Chuck, Smart grid-ready products are definitely a push for automation and control. The combination of more intelligent devices, high power plus the need for advanced networking and analytics make it a good area for innovation. Plus I'm sure lots of money will be spent on this infrastructure in the next 3-5 years and beyond.
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.
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