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Fill it or empty it better with cloud feedback

Vending machines need to be filled. Garbage cans needs to be emptied. Cloud feedback can reduce transportation costs and improve service levels for any container-based service.

April 28, 2010 · knovak · 2 Comments
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Cloud feedback serves many masters

Once data about a process is collected and analyzed, the process can be improved. Most of the time, it’s improved in more than one way at once. Cloud feedback applications nearly always have multiple paybacks.

March 2, 2010 · knovak · No Comments
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Home automation for security, efficiency, convenience

There are a lot of home automation systems available today. Some of the oldest go back five or 10 years, and these required a local controller and a special display or a link to the home TV. Also, they were difficult or impossible to control when away from the home.  More recent systems are more cloud oriented, […]

February 23, 2010 · knovak · No Comments
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Cloud feedback provides proof

Using cloud feedback, a system is monitored and its owner can prove that it performed as expected. This is often important, both commercially and legally.

February 17, 2010 · knovak · No Comments
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Regen Energy saves power

Regen Energy combines local and cloud feedback uses cloud feedback for energy management. Their small devices monitor and adjust electric use to save energy and money.

February 16, 2010 · knovak · 2 Comments
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Watching water from the cloud

Keeping track of reservoirs and rivers is a well-established use of cloud feedback. Examples are provided from 20 years in Australia, California and Ireland.

February 7, 2010 · knovak · No Comments
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Fat Spaniel for renewable energy

Fat Spaniel Technologies has provided cloud feedback services since 2003.  It attaches monitoring and communication devices to wind and solar generators, which send data via cell phone or other networks to their cloud service, which processes and displays the data.  They provide a number of ways to use the data.  They have grown rapidly, and are expanding […]

February 4, 2010 · knovak · No Comments
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Why use the cloud for feedback?

Cloud computing refers to the placement of computer applications in shared data centers on the Internet.  I’ve written and spoken about cloud computing elsewhere, and there are many good summaries online. Cloud computing provides facilities and systems that benefit many applications — especially feedback applications.  Here’s a list of the key benefits:

January 29, 2010 · knovak · No Comments
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GreenRoad cuts accidents and saves fuel

GreenRoad provides an example of cloud feedback in transportation, cutting accidents and fuel use by monitoring drivers of cars, trucks and buses.

January 27, 2010 · knovak · No Comments
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What is cloud feedback?

Cloud feedback is a new system architecture that connects sensors and actuators to hosted (“cloud”) computer services. It cuts costs, and has many applications

January 26, 2010 · knovak · No Comments
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