UCI Calit2 IOT Speaker Series- Electric Vehicle Charging Networks (and the IOT)

On Monday, October 12, 2015, CEO Al Choperena had the opportunity to present Electric Vehicle Charging Networks (and the IOT) to the University of California Irvine’s (UCI) California Institute for Telecommunication and Information Technology (Calit2).

Part of CalIt2’s Internet of Things Speaker Series, Al laid out the general landscape of Electric Vehicle Charging, pointing out that we are in the midst of rapid expansion.  He detailed the various charger types, explained the consumer, manufacturer, service provider, and host perspectives on the industry, and the challenges facing a niche market that started already fragmented.  Pointing out the opportunity for the Internet of Things when it comes to “Smart” (i.e. network connected and managed) chargers, Al noted a lack of a unified way to govern the interactions of chargers with their respective backends.

But according to Choperena, there is hope with emerging standards like the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), an application protocol that can help standardize the way charge points interact with back end management.  This cohesion minimizes risk for hosts, as they no longer have to fear being stuck with obsolete infrastructure as service providers come and go.  It also helps promote competition and innovation at the manufacturing level.  As a manufacturer with the first and only ZigBee certified Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE), Choperena noted that Smartenit welcomes this opportunity to innovate.  If companies like Smartenit can innovate to satisfy the consumer desire for simple and efficient charging, that can only be positive industry growth.

The IOT landscape is more robust than ever, with plenty of platforms from many large companies committed to allowing sensors and actuators to interact and do some good for mankind.  This, and the enthusiasm for EV charging spells great things for the sensor/ actuator system of the electric vehicle charging network.  Choperena ended by stressing that now is the time to make EV Charging a “thing” on the Internet of Things!

Al is grateful for the opportunity to speak at a highly regarded research center like CalIt2.  He will be taking part in CalIt2’s CalPlug Workshop on October 29th as an attendee and principal member on a panel discussing zero net energy homes!

UCI Calit2 IOT Speaker Series: Electric Vehicle Charging Networks

Smartenit CEO Al Choperena Featured at October 12th Event

Smartenit is excited to have Al Choperena, CEO, present at UCI’s IOT Speaker Series.  He will cover how Electric Vehicle Charging Networks should be viewed as fertile proving grounds for IOT technology and the challenges we face in implementing a cohesive solution.  For more information, including RSVP details, see here.


Calit2 Ignite- Internet of Things: What’s All The Buzz About?

Birds Eye view of Ignite IoT event

Late into the night and people are still excited out the Internet of Things!

On 11/13, Smartenit had the honor of participating in the Ignite Technology event held at University of California Irvine’s (UCI) California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

Calit2 is closely associated with CalPlug, of which Smartenit is a Partner, is a truly collaborative effort among technology manufacturers, incubators, utilities, and researchers.  It’s a great melting pot of people with various views and experience working with technologies of all kinds, especially wireless communications.  Professor GP Li has done a great job connecting people from all over the industry to communicate, educate, and problem solve.

This particular event was centered around the concept of The Internet of Things (IoT).  It’s been a buzzword describing the emergence of connected devices that alert us of of system changes, automate important elements of our life, and keep us connected.  We were happy to have our CEO Al Choperena give a presentation alongside distinguished panelists Mark Bachman (UCI faculty and IoT Evangelist), Matthew Cheng (Senior technical director, Broadcom), Art Hitomi (CTO and co-founder, Numecent), Shaun Kirby (Director, Internet Business Solutions Group innovations Architecture Practice, Cisco), and Miles Mahoney (GM, Industrial Data Analytics, Frost Data Capital).  This led into a Q and A session with the panelists.  There was a great turnout with full capacity in the auditorium and spillage out into the lobby and a really great panel session.  Thanks to UCI, Calit2, our fellow panelists, and the audience for a great event!

Ignite IoT Panel Discussion

Calit2 Ignite Internet of Things Panel In Action!

Notable Quotables

50 Billion devices connected by 2020 (6 years!) – The Majority of Presenters

This is the makings of a revolution – Mark Bachman

There’s a storm coming and it’s going to rain money.  We just have figure out where to put the buckets – Mark Bachman

The problem with the connected soace at the moment is too may alphabets! – Matthew Cheng

Will Cloud 1.0 where everything is in the Cloud be scalable?  Seems like to be scalable we will have to distribute. – Art Hitomi

With the IoT, we may have to look beyond control and to sharing info – Art Hitomi

IoT and the connected space can lead to a frictionless business – Shaun Kirby

IoT is relevant objects connected as sensors and actuators under an action-oriented framework – Al Choperena

Pilots are not  IoT guarantees, they are great learning opportunities- Al Choperena

IoT makes the industrial data loop revolve much quicker- Miles Mahoney

CalPlug Workshop: Promoting Energy Efficiency

On November 6, 2014 Smartenit was pleased to participate in the California Plug Load Research Center’s (CalPlug) workshop at the University of California Irvine’s (UCI) California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.  It brought together companies and individuals from all points along the connected home technology development timeline.  These companies came together to discuss how to facilitate the creation of market-ready connected devices.  Our CEO, Al Choperena, gave a presentation on planning executing and using pilots and field tests.  It was a great discussion and truly illuminating!  Click the button below to read more about it from the Calit2 website.  Many thanks to CalPlug for putting on the event and including us!

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