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  • gpstracker101 gpstracker101 Sep 23, 2011 1:09 PM Flag

    Nasbaum's problem

    "It seems a stretch that Itron can compete with companies that do this for utilities."

    Why? What magic is involved with attaching a node to a network? A streetlight is no different than any other network node, in fact it is significantly more simple than the vast majority of network nodes including smart meters (with which Itron is an expert.) A streetlight has very few functions and extremely low bandwidth requirements. Virtually any network topology can manage streetlights.

    As to the "tremendous movement to connect and integrate the smart grid to the end-users’ systems and facilities such as street lighting systems or buildings."

    The reality is that companies like Echelon are trying to convince cities and municipalities to convert to solid state streetlights and control those lights via network connection; however, the cost savings is dominated by the simple conversion to solid state luminaires. Trials have concluded that the cost of adding a network to control and monitor streetlights is significantly higher than the dollars saved. In other words, networking streetlights has a very poor ROI. Given that city, state, and federal budgets are in shambles, when do you think such entities are going to throw money at networking streetlights, knowing that they will never generate a positive ROI?

    If you make investment decisions based solely upon PR generated by a given company, then every company will look like a great investment. For how many years has Echelon been pitching these markets and how much actual revenue have they generated in these markets. Keep drinking the Kool-aid...

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