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Jun 29, 2015

When you want to get the most out of your new car, including extensive benefits and awesome features, but don't want to break the bank; or be up to date with the latest automotive software including infotainment and safety features, then this is just the right show for you.

Join Craig in discussing more about the cars of the future and what is exciting about the latest technology built with it, with guests Grant Courville (Director, Product Marketing of QNX Software Systems) and Ljuba Milijkovic (Chief Product Officer of Automatic).

Jun 22, 2015

In times when the grid goes down, and there is a possibility of having lives at stake, waiting for days for power to be reinstated is such a long wait. Know more about how microgrid robots can help sustain temporary power.

  • Microgrids can provide power in remote, rugged. and even dangerous places. Problem is, you have to put people in risky situations to build the microgrids unless you send robots out to do the job.
  • We are working to make microgrid robots (mobile microgrids), a creation that could have a far reaching impact on how we restore power after disasters.
  • Robots now assist recovery efforts in other capacities following disasters.why not take robot capability one step further and have them restore power?
  • This approach will free up manpower to put more effort into saving lives while the robots establish power and communications.
  • For example, after snow storm when the power goes out. In the not-so-distant future, it could mean hours instead of days of cold and dark.
  • The plan: robots scurry safely to a site and determine the problem, then hook up a microgrid to provide power until the real grid can be restored.
  • They can't provide power forever, but 4 robots can form a microgrid; 10 microgrids could provide temporary power to a small neighborhood; and 100 microgrids could relight a community.
  • This is an interdisciplinary problem.
  • We have to bring mobility, power electronics and the underlying controls into one system.

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Jun 22, 2015

Advancements in Grid Security such as sending out much more precise data, keeps the consumers safe with up to date analytics. Could this be the best solution? This and more to be discussed:

  • Protecting the grid is a critical component of the security and safety challenge in the energy sector but there are other critical elements to include the oil and gas operating infrastructure and supply chain. Ensuring reliability and continuity are as critical for the power grid as they are for the entire energy value chain.
  • The ideal solution for industry is to be able to address security, safety, environmental protection and operational continuity as effectively as possible, without having to balance competing commitments to each.
  • Sensor driven data analytics can remove some of the resource competition between priorities in operations.  Data analytics play an important role in supporting safer operating infrastructure and addressing vulnerabilities.
  • There is a significant operational and business value in integrating new real time intelligent sensor platforms with existing industrial control systems, such as SCADA, so operators can optimize response options to mitigate adverse process, security or safety events.
  • A critical challenge to address when deploying new sensor technologies is to ensure they have been hardened from an information security perspective so they do not introduce new vulnerabilities to the industrial control systems.
  • A key trend we are part of is generating real-time data analytics at the network edge, a blend of intelligent algorithms and optimized systems architecture to enable real time decision making.
  • The energy sector will see benefits from advances in data analytics that elevate the optimizing role of risk metrics from planning models to real time operations. For major infrastructure especially, this will increase capital efficiency and promote additional investment in improved, safer and more secure operations.

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Jun 22, 2015

With the new ObamaCare introduced, will this be enough to take really good care of America's health concerns? This and more question will be covered:

  • ACA is celebrating its fifth anniversary March 23. How is the viewed by the public?
  • What were President Obama's two main goals with the law?
  • Are these goals being achieved?
  • How do doctors feel about the law?
  • What are the issues in the U.S. Supreme Court case on the legality of the federal subsidies that was heard on March 4?
  • What kind of health care plan would bring about affordable, accessible, quality care for all Americans?

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Jun 19, 2015


The double-edged sword presented by the "Internet of Things" as it relates to U.S. power and telecom grids, manufacturing, supply chains and cybersecurity


  • How has the energy grid changed recently?
  • The shifting utility business model: A pivot toward customer insights.
  • The opportunities for grid analytics (reliability, distributed generation, etc.).
  • The grid and the "Internet of Things."
  • Training the next generation grid engineer (including the EPIC program at UNC Charlottehttp://epic.uncc/edu/).
  • Current areas where utilities are adopting the power of analytics.
  • Security is too often an afterthought and a cost-center problem that's dominated by complacency (especially when a breach hasn't occurred yet).
  • Security - both cyber and physical - needs to be a boardroom-level discussion.
  • For the ongoing development of the IoT, security may become a bigger concern than privacy. Privacy will work itself out through market forces and government regulations. Not so much with security.
  • The energy/utilities, telecom, transportation systems need instantaneous detection of "out of normal" activity AND machine learning capabilities that can decide the next best action to take.
  • What if the Arizona incident had been an attack on a national level?
  • Should the government mandate infrastructure security standards?



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