The Smart Grid "bonus" could be much improved access to data about power failures and locations of service interruptions. I'd love to see that data used to locate and prioritize problems in real time to deploy repair trucks. Maybe the spectacle of power company "bucket trucks" driving down the road in opposite directions during a power outage can be eliminated (and power returned in a more timely manner).
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.