Big Data's Surprising Uses: From Lady Gaga To CIA
December 17, 2012 09:06 AM As big data analytics rapidly become mainstream, the technology shows promise in many unexpected places. Check out who's tapping into big data.
There are many data issues when it comes to alternative energy sources like wind and solar. Not only can the gear show up in many more locations on the grid, these forms of electrical production are variable, depending on environmental conditions. Add in the so-called "smart grid," whereby electrical consumers can flow their excess production back onto the network, and result is the need for much more monitoring and measurement, which means much more data.