With 25 years of experience in electronics design and manufacturing, software development and network deployments, few people have the depth of technical knowledge and capacity to envision futuristic applications for wireless machine-to-machine technology as Richard Baxter, Mesh Systems’ president and CEO. Smart Grid Today, a worldwide utility industry publication, recently sought Baxter’s perspective on advances in M2M technology in the fast-growing smart energy sector.
Smart energy is a strategic focus for Mesh Systems. Its proprietary wireless M2M platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution, MeshVistaTM is ideally-suited to bring significant value to this burgeoning industry. MeshVista enables users to produce, disperse, monitor, manage and reduce energy consumption with more control, precision and efficiency than ever before. During the interview with Smart Grid Today, Baxter discussed several ways his company’s technology is currently being used and could be used in the smart energy arena including outdoor lighting, generators, compressors, control stations, batteries and other energy storage devices.
Baxter told Smart Grid Today, “The common theme in everything we do is to extend the reach of network connectivity to remote assets. Should they be turned on or made active or go into dormant mode where they’re not consuming much energy? Or, if they’re a storage asset, should they be commanded to draw power?” MeshVista is being utilized by the smart energy market as a comprehensive monitoring and control system that includes custom software, wireless devices and network management.
During Baxter’s interview with Smart Grid Today he characterized the long-term market potential for the smart grid communications sector as “very, very rosy”. He attributes this to the inherent challenges of monitoring, managing and controlling geographically-dispersed renewable energy resources such as the remote physical infrastructure components and constant two-way flow of data necessary to operate solar and wind-based power stations. Baxter concluded the interview by saying, “Networked intelligence and device intelligence are really the solution to the problem, and that’s where we (Mesh Systems) come in.”