It's a shame that is has taken so long for every industry to learn that elegance in design is more important that brute force. In this case it is elegance in power management. As mobile device power demand eats up 1% of the world's energy generations, it only makes sense. To put that into perspective, smelting all the world's aluminum eats up 5% of global energy, 1% is enormous.
I visited the "greenest" building in Chicago recently and realized, it could be more green. Most of its energy still comes from the infrastructure, despite its multitudes of solar panels and geothermal harvesting. If that is the best we can do, we have a long way to go. Their call should be a little louder.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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