Thoughts About Energy at ETS 2014

Alex VarshavskyAlex Varshavsky, CEO, Talksum

Last week (March 24-25), I attended the inaugural Energy Thought Summit (ETS) in Austin, TX, to both attend sessions and to moderate the Big Data/Analytics panel. The summit brought the world’s thought leaders together to debate the state and future of energy. Apple co-founder and Fusion-io Chief Scientist Steve Wozniak, who made a dramatic entry on the revolutionary Segway scooter, opened the event with his keynote address.

Sessions included smart grid realization; cyber security; utility of the future; smart cities; energy efficiencies; the smart consumer; grid edge opportunities; standards, policies, and emerging business models; and of course the panel I moderated – Big Data/Analytics.

The Big Data/Analytics panel consisted of the following energy thought leaders:

  • Bill Meehan, Esri, Director of Utility Solutions
  • Jeff Nichols, San Diego Gas & Electric, Director of Information Security and Management
  • Amit Narayan, AutoGrid, CEO
  • Larsh Johnson, eMeter (a Siemens Business), CTO & Founder
  • Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street Inc., CEO
  • Steve Collier, Milsoft Utility Solutions, Director of Smart Grid

I started the panel with a rapid-fire round of a simple, yet provocative question – what is Big Data?Talksum CEO Alex Varshavsky Moderates About Energy atthe ETS Panel

This paved the way for introducing each panelist and their company’s role within the Big Data space as it pertains to the Energy sector.

Next, I followed with the question where are we going with Big Data, and how do we get there?

Steve brought up distribution fault analysis, which uses algorithms at the device level (PMUs), away from the central site, to intelligently anticipate and prevent difficulties and faults (e.g., outages), rather than react to them.

Amit noted that AutoGrid looks at current data (i.e., minutes old versus a month old). He added to Steve’s thought that we can now anticipate and decide how actions will change a system – the paradigm of predictive control.

Brewster focused on water and how under-used it has been for energy resources and conservation. He mentioned that there has only been one study made in the United States on this subject – and that was 16 years ago! Many states are currently running low on water. He went on to say that a lot of money is currently allocated for this type of energy resource; for example, Texas is investing $1.2 billion in the next five years alone. He also mentioned the importance of distributed solar cells for the grid as a major Big Data target.

Bill sees Big Data within the Energy sector as a way to move from documentation to discovery. Most importantly, silos are breaking down through Big Data technology, and the industry is starting to “connect the dots,” uncovering patterns for making right decisions

According to Larsh, the Smart Meter infrastructure now gives you new insights for making decisions about grid investments – for example, where should additional sensors be located, where should you up-size conductors and transformers, and so on.

I then asked the question – where are we in the timeline for applying Big Data solutions and what is the price for action?

Jeff, who focuses on cyber security, believes that Big Data is the life-blood of the next-generation utility. As energy becomes more distributed with new players, the utility needs to understand what the data tells us at the operations front, the customer front, and the IT/security front. Unless we learn how to do understand that, the future is in question. The price of doing nothing is to become marginalized.

There were more viewpoints, discussions, and debates, including “fantasy applications,” data acquisition for universities, and others.

To view the video (second part) of the Big Data/Analytics panel, click here.

If you would like to discuss how the TDSR offering could help you in the Energy sector, or if you have any questions about Talksum, let us know by filling out the Talksum contact form.

 

General Availability of High-Speed Data Stream Router

Five Minutes With Alex VarshavskyAlex Varshavsky, CEO, Talksum

Today, we formally announced the release date for general availability (GA) of our flagship Talksum Data Stream Router for April 15, 2014. The Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) helps IT and data centers manage Big Data for any vertical application that requires massive amounts of processing.

The TDSR improves data acquisition and transformation, and converts data into flexibly managed event streams for real-time contextual routing.

The high-speed TDSR handles most types of structured and unstructured disparate data from any source over the network. It formats and transforms the data in real time, data reduces, aggregates, and enriches the data by correlating events with other external sources, and contextually routes actionable data to any downstream system, including BI tools, analytics systems, databases, and other storage.

For a complete version of the Talksum press announcement, click here.

If you would like to discuss the TDSR offering or have any questions, let us know by filling out the Talksum contact form.

If you’re the in New York area, stop by our table at the Gigaom Structure Data event running this week, and if you’re in the Austin, TX, area next week, you can find us as the moderator of the Big Data/Analytics panel.

 

 

 

 

Talksum Announces General Availability of High-Speed Data Stream Router

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San Francisco, CA — April 14, 2014 — Talksum, Inc., a leader in high-speed data processing and management solutions, today announced it has won the Big Data Start Up Award given at the Big Data Innovation Summit, Santa Clara, CA. The award was based on the company’s mission and its flagship product, the Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR), which helps IT and data centers manage Big Data for applications that require massive amounts of processing.

Talksum has taken a unique approach to real-time data management by combining the latest developments of hardware with efficient coding at the kernel level. The TDSR exceeds speeds necessary to handle Big Data initiatives of today and tomorrow, and processes millions of complex events per second (tens of billions of events per day) to keep pace with velocity. In addition, since it is a hardware-configured unit that fits into an existing rack, it simplifies the data management process and avoids the need for specialized skills and custom code, making it easy to monitor and analyze data in real time while reducing the cost of acquisition, ETL, and integration.

A Talksum Data Stream Router at the front of the data stream can replace hundreds of servers at the end of the data stream, reducing the overhead in terms of people, time, and infrastructure.

According to the Big Data Innovation Summit organizers, the Big Data Innovation Awards “recognize innovative achievements within the Big Data world. There are stories of success and triumph in the Big Data community. These innovative organizations deserve recognition and this Awards program is central to that process. It is about the organizations, their teams, and the individuals who make Big Data what it is today.”

“We are thrilled to be the recipient of this year’s Big Data Start Up Award. The Big Data Innovation Awards, as a whole, acknowledge organizations that have pioneered Big Data initiatives that have had an overall impact of the Big Data community at large,” said Alex Varshavsky, CEO of Talksum. “We are humbled to be in the same ranks as the larger known award winners of this year and of past years who have significantly contributed to the Big Data community.”

Other award winners at the Big Data Innovation Summit included Cisco, which received the Big Data Project Award, and YarcData, a Cray company, which was given the Big Data Tech Provider Award.

The Talksum Data Stream Router is in GA and currently shipping.

 

About Talksum
Talksum, Inc. is a leader in high-speed data processing and management solutions whose mission is to develop new ways of processing, routing, and managing Big Data. The Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) provides a real-time streaming data solution that is perfect for Big Data initiatives that require massive amounts of data processing.

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Talksum to Debate the State and Future of Energy at ETS 2014

Dale Russell, Talksum CTODale Russell, CTO, Talksum

We will be in Austin, TX, on March 24-25, 2014, at the Energy Thought Summit (ETS), where we will be moderating the Big Data/Analytics panel, which will also feature energy thought leaders from AutoGrid, eMeter, SAS, Esri, Pecan Street, Milsoft Solutions, and Sempra Energy.

The ETS will bring the world’s thought leaders together for two days to debate the state and future of energy through smart dialogue and an engaging setting both online and offline.

At Talksum, we have a passion for energy as stated in this interview on energy, shown on the ETS 2014 website. Energy to us means hope. Hope for mankind to save the warming planet; hope to be able to bring intelligent renewable energy sources to places where it is needed the most; hope where it matters.

Other topics that will be covered during the Summit include panels on M2M, cyber security, smart cities, energy efficiency, and more.

The Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) fits within all of these topical categories. The product works at both the data center level and within embedded devices such as energy access points, oil well sites, vehicles, and so on, with a focus on security and privacy, as well as on changing government compliance, regulations, and policies.

In the energy sector, the TDSR can process smart metering and advanced metering infrastructure data to provide real-time actionability for Smart Grid systems to drastically reduce latency of critical events and to enhance the resiliency of energy delivery networks.

In oil and gas exploration and production, the TDSR processes upstream data to provide real-time actionability and reduce non-operational time and prevent disasters.

And in transportation, the TDSR handles data sets at the vehicle level and/or data center level to format data in real time and to enrich the data by correlating events with other external data sources.

These are just a few examples of market solutions. The TDSR sits between source content and the end targets. It ingests data from multiple disparate sources; normalizes, aggregates, data reduces, and filters the information; and contextually routes the information in appropriate states (for example, alerts, well information, etc.) where it should go – to a BI tool, database, storage, and so on – all in real time.

We are looking forward to moderating the Big Data/Analytics panel and helping to stimulate debates about the current and future state of energy. If you will be attending the ETS Summit and would like to set up a meeting in Austin, TX, fill out the Talksum Contact Us form and let us know.

 

Talksum to Show Data Management Solution at Gigaom Structure Data Event

Alex VarshavskyAlex Varshavsky, CEO, Talksum

We will be in New York on March 19-20, 2014, at the Gigaom Structure Data event, where we will be presenting the Talksum Data Stream Router solution to 900+ Big Data practitioners, technologists, and executives as they examine how Big Data can drive their business success.

At this year’s Gigaom Structure Data event, the following themes will be explored:

  • Changing the World with Big Data: Leveraging Big Data for the greater good.
  • Toeing the Line between Privacy, Profit, and Protection: Is the right to privacy paramount? Or are we putting the public at risk to protect an ideal? What will the outrage about consumer privacy mean for businesses’ bottom line?
  • Deep Learning: The Holy Grail for Big Data – from automated text analysis to natural language processing to image recognition, new applications are delivering rich new insights.
  • The Industrial Internet: As the Internet of Things takes off, companies such as Ford and McLaren are using Big Data to transform the way consumers interact with their products—and the way products interact with consumers.

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I’m pleased to say that the Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) can be used to enhance all of the themes mentioned. At speeds of over one million events per second for one appliance, it handles all Big Data initiatives and applications in real time. It can work at the data center level or embedded level within other Internet of Things (IoT) products such as automobiles, oil wells, Smart Meters, and other IoT products. In fact, we are currently working with the Department of Transportation (DOT) for the future of the connected vehicle where cars will be connected by an embedded TDSR device, while other domains (for example, first responders, roadside assistance, traffic analysts, insurance companies, mechanics, fleet managers, and the like) will be served by the TDSR with relevant information through respective data centers.

The TDSR sits between source content and the end targets. It ingests data from multiple disparate sources; normalizes, aggregates, data reduces, and filters the information; and contextually routes the information in appropriate states (for example, alerts, insurance information, well information, etc.) where it should go – to a BI tool, database, storage, and so on – all in real time.

We’ve built the high-performance TDSR with security and privacy in mind; the privacy-compliant TDSR prevents network failures and protects against cyber attacks. In terms of privacy, it is important for our clients to receive the most secure and privacy-compliant solution possible for peace of mind. Talksum incorporates regulatory compliance and policies into our product, and extends privacy compliance through the Safe Harbor program to our business practices, whether it’s the website, an email campaign, or the product.

We are looking forward to showing off our solution at the event. If you will be attending the Gigaom Structure Data event, drop by for some information, or if you would like to set up a meeting in New York, fill out the Talksum contact sheet and let us know.