Answering the call for increasing energy self-reliance, a grassroots electricity-sharing model is emerging. “Community microgrids,” comprising community-owned or subscribed solar PV and other renewable energy sources, offer participants and surrounding consumers the security of energy resilience in times of grid failure and protection from energy price increases driven by volatile energy markets. They also give energy producers/consumers (aka “prosumers”) more control over the renewable energy they generate.
We are at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, defined by its velocity and volume, scope and scale, and systems impact. The foundation of this new era is squarely built upon the success of the "digital grid." The first three revolutions—defined by the introduction of steam and mechanization, electricity and computing, respectively—all had profound societal impacts, but they lacked the exponential rate of technological breakthroughs and complexity that define the fourth.
Automation will profoundly alter the future of work and society, as a great deal of recent research and projections on its impacts have shown. Some have predicted automation will lead to a gloomy future of permanent high unemployment, while others have touted many potential benefits around health, safety, and the environment. Yet, automation also poses a practical challenge for today’s business leaders, who must tackle how to take advantage of the productivity and innovation opportunities presented by automation technologies while also ensuring a smooth workforce transition.
Providing an innovative solution to develop and conserve water supplies in the state of Texas
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) highlighted the Tetra Tech-supported H2Oaks Center, a project to develop and sustain water supplies in San Antonio, on its website. Population and industrial growth, combined with three years of drought, exhausted the water supply available to many Texas communities and increased the need for innovative solutions to support long-term needs.
LONG BEACH, CA, April 10, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Former INDYCAR drivers Sam Schmidt and Mario Andretti announced today they will go head to head in a race next month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports co-owner and Indianapolis 500 legend will race semi-autonomous cars on the circuit’s 2.439-mile permanent road course on May 13 ahead of the INDYCAR Grand Prix.
As the building industry changes, architects, engineers, and developers must look forward and plan for the impact of workplace trends and disruptive technology on the commercial real estate industry. So how do you design a building for the future? Our advice: integrate IT services and connectivity infrastructure in the planning process for all commercial developments and redevelopments.
Watch the full story on how Avnet helped guide Owlet’s smart baby sock from idea to product and then to market. Owlet developed a baby sock that tracks heart rate and oxygen levels in infants, designed to notify parents if levels fall outside preset zones. Discover how Avnet helps guide today’s ideas into tomorrow’s technologies at www.avnet.com/su
Recognizing lifetime achievement in civil engineering and revolutionary geotechnical design methods
On March 16, 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) presented Dr. Harry Poulos of Coffey, A Tetra Tech Company, with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award in Design during its annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala in Arlington, Virginia. The award honors an outstanding civil engineering leader for lifetime accomplishments in innovation and excellence in civil engineering design.
by Anthony Grieco, Senior Director and Trust Strategy Officer
Internet of Things (IoT) is the term du jour. As adoption increases the natural question becomes, how has it been secured? To understand an effective security strategy for IoT, we first need to understand where the value from IoT is generated. The ability to use data, collected from a variety of locations and sources, to drive decision making is a key asset of the IoT and one that will help organizations to reap the financial benefits it promises.