Smart grid and internet of things – new focus for Intel


Santa Clara, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 10, 2013

The development of new products for the smart grid and broader ‘Internet of Things’ are new areas of focus being targeted by the Santa Clara, California-based IT technology provider Intel.

In support of this activity Intel has unveiled several products including the Intel Atom™ processor E3800 product family (formerly codenamed “Bay Trail-I”), a new family of Intel-based intelligent gateway solutions featuring integrated software from McAfee and Wind River, and new features for the Intel Quark SoC X1000.

“The Internet of Things consists of a wide range of internet-connected devices, from a simple pedometer to a complex CT scanner,” said Ton Steenman, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Intelligent Systems Group. “The true value is realized when these intelligent devices communicate and share data with each other and the cloud, uncovering information and actionable insight that can transform business.”

The addition of the low power, small-core Intel Quark SoC X1000 is aimed to extend the company’s reach into the Internet of Things markets. The new product family features error correcting code (ECC), industrial temperature range and integrated security. The Quark processor core is a 32-bit, single core, single thread, Intel Pentium® instruction set architecture (ISA) compatible CPU operating at speeds up to 400 MHz.

The new Intel Atom processor E3800 product family features improved media and graphics performance, ECC, industrial temperature range, integrated security and integrated image signal processing. This product family is ideally suited for digital signage applications such as interactive kiosks, intelligent vending, ATMs and point-of-sale terminals as well as portable medical devices and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

The new family of intelligent gateway solutions is aimed to connect legacy systems and provide common interfaces and seamless communication between devices and the cloud. Targeting industrial, energy and transportation markets, they provide integrated and pre-validated hardware and software, including McAfee Embedded Control and the Wind River Intelligent Device Platform. With these solutions, users can securely aggregate, filter and share data from the edge to the cloud in areas such as monitoring high value industrial assets, facilitating manufacturing automation, energy grid automation, and commercial fleet monitoring.

For example, Intel is working with the German electric, gas and water utility Westfalen Weser Energie, to develop and deploy gateways in its secondary energy substations. As more renewables come online, managing energy flows becomes more complicated and Westfalen Weser Energie is using intelligent gateways to interface with its legacy devices and acquire, analyze and act on data in real-time.

Intel is also working with Daikin Applied, the world’s largest air conditioning, heating, ventilating and refrigeration company, using its intelligent gateway solutions to deploy a complete end-to-end solution for commercial HVAC equipment.

Earlier in June, Intel signed a global agreement with Alstom Grid to combine expertise and work together on solutions and technologies for smart grids and smart cities. The focus is on embedded intelligence and IT systems security to facilitate a fast rollout of new architectures for future grids.

This followed a 3-year collaboration, which also included Intel Labs Europe and Embix – a joint venture between Alstom and Bouygues – partnering in the COOPERATE (Control and Optimization for Energy Positive Neighborhoods)  project focusing on the development of a platform for neighborhood energy management and other services, funded under the EU’s FP7 program.