The Connected Home

The “connected life” is a growing movement to connect everything—our cars, lamps, refrigerators, and even our toothbrushes—to each other and the Internet. To understand the opportunities these new technologies offer our lives, we caught up with Eric Taub, a long-time technology writer for The New York Times and Parade, among others, at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

What happens at CES?
The Consumer Electronics Show is the debut party for all things digital. Whether you’re looking for the latest innovations in televisions, vacuum cleaners, cars, or light bulbs, CES is the place to be.

And what did you see this year?
Lots of improvements to technology breakthroughs that first started over the past few years, including the latest self-driving cars, connected refrigerators, and internet-connected thermostats, light bulbs, and exercise gear.

What’s a connected refrigerator? And why is everything connecting to the internet?
Smartphones and our continuous access to the internet has made the “connected life” possible. The idea is that with everything connected, we can control anything from anywhere. And one item can control another. Add in artificial intelligence, and our cars and appliances will eventually even learn what we like, suggest things that we might enjoy, and then do them for us. Imagine a car that knows you like to get a coffee every morning at 8 a.m. and directs you to the nearest Starbucks. Or a refrigerator that sees you have bread and cheese in it and tells you about a great grilled cheese sandwich recipe—and even turns on the oven in preparation. 

How are cars going to be connected to everything?
Once cars are connected to the internet—and that’s already happening—you’ll be able to start a song at home on your smartphone, and then pick up where you left off when you start driving. As you approach your home at night, your vehicle will automatically sense you’re near, and signal your house lights to turn on, set your stove to preheat for the evening meal, and even record your favorite show that you might have missed otherwise. If your home alarm gets triggered while you’re driving, you’ll be able to get a signal within your vehicle, and even see the video feed from your home on your car’s navigation screen.

How else will this connected world affect our lives?
Healthcare is becoming part of the connected world. Today, if you have diabetes, you can check your blood sugar level using an Apple Watch, and have the results automatically sent to your physician. If you have heart failure, you can track weight gain and blood pressure changes at home, on your smartphone, and automatically have those measurements sent to your doctor’s office as well. If there’s a problem, they can call you immediately and take corrective action.
 
All of this obviously requires power. What happens if the power goes out?
When you lose power, you lose access to your connected life. The more connected we become, power outages are no longer just an inconvenience; it could be a matter of saving a life.

Have you ever experienced a power loss?
Ironically, at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the main convention hall lost power for over two hours as a result of unexpected heavy rains. Tens of thousands of people had to be evacuated. All of the great connected products that we’d been discussing went down. And with that, the connected world suddenly became the disconnected world. 

The Cummins Connect Series of home generators also have some pretty smart technology built into them. The 13-20kW QuietConnect generators have in-built intelligence allowing you to control your home’s electrical loads automatically so you don’t have to pick and choose what you back up. You can also control the generator from anywhere in the world via a handy smartphone app. This allows you to monitor its status, receive critical notifications before issues occur and control your generator from anywhere at any time, giving you the peace of mind that your home – and life – will remain safe and connected during a power outage.
 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Cummins QSK95-Powered Generator Sets Debut in Turkey to Support Gold Mine

In the scope of the Çöpler Sulfide Expansion Project, Cummins Turkey supplied 3 x Cummins C3500D5 generator sets inside a customized container together with remote radiator and air-starting system.
In the scope of the Çöpler Sulfide Expansion Project, Cummins Turkey supplied 3 x Cummins C3500D5 generator sets inside a customized container together with remote radiator and air-starting system.

The first Cummins 3.5 MW, QSK95 Series high-horsepower generator sets have been installed in Turkey, and will provide reliable backup power to a gold mine in the country's east-central region.

The Çöpler Gold Mine is located in the Erzincan Province, approximately 1,100 km southeast from Istanbul and 550 km east from Ankara, Turkey’s capital city. Operated by Anagold Mining Corp., a subsidiary of Alacer Gold Corp., Çöpler mine is expanding its processing facility to include a pressure oxidation circuit to produce gold from sulfide ore.

In the scope of the Çöpler Sulfide Expansion Project, Cummins Turkey supplied 3 x Cummins C3500D5 generator sets inside a customized container together with remote radiator and air-starting system. After a successful witness test, the units have been delivered, installed, and commissioned successfully. The robust, high-speed, 16-cylinder Cummins QSK95 engine improves on the efficiencies of 20-cylinder competitors while delivering comparable power output. Rated at up to 3.5 MW (60 Hz) and 3.75 MVA (50 Hz), these generators are ready to accept the load in less than 10 seconds. Thus, the standby power system from Cummins ensures uninterrupted operations in the event of a power loss to the site.

Cummins Turkey has partnered with the customer on previous projects, and a handful of Cummins generator sets in the 50-litre to 60-litre range are being supported by Cummins Turkey. The ability to work with a global manufacturer with a proven track record in the local area; the Cummins team’s availability, reliability, problem-solving skills and steadfast partnership; and Cummins product quality are all cited as key ingredients of the continued partnership.

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Read more about the QSK95 Series Generator Sets here.

The Cummins QSK95 Series generator set is featured in a case history on the Cloudbreak Mine in western Australia, which can be viewed or downloaded here.

Adam Sidders Marketing Communications Leader Power Systems

Adam Sidders

Adam Sidders is the Marketing Communications Leader for the Power Systems Business Unit of Cummins Inc. Prior to joining Cummins in 2012 Adam worked in Financial Services for Europe’s largest independently owned insurer as their Marketing and Communications Manager. [email protected]

When it Comes to Severe Weather, Don't be Caught Unprepared

Disaster Preparation Checklist

The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active with three category 4 hurricanes making landfall, leaving millions of people without power and causing $265 billion in damage (NOAA). Winter brought little relief from inclement weather: snow pummeled the U.S. from October through April with a record four Nor’easters hitting in March. 

Despite the preparedness hype at the start of each hurricane season, a recent survey by Cummins* found most people (75%) still wished they had been more prepared for the storm. 52% wanted more food and water; 47% desired flashlights, batteries and phone chargers; and 66% wished they had back-up power for their home. 

Survey respondents endured significant inconveniences and financial setbacks as a result of weather-related power outages. More than 50% had to leave their homes, and those that stayed at a hotel -- for up to a week -- spent an average cost of $528. Additionally, 44.8% of homeowners suffered property damage, with an average cost of $3,743. View our infographic to learn more about the emotional and financial toll severe weather can have on people. 

So what can you do to stay ahead of the storm? 

Minimize the impact to you and your family by making a plan for severe weather. Cummins has partnered with meteorologist and FEMA-disaster preparedness expert Cheryl Nelson to help prepare you, your family and your home for severe weather. 

Here are three simple steps to prepare for severe weather:

     1.  Find out if you’re in a flood zone. If so, take immediate steps to get flood insurance, as policies typically take 30 days to go into effect. 

     2.  Prepare a disaster kit for each member of your household, including children and pets. Adults should keep a separate kit in their car and children should have an extra kit for school. At a minimum, your kit should include bottled water, non-perishable food items, a flashlight and medication. Check out our suggestions for additional safety and comfort items for each family member here. 

     3.  Weather is the leading-cause of power-outages in the U.S. (Eaton Blackout Tracker U.S. Annual Report 2017). Have a plan for backup power to ensure vital medical equipment and appliances like sump pumps stay on during a power outage. Unlike a portable generator, a home standby generator like Cummins Quiet Connect Series turns on automatically the moment an outage occurs.

For more tips, watch our video series and download our prep guide to keep handy if disaster strikes. 

*Cummins surveyed 1,000 Americans that suffered through a hurricane and subsequent power outage in 2017
 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Data Centre Continuous Rating a Key Advantage

Consultants and engineers can design with confidence thanks to the DCC rating from Cummins – one of the few suppliers offering a DCC rating as standard.
Consultants and engineers can design with confidence thanks to the DCC rating from Cummins – one of the few suppliers offering a DCC rating as standard.

A key advantage of Cummins diesel generator sets for data-centre applications is that they boast a DCC rating from the Uptime Institute, which guarantees total dependability. This is a key criterion in such a niche but premium market segment, where reliable back-up power is critical, according to Robin Kuriakose, Power Generation Sales Leader for Southern Africa.

The Data Centre Continuous (DCC) rating means that the Cummins diesel generator sets are rated for unlimited hours of operation, with no restrictions on average variable or constant load factor. This spans Cummins’ range of high-horsepower diesel generator sets, from 400 kVA to 3 300 kVA, including Cummins’s ability to offer technical solutions regarding Tier I to Tier IV applications whilst maintaining our two-year standard warranty offering.

Consultants and engineers can design with the confidence that Cummins’ diesel generator sets can be applied up to the specified rating without restrictions on varying or non-varying loads or hours of operation. These ratings greatly simplify the engineering design process, and also make it easier for customers to achieve site certification from the Uptime Institute.

By combining DCC ratings with the time-tested ability of Cummins diesel generator sets to achieve 100% load acceptance in a single step, together with best-in-class PowerCommand® digital controls, data centre customers are assured that their power generation systems are at the cutting edge of technological development.

“This is a particular value-add for our clients, as we are one of very few local suppliers offering a DCC rating as standard,” Kuriakose notes. From large financial institutions to telecoms companies and even parastatals, it is critical that data centres have reliable back-up power in the event of any unforeseen outage.

“Back-up power can be supplemented by UPS, but this solution has a finite battery back-up capacity before it runs out. Only diesel generator sets are capable of supplying power on-demand, for whatever period required,” Kuriakose stresses. The implications of downtime for any data centre are not only potential loss of data, but reduced data traffic, and therefore less revenue generated.

Commenting on battery back-up as a potential solution, Kuriakose points out that this technology still has a long way to go before it matures. “The fact of the matter is that, if power supply to a data centre is interrupted for an entire day, for example, only a diesel generator set is sufficient for such an extended period. Cummins is a premium engine manufacturer, which means that its diesel generator sets are of the highest quality.”

Cummins’ complete power system solutions for data-centre applications comprise high-horsepower generator sets, automatic transfer switches, digital control technology, and remote monitoring and control in the form of PowerCommand, which allows operators to view power system performance from a web browser, for example.

“These innovations represent the cutting edge in data-centre back-up power supply. The combination of reliable equipment and seamless components, together with the DCC rating, make our diesel generator sets the most trusted in the world for such critical applications,” Kuriakose elaborates.

Cummins was a proud exhibitor at Infracom at the Kyalami Theatre on the Track in June, billed as the biggest data-centre networking event in Africa. “We are seeing a lot of development in this space in the local market, particularly as we have a product range designed specifically for it. There is a definite push for more data centres, due to the growing need for effective data storage. This is why our ongoing commitment to this market is reflected through our participation at key events such as Infracom,” Kuriakose stresses.

From design to operation, Cummins is there throughout every phase of a data centre project through dedicated project management staff and expert delivery of integrated turnkey programs. This upfront involvement allows Cummins to offer the latest technology and the best aftermarket support and back-up. “A key differentiator for us is our total power solutions approach, which means our involvement can extend from the design to the actual installation and commissioning,” Kuriakose concludes.
 

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha is part of the Africa Middle East ABO supporting marketing, communications and event management for power generation marketing.

Anisha joined Cummins Middle East in 2009 to support the Administration team in a temporary role. She gained more industry experience working in the event management field before joining back in 2011. Her previous role in Cummins Middle East include Marketing Assistant where she supported special events and marketing activities.

Anisha has a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Commerce & Marketing, followed by a diploma in Event Management & Innovative Marketing.

The ABCs for Preparing School-Aged Children for Severe Weather

As summer comes to a close, children around the country begin a new school year armed with a new backpack stocked with school supplies. You’ve prepared your children with the supplies they need to learn, but are they prepared should severe weather strike?


Being prepared for severe weather can help keep children safe and comforted during a storm or power outage.

Severe weather is a threat across the country. In late August, Hurricane Lane brought over four feet of rain to Hawaii, resulting in power outages across many of the islands. After an active 2017 hurricane season, the Southeast is on high alert as we enter peak hurricane season, at the same time snow is starting to fall in other parts of the country (we’re talking about you Montana!) 

September is National Preparedness Month, making it the ideal time create a disaster prep kit for your children. Cummins Weather and Preparedness Advisor Cheryl Nelson, a FEMA-certified disaster preparedness expert, recommends the ABCs – an Action Plan, Basics and Creature Comforts.

A is for Action Plan

  • Designate a meeting place in the event your family is separated
  • Create an emergency card including your child’s medical information and a list of contacts including parents and approved caregivers if you are separated from your child
  • Make sure all family members are familiar with the action plan

B is for Basics

  • Small, waterproof flashlight with extra batteries
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Personal hygiene supplies, including shampoo, body wash, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand wipes and sanitizer 
  • Long-lasting snacks like trail mix, granola bars and fruit snacks
  • Bottled water (your household emergency kit should include one gallon per person for three days)
  • Small, brightly colored backpack marked with reflective tape to store your child’s emergency supplies

C is for Creature Comforts 

  • Your children will appreciate the additional comfort the following items can provide during a disaster:  
  • Extra pair of socks (and shoes if possible)
  • Sweat suit that can double as pajamas
  • Disposable rain poncho
  • $10 in small bills 
  • Small notebook and crayons
  • Activity kit
  • A favorite blanket or stuffed animal

Make sure your child also knows where their kit is in case a friend, relative or caregiver is with them when disaster strikes. For more prep tips for the entire family, visit homegenerator.cummins.com/weatherprep

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

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