Australia - Smart Energy and M2M
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This report provides overviews and critical statistical information on the electricity market, as well as detailed information on smart grid, smart meter projects and the key players in this market. It covers the areas where smart grids are going to play an important role such as in the developments in PV (Solar Energy) and smart cars as well as their implications on national infrastructure. Special chapters are dedicated to smart technologies for energy efficiency which depends on having the correct data (big data) from various sources analysed in real time for instant decision making processes. The report also discusses Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication which is rapidly becoming a key element of smart grids.
Researchers:- Paul Budde, Kylie Wansink Current publication date:- April 2016 (12th Edition)
There certainly is a lot of interest in the M2M (machine-to-machine) and internet of things (IoT) market in 2016; but we are only seeing what is happening on the surface.
Most of the M2M and IoT activities are taking place unnoticed. For example, all new electronic devices are now IoT devices. Tens of millions of smart meters have already been deployed by the electricity industry, with literally hundreds of millions of them in the pipeline. Healthcare is another key industry. All new hospitals now operate large-scale M2M operations, tracking their equipment with real-time information. Most local governments have invested massively in mapping their assets and this is now being followed up by adding connectivity to these assets - whether it be streetlamps, drainage, sewerage or trees, all are in the process of becoming part of a smart city.
The other critical element for the future of utilities infrastructure is to use the networks with all of the M2M devices connected to it in such a way that it collects the data from these devices, processes that data, and then delivers executable real-time analyses to the users of the M2M services. This development is also known as big data.
Despite the potential advantages of big data, there are still major concerns surrounding privacy. The big data that is floating around somewhere in clouds is becoming increasingly critical to business operations, but very few companies have a good understanding of where their data is at any given time. As well as this, the enormous amount of data that is now collected is placing a real strain on the tools that are used to analyse that data.
Furthermore, there is no doubt that we are in the midst of an energy revolution. Not only is the nature of energy changing from fossil-generated to renewable energy, a complete change is taking place in the distribution structure, with less focus on centralisation and more on distributed energy. Concerns about issues such as energy security, environmental sustainability, and economic competitiveness are triggering a shift in energy policy, technology and consumer focus. This, in turn, is making it necessary to move on from the traditional energy business models.
By making the electricity grid 'intelligent' and adding telecoms to it, the power will eventually shift - away from the electricity companies and to the customers, who will be able to control their energy consumption through smart grids and smart meters with interactive sensors, M2M and IoT devices.
'Smart' means communication, and since many countries are addressing the need for broadband networks the smart thing to do would be to roll out fast broadband infrastructure in combination with smart grids and, wherever applicable, other smart infrastructure. In that way, energy efficiency measures can be implemented throughout society and throughout the economy (buildings, transport, cities) with a minimum of extra infrastructure, as a trans-sector approach is based on sharing the infrastructure.
Unfortunately, one of the major obstacles to smart grid uptake continues to be the lack of good government policies. With all the knowledge we now have, it would be criminal if this generation were to allow vested interests to prevent us from developing trans-sector policies and holistic initiatives to address energy and environmental concerns. We need to break down those silos and force cooperation between the sectors wherever possible.
There is also a shift away from the traditional centralised energy systems to more distributed models and in this respect we see real leadership coming from local councils and local communities. The smart city movement could well take over where federal and state policies are failing.
1.2 The Australian M2M market 1.2.1 Market and Industry Analyses 1.2.2 Statistical information 1.2.3 Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) Networks 1.2.4 Electricity companies and the M2M 1.2.5 Smart Factory - Industry 4.0 1.2.6 Selected Smart Projects 1.2.7 Change in services driven by Sensing and monitoring information
2.4 Smart people are the key to smart cities 2.5 Telcos, industry platforms and smart cities 2.6 The Drivers behind Smart Cities 2.6.1 Customer-driven smart cities 2.6.2 Economy-driven smart cities 2.6.3 Society-driven smart cities 2.6.4 Greenfields Opportunities 2.6.5 Brownfields Challenges
2.7 Trends, Developments, Analyses 2.7.1 Councils should object to FttN 2.7.2 NBN critical in developing Australia's first smart cities 2.7.3 The need for smart infrastructure policies 2.7.4 Cities of the future research 2.7.5 Smart Cities: sustainable engines for growth 2.7.6 Have plans ready for opportunities 2.7.7 Regulations for drones
2.8 Smart cities and smart countries - Analysis 2.8.1 The need for an holistic approach 2.8.2 How to build smart communities and smart countries 2.8.3 Stage one - infrastructure 2.8.4 Stage two - trans-sector policies 2.8.5 Stage three - the business game-changer
2.9 Rolling out infrastructure the smart way
3.2 Australia - trends and analyses 3.2.1 From UtiliTel to Smart Grid to Smart Energy and Smart Cities 3.2.2 Analysis: smart grid market developments in 2016 3.2.3 Electricity utilities and IoT 3.2.4 Progress hampered by lack of smart energy policies 3.2.5 Problems ahead for the smart meter rollout in NSW 3.2.6 Will telcos become the OTT players in smart energy? 3.2.7 Industry Transformation 3.2.8 Community owned energy retailer 3.2.9 Disruptive retail plan for renewable energy 3.2.10 Energy distribution Challenges for the future 3.2.11 Delighting and exciting electricity customers 3.2.12 Electricity 'death spiral' 3.2.13 Key trends and Developments 3.2.14 Business analyses 3.2.15 Market Analyses Australia 3.2.16 Key developments Australia 3.2.17 Surveys and statistics 3.2.18 Industry reform