- Dr Magda Havas: "When someone is exposed to EM radiation they become a real barometer."
- All Next-up News: www.next-up.org/Newsoftheworld/2009.php
Cisco: Here's why the Smart Grid Will Dwarf the Internet
By Preston Gralla, July 7, 2009
Recently a Cisco official was quoted as saying that the Smart Grid will be 1,000 times as large as the Internet. That quote, says the Cisco official, was inaccurate --- but she has plenty of good reasons why the Smart Grid will dwarf the Internet.
Marie Hattar, vice president of marketing in Cisco's Network Systems Solutions group, told me that her quote about the Smart Grid eventually growing to be 1,000 times the size of the Internet was not true.
However, she added that there is plenty of reason to believe that the Smart Grid will still dwarf the Internet, even if it won't be 1,000 times as large.
"It has the potential to be larger than the Internet because most people have electricity, but not everyone has Internet access," she explains.
Hattar says that eventually most homes will have devices with intelligent sensors that track power use, and that will be able to be controlled via the grid. So each home will have multiple intelligent devices connected to the grid.
At the moment, there's no clear standard for communicating over the Smart Grid, but Hattar believes that the Internet Protocol (IP) will eventually win out because it's been tested over decades, and is scalable and extensible. She says that IPv6 may be the ideal solution, because of the security built into that new generation of IP, and also because of its much larger namespace than the existing version of IP.
Hattar envisions the Smart Grid extending directly into the home, and homes having not just intelligent devices, but routers and other devices for controlling home energy use. Cisco, she says, plans to be a player in virtually every aspect of the Smart Grid, including the communications fabric as well as home devices.
There have been many claims over the years that home appliances will become attached to networks --- in the early days of Microsoft Bill Gates was making that claim. So far, it hasn't happened.
But Hattar has good reasons to believe that this time is different. There are now many very inexpensive, high-performing wireless sensors that can embedded at very little cost into consumer appliances. It's only a matter of time before that starts to happen -- and she points to a number of pilot projects where it is happening already.
If you're looking for more details about Cisco's plans for the Smart Grid, check out its Smart Grid Solutions page.
Electromagnetic fields at home, at work
W O R K S H O P
characteristics, health effects, how to properly detect problem sources and to identify effective mitigation
Dr. Andrew Michrowski, instructor
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: health practitioners, architects, engineers, electricians, the responsible laypersons willing to improve their lifestyles.
Electromagnetic spectrum; bioeffects: electric, magnetic, electromagnetic fields thermal, linear/non-linear effects; absorption characteristics; scalars; melatonin link; symptoms for types of exposure; transmission & propagation of electromagnetic signals; harmonics, transients, damping; exposure situations; emission magnification and reduction; guidelines – their development; emerging regulations; exposure hygiene: who should be protected – at what age, where (school, bedroom, long-term usage sites, medical device usage); wiring - types, code, grounding, typical problems / inexpensive solutions; critical exposures: workstation and therapy area environment; rural environments; measuring equipment: electrical, electrostatics/ion discrimination, magnetic (dosimeters, gaussmeters, single axis and multi-pole probes), static magnetic fields; RF & MW, ammeter, electrical resistivity; protocol and procedure; tracing; geopathics and health – situations and health effects; hypersensitivity – allergen link with electromagnetics; subtle energy interface; interface of medication; subtle energy therapeutics; personal protection devices – what to expect, their rationale.
Friday evening is introductory; Saturday, Sunday sessions are directed at training. Your professional society may grant education credits for the workshop. Certificate issued, at request, upon successful exam.
TORONTO October 23 - 25, 2009
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Friday (introductory): 7PM to10PM
Electromagnetic spectrum; its use by sector, mode of transmission as dependent on frequency and wavelength, dispersion; Nomenclature: Hertz, Tesla, Gauss, Watt/cm2. Range of bioeffects: electric, magnetic, electromagnetic; differentiation between thermal and non thermal, linear and non-linear; absorption characteristics; scalar electromagnetics; the melatonin connection. Transmission & distribution: wiring, transmission lines,antennae. Concept of circuits. Voltage/amperage. Harmonics, transients, beating of 2 or more frequencies [F1 + F2 = (F1 + F2) + (F1 - F2) / 30 + 10 = 40 + 20]. Guidelines based on independent European experience -- how developed in early 1980s. New regulations coming along: 2mG, preference for 1mG. Exposure hygiene: who should be protected, as of what age, where (school, bedroom, long-term usage). Symptoms to look out for (powerline frequencies: German statistics; for microwave: disorientation, incoherence immune system breakdown). Status of Microwave technology emissions: distribution characteristics and effects on general population and their implication s.
Saturday (practical): 9AM to 5PM
Electromagnetic field characteristics in residences and buildings: results of surveys and on-site research. Basic wiring configurations: panel, sub-panel (good & to avoid). How magnetic fields are magnified: spacing of conduits (knob and tube wiring), loop circuits, re-radiation phenomena. How magnetic fields may be reduced: phasing, compacting wires; annulling; counteractors; "white noise" formula; shock bow effect / Faraday effect; absorption. Type of situations encountered: wiring configuration -- knob & tube, series, grounding wires, transmission lines, shielding with MuMetal. Electrical Code grounding requirements. Purpose of grounding systems. Mitigation: sundry fields; water main problematics, re-grounding, transformer poles, some neighbourhood dynamics; isolation of critical areas - bedroom, etc. Work environments & EMI - classroom dynamics, farm environments (general and barns), supercomputer facilities.
Sunday (hands-on experience): 9AM to 5PM
Equipment: electrical, electrostatics / ion discrimination, magnetic (dosimeters, gaussmeters, single and multi-pole probe), static magnetic fields; RF & MW; ammeter. Protocol and procedure of analysis of situation (indoor/outdoor, peripheral, walk through, profiles). Tracing. Determination of panel-driven EMF. Balance equation of grounding returns: neutral, grounding wire, TV, Cable. Hands-on experience.
Instructor: A. Michrowski
Dr. Andrew Michrowski studied at the faculties of Architecture and Urbanism at the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, where he received his Dott. Arch. degree with honours. He has served with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs as Chief Planner, followed by senior positions with the Secretary of State of Canada as forecaster, analyst and program evaluator.
He has authored such papers as, Solutions to the global environmental crisis (Address at the United Nations), The electromagnetic dimension of indoor environments (5th International conference on Indoor Air), Nuclear fuel waste management and disposal concept and Practical EMF pointers. He has edited, co-edited such books as: New energy technology, Basis of electromagnetic hygiene, Studying problems associated with video display systems, The ELF factor: selected bibliography, Emerging energy science (also developed into an electronic information database of same name), VDT sources: the ELF factor, selected references, and An ELF primer.
He was scientific advisor of a national prime-time TV special, Nikola Tesla - the forgotten genius, special advisor to the producer of the film, The secret of Nikola Tesla (with Orson Welles), scientific advisor for the award-winning (best United Kingdom documentary of the year) BBC Horizon/NOVA series production, The mysterious Mr. Tesla; and, producer of the investigative TV documentary, The question of video display terminals.
He lectures before scientific and engineering societies and makes presentations on current scientific issues before concerned groups. Since 1991, he has been providing extended workshops, some of which lead to certificates, on EMF with a view of enabling participants to identify and to mitigate EMF problems in the built environment. Between 1993-6 he was head of the study team analyzing electromagnetic fields in Canadian houses for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Further work has been done for consumer reports, safe housing EMF guidelines and for UN presentations on EMF issues in Geneva.