisco's SmartGrid solutions lay out a framework of smart
energy tools; covering everything from homes and office buildings to data
center and electrical substations. The tools will allow utility companies and
their customers to manage power supplies and energy consumption more
Cisco expects the Smart Grid infrastructure will become a
$20 billion market by 2015. Moving to a system that allows for on-demand,
instead of always-on, energy utilization can save the U.S. 10 to 15% or more of
overall energy use Cisco believes. The industry also will have the ability to
create as many as 280,000 jobs.
"Networking technology will serve as the platform of a
smart, more secure energy grid for the 21st century," Cisco chairman and
CEO John Chambers said in a statement. "Cisco is uniquely positioned to
provide a converged Smart Grid communications fabric and to assist our utility
customers with the kind of business transformation that will enable the
efficient, effective transmission of energy and deliver entirely new,
environmentally-friendly services to consumers."
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.