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    The monthly round up from Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    ENERGY – Connected homes …

    Homeowners, utilities and the environment could be winners with a home energy management system, or HEMS, developed by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The team’s open-source, user-friendly and easy-to-use software monitors and controls energy consumption, according to Helia Zandi of ORNL’s Modeling and Simulation Group. “HEMS supports monitoring and controlling a wide range of devices running different protocols such as WiFi, Z-wave and ZigBee,” Zandi said. “The system provides secure communication between devices and the smart grid.” It can also help reduce peak demand by using smart algorithms. Zandi noted that HEMS is a growing sector in the era of smart grids and smart homes and can help homeowners adapt their usage based on feedback provided by the system. [Contact: Ron Walli, (865) 576-0226; wallira@ornl.gov]

    DRONES – Aiding electric utilities…

    Electric utilities seeking to enhance worker safety and system reliability by using drones to inspect their transmission systems can look to a new report by Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers to help guide their efforts. The report by ORNL’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Research Center surveys best practices by electric utilities and is intended to “help professionalize the safe and proper operation of UAS work.” It includes Federal Aviation Administration regulations, training and flight planning tips, safety checklists, emergency procedures, and a discussion of how UAS standards and practices can be developed and merged into existing aviation rules and guidelines. The report is publicly available. [Contact: Stephanie Seay, (865)576-9894; seaysg@ornl.gov]

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    CYBER – ORNL hosting conference …

    Three of eight cyber technologies to be showcased at the 12th Annual Cyber and Information Security Research Conference April 4-6 were developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which will host the event. The conference attracts hundreds of the nation’s premier cyberspace researchers, and this year’s event will include the Department of Homeland Security Transition To Practice technologies. The event will bring together cyber security researchers, program managers, decision makers, security vendors and practitioners to discuss challenging tasks and novel solutions related to cyber security. Registration for the conference closes March 31. [Contact: Ron Walli, (865) 576-0226; wallira@ornl.gov]

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