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Pecan Street Project aims to merge wireless with utilities

RCR Wireless News sat down with Brewster McCracken, executive director of the Pecan Street Project in Austin, Texas, to discuss how the telecommunications sector will intersect with utilities. McCracken, a recognized Austin figure who spent two terms on the Austin City Council, talks about how a smart-grid can do everything from helping people remember they are out of orange juice to helping the sandwich generation monitor their aging parents’ activities while still giving them privacy.
The Pecan Street Project’s mission is to design and implement an energy generation and management system that generates a power plant’s worth of power from clean sources within the city limits and delivers it over an advanced delivery system that allows for unprecedented customer energy management and conservation. Wireless services are part of that effort because the technology can deliver the intelligence to the grid.
Utilities are good at managing electrical grids, but wireless carriers will be better able to access and use data from the grid, McCracken said.
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Tracy Ford
Former Associate Publisher and Executive Editor, RCR Wireless NewsCurrently HetNet Forum Director703-535-7459 Ford has spent more than two decades covering the rapidly changing wireless industry, tracking its changes as it grew from a voice-centric marketplace to the dynamic data-intensive industry it is today. She started her technology journalism career at RCR Wireless News, and has held a number of titles there, including associate publisher and executive editor. She is a winner of the American Society of Business Publication Editors Silver Award, for both trade show and government coverage. A graduate of the Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Ford holds a B.S. degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on public relations.

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