Article: The energy ecosystem should move to make the ‘energy internet’ a reality

Hardware, Innovation, Web 3.0

The energy ecosystem should move to make the ‘energy internet’ a reality

These are just a few of the myriad ways in which an open, any-to-any energy internet will promote innovation, stimulate competition and generate big wins. No one can predict exactly what those big wins will be, but there will surely be many, and they will accrue to the benefit of all.

That’s why even without a crystal ball, we should all commit ourselves to digitalization, decentralization, decarbonization, democratization and diversity. In so doing, we’ll build the energy internet together, and enable a fair, affordable and clean energy future.

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Article: The Internet of Energy: 3 Paths Towards Peer-to-Peer Electricity

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Hardware

The Internet of Energy: 3 Paths Towards Peer-to-Peer Electricity

A blockchain database is typically decentralized, meaning that it is collectively controlled by its participants rather than a single person or entity. This could facilitate a truly decentralized peer-to-peer energy system. Additionally, the information stored in blockchains is unchangeable, and the identity of participants is ensured through a unique identifier. This solves the issue of record keeping and tracking. It also offers additional possibilities in distributed energy management like the issuing of carbon tokens to offset an individual’s carbon footprint.

Article: What is Software-Defined Storage?

Hardware, Open Source, Software

What is Software-Defined Storage?

Depending on where you research, Software-Defined Storage, or SDS, will be described as a scalable solution that enables platforms to utilise open-source software and off-the-shelf hardware to create a storage solution that can save money and enable software systems to interact with storage intelligently. Now, for the real definition of SDS!

Software-Defined storage, simply put, is a storage solution that provides advanced storage mechanisms, but these mechanisms are defined in software. Another way to think of it is replacing drive controllers with software. For example, RAID controllers allow for drives to be used in different configurations, but an SDS would remove the RAID controller, and implement this function in software instead.

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Article: Internet of Trusted Things: Democratizing IoT

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Hardware

Internet of Trusted Things: Democratizing IoT

A trusted IoT, or an Internet of Trusted Things, needs to be built private-by-design and with peer-to-peer, blockchain-based device identity and coordination built-in. Once each device is de-coupled from a central authority, broad, decentralized coordination becomes possible. The Internet of Trusted Things looks like the vast intelligence we introduced at the beginning of this article. A central authority owning IoT is a horribly dystopian idea, and the current fractured landscape represents a defense mechanism against this future. If we are to achieve a unified IoT, there is only be one answer to the question, “who owns this new digital organism?” And it is the same answer to the question of “who wins IoT.” The answer is: you do.

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Article: Solving Family Internet Demands With A Mesh Network Is Easier Than It Sounds

Autonomous Internet, Hardware

Solving Family Internet Demands With A Mesh Network Is Easier Than It Sounds

The benefit is that you still only have one WiFi network and one password. As you move around the home, your device gets data from which ever satellite it is closest to. With loads of devices this makes it so much easier to set-up than other ways of extending the signal that have to be logged onto separately. This much I knew, what I hadn’t anticipated was how far a Mesh network could reach.

A particular challenge in my home is that my office is a good 20 meters from the house. I had tried other ways of extending the WiFi to reach without success. I’d also opted to send Internet down the power cable for a while, but this suffered from interference from other electrical devices.

By placing one Mesh satellite unit in the house and one in the office I’ve had no trouble connecting to the WiFi and getting excellent speeds. As you can see it’s quite a distance.

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Article: Military researchers ask industry to create secure networking software to connect sensors to shooters

Autonomous Internet, Hardware

Military researchers ask industry to create secure networking software to connect sensors to shooters

MINC seeks to build and demonstrate software that creates a secure network overlay with control mechanisms that enable distributed management of agile, self-healing networks of networks to support multi-domain kill webs in contested dynamic environments.

The program is a vital part of mosaic warfare, which seeks to assemble individual warfighting platforms like the ceramic tiles in mosaics to make a larger intelligence picture and a larger force package. The idea will be to send so many weapons and sensors at the enemy that its forces are overwhelmed.

MINC seeks to capitalize on networking advances in software-defined networking; network function virtualization for decoupling network functions from hardware; information-centric networking to discover and retrieve data securely; and intent-driven networking for autonomous mapping of user objectives to network management policies.

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Article: Red Hat Summit: Edge Deployments Go Mainstream

Hardware, Open Source, Software

Red Hat Summit: Edge Deployments Go Mainstream

“Until very recently, we’ve seen early adopters in edge computing building their own bespoke solution,” said Frank Zdarsky, a senior principal software engineer with Red Hat. “As part of this, they had to figure out some of the really fundamental problems of not only how to deploy compute and storage at the edge, but also how do you secure it? How do you do software updates? How do you manage at scale? These are all hard problems that were binding significant resources for them.”

Those problems have been largely addressed with edge solutions and services. Edge deployments have become commonplace enough that practically anything a company needs to accomplish has already been done by others, with best practices and software already developed. Even better, there is now an ecosystem of infrastructure companies that can offer expertise and guidance in all stages of staking out an edge location.

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Article: The Top 4 Benefits of Dark Fibre Network

Dark Fiber, Hardware

The Top 4 Benefits of Dark Fibre Network

Tenants – or drivers – have their own house – or road – to themselves to design, use, expand, optimise, scale up or down as they see fit. This has big implications for organisations that are fast growing and have ambitions to expand and innovate. In this blog we take a look at the 4 reasons to consider building your enterprise network with Dark Fibre.

  • Better Performance
  • More Secure
  • Future Proof
  • Tech-Agnostic

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Article: Brilliant Lighting Rolls Out Smart Bluetooth Lights

Autonomous Internet, Hardware

Brilliant Lighting Rolls Out Smart Bluetooth Lights

Smart home automation manufacturer Brilliant Lighting has launched a Bluetooth mesh system that allows control over large numbers of smart lights at once.

The system uses a many-to-many broadcast structure which connects devices to each other using Bluetooth to form the network. According to Brilliant Lighting, this creates a low-maintenance automation solution that reduces the load on home wi-fi networks

Brilliant Lighting has rolled out several products that work with the mesh system via a mesh gateway or through a phone’s Bluetooth connection, including smart dimmer modules compatible with existing switch plates such as HPM, Clipsal, and Vynco. The dimmers incorporate on/off as well as dimming functions, and can use schedules and timers for greater automation.

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Article: Open Access Fiber to Improve U.S. Internet Connectivity

Dark Fiber, Hardware, Open Source

Open Access Fiber to Improve U.S. Internet Connectivity

With Democratic control of the House, Senate, and White House and widespread support for an infrastructure bill, the United States has a narrow opportunity to catch up to the rest of the world on last-mile fiber deployment. Assuming that the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act will be the basis for any legislation included in the infrastructure bill, the act should be revised with open access infrastructure (including open conduit and dark fiber that are subject to government oversight) as its central tenet.

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