Moshe Kam IEEE President
Appointment of Dr. Moshe Kam to Dean, Newark College of Engineering
3 April, 2014

ENGINEERING AS A LIBERAL ART: an address to the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit (The Debating Chamber, Scottish Parliament; Edinburgh, Scotland; 14 August 2012)
14 August, 2012

Comments during the dedication of an IEEE Milestone on the World’s First Reliable High Voltage Power Fuse, 1909 (3 August 2012, Chicago, IL, USA)
3 August, 2012

Comments at the Dedication of the IEEE Milestone Mainline Electrification of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1895 (21 June 2012, Baltimore, MD)
9 July, 2012

Comments at the installation of the Iota Lambda Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu at the University of Hong Kong (13 January 2012)
13 January, 2012

Comments at the Unveiling of the IEEE Milestone on the Apollo Guidance Computer, Cambridge, MA
13 December, 2011

Roger Pollard (1 June 1946 - 3 December 2011)
4 December, 2011

As 2011 draws to a close...
3 December, 2011

Member Letter – U.S. Hurricane Irene/Floods
10 September, 2011

Message to IEEE Volunteers and Members in Japan
14 March, 2011

It Is About Value (Not About Price)
11 February, 2011

A Small Miracle in Hyderabad
27 January, 2011

So you are traveling a lot, eh?
17 January, 2011

How Should We Proceed with IEEE’s Humanitarian Efforts?
1 January, 2011

IEEE and Haiti
20 January, 2010

A Most Impressive Quasquicentennial in Hyderabad
7 January, 2010

My New Year Resolution - Seeking Less Experienced Volunteers
2 January, 2010

Mail about IEEE Spectrum article - Powerless in Gaza
26 December, 2009

The list of new IEEE Fellows is out
15 December, 2009

In praise of three tough guys from Trinidad
25 November, 2009

Who will be the 50th President of IEEE?
23 November, 2009

Smart Grid and Standards Search - the Board of Directors approves new initiatives
22 November, 2009

Globalization and Music - a Visit to the IEEE France Section
12 November, 2009

Moshe Kam elected IEEE 2010 President-Elect
7 October, 2009


Smart Grid and Standards Search - the Board of Directors approves new initiatives

The IEEE Board of Directors is meeting today in New Brunswick, New Jersey. One of the first actions it took was to approve several new initiatives for 2010. By this I mean that the Board has allocated funds to groups of volunteers and staff members to start and implement new programs.

Perhaps the most exciting of the new initiatives is on the SMART GRID. The smart grid concept can be described in broad terms as integrating the electrical power network with the state of the art in networking and computing technology. Among the increased capabilities that the smart grid is expected to provide are: (1) much better monitoring and control of plants, appliances and actuators; (2) more efficient use and integration of diverse sources of power; (3) better (more economical, more environmentally friendly and more stable) matching of power supply and demand; (4) higher stability margins and hence reduced risk of blackouts and brownouts; and (5) higher quality of delivered power. One expected outcome is that consumers will receive accurate feedback on their electricity consumption. This consumer will have increased control options to manage operation of appliances, thereby optimizing the use of energy versus costs. The smart grid will also allow producers (including small producers, even individual families) to sell renewable energy to other consumers.

Another project I am glad we are undertaking is GLOBAL STANDARDS SEARCH. This is a joint effort of the IEEE Standards Association and the IEEE Educational Activities Board. It will provide members (and other interested users) with a powerful on-line resource that finds and identifies technical standards based on the user’s needs. So, if you are engaged in the development of a new video game or design a new medical diagnostics device, we will be able to tell you which technical and industrial standards exist that are likely to affect your design. These standards may help improve safety, or allow better compatibility – namely, allow more effective interface of your device with other computing or networking systems.

The Global Standards Search will also let users find information about educational resources on standards. Many of our members seek general introduction to standards; explanations on how specific standards are made and used; and understanding of how related applications and updates are interpreted. At present information about these matters is scattered all over the Internet – in various position papers, technical reviews and tutorials. We hope that by the time the IEEE Global Standards Search portal is made available, we will be able to provide users with the educational information they seek in a manner which is straightforward, easy to navigate, and user friendly.

It was nice to see that the Board starts its deliberation looking forward – toward new applications and new services to the profession. Still, this was just the first, enabling step. Now we need to use the approved funding to roll up our sleeves and do the work.

Moshe Kam ( ) ECE Department, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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