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A new report released by research firm Global Market Insights states that the global microgrid market will record a 27% compound annual growth between 2021 and 2027.

The report highlights trends likely to shape the microgrid market between 2021 and 2027, with the need to integrate renewable energy technologies as one of the main driving forces.

The need to lower greenhouse gas emissions is pushing energy stakeholders to integrate more renewable energy resources hence driving the microgrid market. More and more governments are enacting regulations stipulating reductions in carbon emissions, a driving force for the deployment of microgrid solutions.

In addition, the growing demand for off-grid electricity in developing economies such as Africa and South-East Asia, where governments and multinational utility companies are rallying towards improving energy access to energy-poor households is a huge driver to microgrid deployments.

The lack of effective electric networks, current lags, voltage fluctuations, and grid failure have been primary concerns driving the remote microgrid industry across developing regions.

Ongoing grid modernization coupled with the installation of advanced and sustainable generation sources across the network will propel the industry scenario such that revenue generation within the sector will hit $33 billion by 2027, according to the study.

Technology developers are investing heavily in research and development to launch advanced, stable and resilient infrastructure across the grid. For instance, in North America where grid networks are often affected by harsh weather conditions, advanced microgrid solutions are increasingly becoming an option to power communities and critical facilities such as hospitals, police and rescue service providers such as firefighters.

The market in Canada is expected to grow significantly due to a strong regulatory and community focus on the integration of sustainable electric networks and reliable power supply infrastructure. Environmental concerns, local revenue opportunities or cost management, and increased autonomy are a few factors driving technological adoption across Canada.

At the same time, the rising demand for combined or hybrid integrated grid networks is expected to foster the hybrid-based microgrid network globally.

Despite environmental concerns to increase the use of renewables to mitigate climate change, the report states that the diesel generator-sourced microgrid market will grow to record over $11 billion in revenue by 2027. Rapid industrialisation coupled with the adoption of large-capacity energy generation facilities will propel the demand for diesel generators across the networks. Ongoing demand for heavy-duty power generators across industrial sectors will further sway product adoption. Low installation costs, when compared to its auxiliary sources, will complement the industry statistics.



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SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the 2021 winners of the SIA New Product Showcase Awards, the flagship awards program presented in partnership with ISC West recognizing innovative security products, services and solutions. Top among the winners, who were recognized June 17 during a virtual awards show, was Lumeo, receiving the 2021 Best New Product Award and Teleportivity which received the Judges’ Choice Award.Since its inception in 1979, the SIA New Product Showcase has been the security industry’s premier product awards program. New products are reviewed by a panel of judges with extensive industry experience, and in 2021, following significant deliberations, the 35 judges presented awards for technologies covering 25+ product and service categories. The 2021 SIA New Product Showcase entries will be on display July 19-21 in Booth 14073 on the ISC West show floor.Lumeo received the Best New Product honor for its Lumeo product, submitted in the Emerging Technologies category.“Lumeo is the first and only ‘no-code’ video analytic builder that provides integrators, software vendors and solution providers with the ability to create and deliver custom analytics in minutes and with no technical skills needed,” said Lumeo. “Using drag-and-drop tools, pre-built analytic building blocks and AI models, Lumeo lets providers instantly add AI-powered analytics to their own solution, or extend existing VMS and camera installations to increase revenue and bottom line. Lumeo’s cloud-managed analytics can run in the cloud, on-premises or in a hybrid model so you can optimize for convenience or cost.”The prestigious Judges’ Choice Award was presented to Teleportivity for the QR Video Intercom product, submitted in the Emerging Technologies category.“Imagine being able to install an app-like ‘video intercom’ experience, anywhere, simply with a QR code,” said Teleportivity. “There’s no hardware needed, and no app required for the visitor. Simply scan with a smartphone, and access. Intercom owners can add a whole range of other self-serve experiences into their code. Install onto a digital directory, letterbox, a door, a wall…Anywhere.”“The 2021 entrants to the SIA New Product Showcase are a remarkable group, and we were impressed by the many notable ideas and new technologies that came in this year,” said Christopher Grniet, chair of the SIA New Product Showcase Committee. “It was a challenge making the final award determinations in this year’s highly competitive program following hours of panel-driven judging and technology demonstrations. Thank you to our dedicated judges for volunteering your time, expertise and efforts to make the 2021 SIA New Product Showcase a success.”Additionally, Marc R. Tardiff –  founder of MRT Security Consulting LLC and an active volunteer judge in the SIA New Product Showcase program – received the New Product Showcase Merit Award, which recognizes an individual or company who, through their support of the New Product Showcase, demonstrates a commitment to the vision and mission of the program, contributes to its success and promotes the advancement of SIA and the security industry overall.“I am honored to be named the 2021 SIA NPS Merit Award winner and would like to thank Sandra Jones, who first gave me the chance to serve on the SIA NPS Committee, as well as SIA, Reed and our NPS Committee members for the work that has been going on for quite some time,” said Tardiff. “I’d also like to thank our previous chair, Jennifer Martin, and current chair Chris Grniet for allowing me to continue to serve.”“SIA is thrilled to recognize the 2021 SIA New Product Showcase honorees, whose products, services and contributions represent the most innovative new security offerings on the market,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA congratulates all the 2021 award winners, and especially Lumeo and Teleportivity, whose solutions stood out among the impressive field of entrants to earn the Best New Product and Judges’ Choice honors. Additionally, we congratulate Marc R. Tardiff on being named the 2021 SIA NPS Merit Award recipient in recognition of his dedication and valuable contributions to this flagship awards program.”The 2021 SIA New Product Showcase award winners are:Best New Product AwardWinner:  Lumeo – LumeoJudges’ Choice AwardWinner:  Teleportivity – QR Video IntercomNew Product Showcase Merit AwardWinner: Marc R. Tardiff, founder, MRT Security Consulting LLCCATEGORY AWARDSAccess Control Devices & Peripherals Hardware – WirelessWinner:  Master Lock – Master Lock Vault Enterprise Bluetooth Door ControllerHonorable Mention: Bird Home Automation GmbH – DoorBird D1812 Access Control Software, Hardware, Devices & Peripherals – Wired  Winner: Honeywell International Inc – Pro-Watch Integrated Security SuiteHonorable Mention: Alvarado from dormakaba Group – MST-TE Touch-Free Full Height Turnstile Anti-Terrorism/Force ProtectionWinner: Bullistic Barriers LLC – RaDeBuRe Commercial Monitoring SolutionsWinner: Evolon – VerifyHonorable Mention: Optex – Optex 12 Channel Bridge Communications and Networking SolutionsWinner: M2M Services – MINI-LTE-M-AV Convergence and Integration SolutionsWinner: BioConnect – BioConnect Enterprise 5.0 Design, Diagnostic and Installation ToolsWinner: Axis Communications, Inc. – AXIS Plugin for Autodesk Revit Emerging TechnologiesWinner: Teleportivity – QR Video Intercom Honorable Mention:Lumeo – LumeoAiP Monitoring – SafeAtHome App Environmental Monitoring SystemsWinner: IPVideo Corporation – HALO 2.2 Fire/Life SafetyWinner: NOTIFIER by Honeywell – Notifier Inspire Self-Test Smoke Detection Hosted Solutions/Managed ServicesWinner: Soloinsight Inc. – CloudGate SmartSpace Identification Management and Credentialing (Non-Biometrics)Winner: ThermalPass/SISCO – ThermalPass Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions (Physical) – WiredWinner: OPTEX Inc. – Redscan Pro Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions (Physical) – WirelessWinner: Intelligent Automation, Inc. – ARGUS Perimeter Security Solutions Key/Equipment Assets Management SolutionsWinner: CyberLock Inc. – CyberAudit-Web 9.4 Law Enforcement/Public Safety/Guarding SystemsWinner: Active Guardian – 3xLOGIC Gunshot Detection Lock and Key SolutionsWinner: Medeco Security Locks – Medeco 4 High Security Key System Mobile Solutions (Connected)Winner: IronYun Inc. – Vaidio Cam App Smart Home SolutionsWinner: Alarm.com – Flex IOHonorable Mention: 2GIG – 2GIG EDGE Security and Automation Panel Threat/Risk Management Software ApplicationsWinner: Gallagher – Proximity and Contact Tracing Report Video AnalyticsWinner: IronYun Inc. – Vaidio AI Vision Platform 5.0 Video Surveillance Cameras (HD/Megapixel)Winner: Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Ltd. – KP-HD3005G-R5/IF-PCB Video Surveillance Data StorageWinner: Premio Inc. – AI Edge Inference Computer (RCO-6141E-4U2C-2060S) Video Surveillance Management SystemsWinner: Immervision Inc. – Immervision HTML 5 Web SDKDuring the 2021 SIA New Product Showcase virtual awards ceremony, in addition to the presentation of the overall and category-specific awards, attendees enjoyed hearing insights from New Product Showcase judges into innovations driving product advancements in the security industry. The 2021 SIA New Product Showcase entries will be on display July 19-21 in Booth 14073 on the ISC West show floor.Learn more about the SIA New Product Showcase here.

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Florida Power & Light is imploding its last coal-fired plant while also announcing that more renewables will be developed in its place.

The utility plans to install a future solar energy center near the site of the Indiantown Cogeneration Plant, which was retired at the end of 2020. Indiantown’s 495-foot stack and coal chute were brought down with the controlled use of explosives recently.

FPL plans to use portions of the plant’s existing infrastructure to connect the new solar project to the energy grid and will explore opportunities to use parts of the plant site for future clean energy solutions.   

“While the sun is setting on coal use in Florida, cleaner energy is rising like never before,” said Eric Silagy, FPL president and CEO. “We have built more than 40 solar energy centers throughout the state and we are well on our way to installing more than 30 million solar panels by 2030.  And, we are not stopping there. With the construction of the world’s largest solar-powered battery facility and an innovative green hydrogen pilot project, we are leading the state and nation in producing energy that is reliable, affordable and better for our environment.”   

FPL purchased the 395-MW Indiantown Cogeneration plant, located in Martin County, in 2017 for the sole purpose of shutting it down because it deemed coal-fired power as uneconomical for its customers. The utility reportedly paid Calypso Energy Holdings $451 million for the plant, according to reports.

The formal retirement marked the end of coal in FPL’s power plant operations.   

In addition, Gulf Power, a part of FPL that serves customers in Northwest Florida, ceased coal-fired power generation at its Plant Crist in Escambia County earlier this year. The plant modernization included converting it to run entirely on American-produced natural gas—cutting the plant’s carbon emissions rate by 40% and marking the end of Gulf Power’s use of coal to generate energy in Florida.    

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 By the end of the decade, FPL forecasts that nearly 40% of the company’s power will be generated by zero-emissions energy sources – a more than 65% increase from 2020.   

The company now has 41 large-scale solar energy centers installed throughout Florida, with nearly 3,000 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity.



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We’ve seen robots take to the air, dive beneath the waves and perform all sorts of maneuvers on land. Now, researchers are exploring a new frontier: the ground beneath our feet. Taking their cues from plants and animals that have evolved to navigate subterranean spaces, they’ve developed a fast, controllable soft robot that can burrow through sand.

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I guess the Baltimore City Council didn’t read my blog from two weeks ago. It should have.Maybe the council would have reconsidered the unfathomable decision it made on June 8 to approve what would be the most extreme ban by a local jurisdiction on personal and business applications of facial recognition technology. The vote was 13-2 in favor of the ban, which would most certainly place security on the backburner at a time when security should be front and center on the priority list, especially with the rash of cyberattacks crippling our nation as of late.It must be noted that one of the two nays came from Baltimore Councilmember Yitzy Schleifer, who stated during the vote that “this is backwards.” Schleifer and fellow Councilmember Eric Costello cited the impact that banning facial recognition technology would have on securing financial transactions, as well as software that helps the hotel industry and others fight human trafficking, among the applications that would benefit residents of Baltimore.Upon hearing the Council’s vote, Security Industry Association (SIA) CEO Don Erickson called the decision an “inexplicable outcome,” while also offering a solution to Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott on how facial recognition technology can be effectively utilized by businesses and government entities.“SIA respectfully urges the Mayor to reject the proposal passed by the Council and instead appoint a balanced commission of citizen and privacy advocates, law enforcement personnel and private sector representatives to recommend guidelines within the next 180 days governing the use of facial recognition by business and government agencies,” Erickson said in his response. “Lowering the temperature of the debate over facial recognition through more careful study and input during this period of time may produce a better outcome that can be supported by all stakeholders.”I enjoy when the blogs that SSN Editor Paul Ragusa and I generate each week illicit insightful feedback from our readership in the security industry. When I wrote my initial blog on why banning facial recognition makes absolutely no sense, I received an impassioned response from Jon Polly, PSP, IC3PM, Chief Solutions Officer, ProTecht Solutions Partners, supporting my stance on how cities like Baltimore, Portland and Seattle are practically making facial recognition technology a criminal offense.Rather than edit down Polly’s response, here is his statement in its entirety:“Cory, you are absolutely correct that Baltimore (as is Portland and Seattle) are trying to criminalize facial recognition, and my personal belief is they should be following SIA’s principles instead of a blanket no.The city chose to ban all public safety facial recognition; again, this was probably a knee-jerk reaction. But then there was a direct attack on the consumer. No in-home facial recognition (does this apply to the iPhone facial recognition)? No facial recognition to start cars (so no Teslas allowed in the city)? No ADA enhancements to help disabled individuals? These are opt-in consents that the consumer has asked for. If they choose not to use the function, they can opt-out. This is an overstep of the city in every way possible.I get there are over 500 companies that claim they have facial recognition. Since there are no standards, every company can claim its own benchmark accuracy. Questions about how the AI was trained, what type of faces it used, etc. are what opponents of the technology bring up. Yes, there needs to be a standard or at least a benchmark. The simple point is facial recognition is part of everyone’s everyday life, they may just not know it.”And just to add fuel to the facial recognition technology fire, just yesterday, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), along with Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), reintroduced legislation to stop government use of biometric technology, including facial recognition tools.The Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act responds to reports that hundreds of local, state, and federal entities, including law enforcement agencies, have used unregulated facial recognition technologies and research showing  that roughly half of U.S. adults are already in facial recognition databases.This legislation would:Place a prohibition on the use of facial recognition technology by federal entities, which can only be lifted with an act of Congress;Place a prohibition on the use of other biometric technologies, including voice recognition, gate recognition, and recognition of other immutable physical characteristics, by federal entities, which can only be lifted with an act of Congress;Condition federal grant funding to state and local entities, including law enforcement, on those entities enacting their own moratoria on the use of facial recognition and biometric technology;Prohibit the use of federal dollars for biometric surveillance systems;Prohibit the use of information collected via biometric technology in violation of the Act in any judicial proceedings;Provide a private right of action for individuals whose biometric data is used in violation of the Act and allow for enforcement by state Attorneys General; andAllow states and localities to enact their own laws regarding the use of facial recognition and biometric technologies.In response to the reintroduction of this act, SIA announced its “strong opposition,” noting that it would “impose a blanket ban on most federal, state and local use of nearly all biometric and related image analytics technologies, which threatens the legitimate, documented benefits of facial recognition technologies used by law enforcement, including:Identifying individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6Reuniting victims of human trafficking with their families and loved onesDetecting use of fraudulent documentation by non-citizens at airports of entryAiding counterterrorism investigations in critical situationsExonerating innocent individuals accused of crimes”“Rather than impose sweeping moratoriums, SIA encourages Congress to propose balanced legislation that promulgates reasonable safeguards to ensure that facial recognition technology is used ethically, responsibly and under appropriate oversight and that the United States remains the global leader in driving innovation,” Erickson said.Security and innovation. Two reasons why facial recognition technology should be preserved, not taken away.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va.—ASIS International, a global association for security management professionals, has announced its programming lineup for the hybrid Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2021, with in-person and digital experiences taking place Sept. 27-29 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. and via the online GSX event platform.Encompassing 80-plus sessions tackling vital issues in the security profession, the GSX education lineup will be staged across six learning theaters at the in-person event:Offensive Strategies: Preparing for an AttackDefensive Strategies: Surviving the UnexpectedGame Plans: What’s Next for SecurityHighlight Reel: Best PracticesCoaching: Building & Motivating TeamsFuture Plays: Navigate the Changing LandscapeSessions from the Offensive Strategies and Defensive Strategies stages will be streamed live to digital attendees, with recordings of these sessions becoming available within 24 hours of their conclusion. Select sessions from the other stages will become available in the weeks following the in-person event. Digital attendees will be able to chat and ask real-time questions to presenters of the live-streamed sessions.The GSX All-Access experience will kick-off with ten digital sessions made available on-demand following the launch of the digital platform on 15 September. Both digital and in-person All-Access attendees will be able to access online GSX session recordings through 31 December. All-Access Pass registrants can earn up to 21 CPEs toward their recertification whether they attend the in-person or digital experience.“Today’s unpredictable environment requires new rules of engagement,” said Lisa Terry, CPP, GSX 2021 Call for Presentations Selection Committee Chair. “The latest threats, emerging technologies, and advanced adversaries are constantly forcing security professionals to evolve their understanding and skill sets regularly. GSX 2021, designed by security professionals for security professionals, is where global thought leaders present best practices, insights, and guidance on a wide range of security matters. Developing and designing GSX’s acclaimed education lineup has been months in the making, and includes timely subjects that have resulted from the new environment we all find ourselves in.”The GSX session lineup includes expert-led deep dives that can improve the practice of security professionals at any stage of their career, covering topics like access control, asset protection, surveillance, remote workforces, workplace violence, cybersecurity, business continuity, crisis management, resilience, and more.Additional game changer sessions and keynote speakers will be announced in a few weeks. To explore the schedule of announced sessions, visit GSX.org/sessions.For more information about GSX and to register, visit GSX.org. Qualified members of the press are invited to reach out to pr@asisonline.org to receive a free All-Access registration to attend GSX 2021, whether in-person or digital.For information about GSX, please visit www.GSX.org. Learn more about the work we do at www.asisonline.org.

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The Texas power grid, which nearly collapsed due to generation outages during historic winter cold, is being stretched tight again.

The culprit is not freezing temperatures which dropped to sub-zero for several days in February, but “tight grid conditions” caused a higher level of generation outage than usual during the pre-summer heat. The system operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas asked customers to reduce electric use “as much as possible” through Friday.

“Generator owners have reported approximately 11,000 MW of generation is on forced outage for repairs; of that, approximately 8,000 MW is thermal and the rest is intermittent resources,” reads the ERCOT news release. “According to the summer Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy, a typical range of thermal generation outages on hot summer days is around 3,600 MW. One MW typically powers around 200 homes on a summer day.”

Wind output on Monday totaled between 3,500 and 6,000 MW during 3 p.m.-9 p.m. peak demand period. This is about 1,500 MW lower than typical for peak demand, which was estimated at 73,000 MW and maybe above.

“The peak demand record for June is 69,123 MW set on June 27, 2018 between 4 and 5 p.m.,” reads the ERCOT statement.

Texans apparently responded to the ERCOT call for conservation even through peak demand hit a new June record. Power generators, meanwhile, completed some repairs which allowed some 1,200 MW back online.

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About 52 of generation capacity was offline in February when Winter Storm Uri forced load shedding and power disruptions. Close to 100 people died from the weather exposure, according to reports.

In April, an investor group called Starwood Energy sent ERCOT a letter proposing some $8 billion worth of power infrastructure spending in the state.

Starwood Energy is interested in developing, building and owning 11 new natural gas-fired power plants totaling some 11 GW in capacity.

No decision has been made whether to approve the Starwood proposal.



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