We hear smart phone, meters, grids, systems all around us and we can be driven to distraction hearing this and not knowing what is really means. Our frustration includes that dictionaries do little to help us understand what SMART really means in the context of today. The context being SMART is more about what is deliverable through clever two-way communication. But does that mean workable one-way communication is dumb?
Research suggests the first known uses of the term occur in the November 1981 issue of Management Review by George T. Doran (source Wikipedia). Now if we look at the objectives given by our source we find: “SMART / SMARTER is a mnemonic to guide people when they set objectives, often called Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), for example for project management, employee performance management and personal development. The letters broadly conform to the words Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely with the addition of the words Evaluate and Reevaluate used in more recent literature.”
However, when we talk in terms of technology we note: “S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology; often written as SMART) is a monitoring system for computer hard disk drives to detect and report on various indicators of reliability, in the hope of anticipating failures. When a failure is anticipated by S.M.A.R.T., the user may choose to replace the drive to avoid unexpected outage and data loss. The manufacturer may be able to use the S.M.A.R.T. data to discover where faults lie and prevent them from recurring in future drive designs.”
Then for our energy supply we note: In addition to growing concerns about the electricity grid’s robustness and reliability, the grid was designed and built with one basic objective in mind – keeping the lights on. Meanwhile, other concerns have become increasingly important in the political and public dialogue about the status and future of the electrical grid, particularly: Energy efficiency - Environmental impacts - Consumer choice.
Worldwide governments and utilities are investing in new technologies in order to keep up with demand for energy and build a grid that: Runs more efficiently - Generates higher-quality power - Resists attack - Is self-healing - Enables consumers to manage their energy use better and reduce costs - Integrates decentralised generation (e.g., bioenergy, renewable energy. Gas fired), and storage (such as fuel cell) technologies.
In addition to meeting the need for reliable, high-quality power, these technologies are intended to meet the economy’s energy needs as efficiently as possible, optimizing energy consumption and related environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions.
CO2Land org notes these technologies are often referred to generically as smart grid technologies. In this usage of Smart, the SMART grid describes a set of related technologies, rather than specific technology with a generally agreed-on specification.
Continuing on with SMART technologies these fall into five main areas:
- Two-way integrated communications: allow for real-time control, information and data exchange to optimize system reliability, asset utilization, and security.
- Sensing and measurement: evaluate congestion and grid stability, congestion and grid stability, monitor equipment health, detect energy theft, and support control strategies support.
- Advanced components: flexible alternating current transmission system devices, high-voltage direct current, first- and second-generation superconducting wire, high-temperature superconducting cable, distributed energy generation and storage devices, composite conductors, and “intelligent” appliances.
- Advanced control that enables rapid diagnosis of and precise solutions to specific grid disruptions or outages.
- Improved interfaces and decision support that reduce complexity so that operators and managers have tools to effectively and efficiently operate a grid with increasing numbers of variables.
Therefore it could be said Smart Grid is a two way communication system fundamentally concerned with the long-term sustainability of the system.
Then if we go back to SMART project management:
There is no point communicating if you do not want an effect. The effect you want to achieve must start with effective communication giving or developing a clear picture of what you want to achieve. At this point you could be evolving dumb communication as suggested at the start of this discussion – a one-way exchange keeping people informed and being supportive. The one-way communication could be reports, a newsletter or other required proforma. It may be elegant, stylish and easy to read or it might be rubbish – A scruffy report leaves the impression of a lack of control or lack of concern for what is good for the result.
To be smart in this context the communication must achieve change. That is the desired change and several key elements need to be incorporated. To start with, the most important element is:
The information needs to be Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Time framed – SMART.
The second element is illustrate the reason why it is important TO YOU. If your audience does not believe you are feeling the need how can you expect them to understand the need.
The last element is to get mutuality. A communication that recognises the receiver can expect something of value for them too. Sometimes called WIIFM – What’s in it for me. It is said SMART people understanding WIIFM trumps altruism 8 out of 10 times.
Of course it must be ethic mutuality, and there is no point in communicating with someone if you don’t want change or an effect.
What does the formal classical description of smart refer to:
adj. smart·er, smart·est (the freedictionary)
a. Characterized by sharp quick thought; bright. See Synonyms at intelligent.
b. Amusingly clever; witty: a smart quip; a lively, smart conversation.
c. Impertinent; insolent: That’s enough of your smart talk.
2. Energetic or quick in movement: a smart pace.
3. Canny and shrewd in dealings with others: a smart negotiator.
4. Fashionable; elegant: a smart suit; a smart restaurant; the smart set. See Synonyms at fashionable.
a. Capable of making adjustments that resemble human decisions, especially in response to changing circumstances: smart missiles.
b. Manufactured to regulate the amount of light transmitted in response to varying light conditions or to an electronic sensor or control unit: smart windows.
6. New England & Southern U.S. Accomplished; talented: He’s a right smart ball player.
intr.v. smart·ed, smart·ing, smarts
a. To cause a sharp, usually superficial, stinging pain: The slap delivered to my face smarted.
b. To be the location of such a pain: The incision on my leg smarts.
c. To feel such a pain.
2. To suffer acutely, as from mental distress, wounded feelings, or remorse: “No creature smarts so little as a fool” (Alexander Pope).
3. To suffer or pay a heavy penalty.
1. Sharp mental or physical pain. See Synonyms at pain.
2. smarts Slang Intelligence; expertise: a reporter with a lot of smarts.
Are their other SMART’s out there? Check out this list of acronym, is there more?
|SMART||Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (hard drive feature; warns of problems before total failure)|
|SMART||Self-Management and Recovery Training|
|SMART||Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation|
|SMART||Start Making A Reader Today|
|SMART||Simple Modular Architecture Research Tool|
|SMART||Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation|
|SMART||Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology (NASA)|
|SMART||Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (project; Malaysia)|
|SMarT||Save More Tomorrow|
|SMART||Simple Multi-Attribute Rating Technique (software development)|
|SMART||Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force|
|SMART||Stress Management And Relaxation Training|
|SMART||Swatch Mercedes Art (Daimler-Benz automobile model)|
|SMART||Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending,. Registering, and Tracking (US Department of Justice)|
|SMART||Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely|
|SMART||System to Manage Accutane Related Teratogenicity|
|SMART||Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound|
|SMART||Simulation and Modeling for Acquisition, Requirements and Training|
|SMART||Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association|
|SMART||Special Medical Augmentation Response Team (US Army MEDCOM)|
|SMART||South Metro Area Rapid Transit|
|SMART||Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Trailer|
|SMART||Satellite Mutual Aid Radio Talkgroup|
|SMART||Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Tangible|
|SMART||State Messaging and Archive Retrieval Toolset (US State Department)|
|SMART||Somatic Mutation and Recombination Test|
|SMART||Save Money and Reduce Taxes|
|SMART||Systemwide Mental Assessment Response Team (Los Angeles Police Department)|
|SMART||Sustainable Model for Arctic Regional Tourism|
|SMART||Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team|
|SMART||Special Military Active-Retired Travel Club|
|SMART||Strategic Marketing and Research Techniques|
|SMART||Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit (California Bay Area)|
|SMART||System Metric and Reporting Tool|
|SMART||Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, and Timely (process metrics)|
|SMART||Soundly Made, Accountable, Reasonable, and Thrifty|
|SMART||Southern Modified Auto Racing Teams|
|SMART||State of Missouri Alcohol Responsibility Training|
|SMART||Smart Motorcyclists Attend Rider Training|
|SMaRT||Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer Station (Sunnyvale, California)|
|SMART||Somatotrophics, Memory, and Aging Research Trial (clinical trial)|
|SMART||System of Measurement And Reporting for Technologies (Canada)|
|SMART||Surface Mining Association for Research and Technology|
|SMART||Shared Many-To-Many ATM Reservations|
|SMART||Supply Maintenance Aviation Re-Engineering Team (Links maintenance and supply chains)|
|SMART||Self-Measurement for the Assessment of the Response to Trandolapril|
|SMART||Specific, Measurable, Appropriate, Realistic, Time-Bound|
|SMART||Simple Maintenance of Arts|
|SMART||Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-oriented, Time-based|
|SMART||Sun Metro Area Rapid Transit|
|SMART||Standard Modular Avionics Repair and Test (software)|
|SMART||Statistical Methodology Analysis Reporting Technique (performance monitoring model)|
|SMART||Senior Medication Awareness and Training|
|SMART||Sunset Marketing and Revitalization Team (Rail advocacy group)|
|SMART||SCSI Managed Array Technology (Compaq Smart Controller)|
|SMART||Sailor/Marine American Council of Education Registry Transcript|
|SMART||Students Making A Right Turn|
|SMART||Securities Market Automated Regulated Trading Architecture|
|SMART||Supportability Management Assessment Report Tool|
|SMART||Sichang Marine Science Research and Training Station|
|SMART||Safety and Mission Assurance Review Team|
|SMART||Secure Messaging And Routing Terminal|
|SMART||Structural Maintenance And Repair Team|
|SMART||Stockton Metropolitan Transit District|
|SMART||System Monitoring and Remote Tuning|
|SMART||Susceptibility Model Assessment with Range Test|
|SMART||Simulation and Modeling Anchored in Real-World Testing|
|SMART||Sequential Modular Architecture for Robotics and Teleoperation (Sandia Labs)|
|SMART||System to Motivate and Reward Teachers|
|SMART||School Management And Record Tracking|
|SMART||Shop Floor Modeling, Analysis, and Reporting Tool|
|SMART||Service de Mesure et d’Analyse de La Radioactivité et des Éléments Tracés (French: Service Measurement and Analysis of Radioactivity and Trace Elements)|
|SMART||Sales Marketing and Real Technologies Pty Ltd (Melbourne, Australia)|
|SMART||Stockpile Materials Requirement Tabulator|
|SMART||Solid Modeling Aerospace Research Tool|
|SMART||Strategies for Motivating and Rewarding Teachers (Houston, Texas)|
|SMART||Shipboard Modular Arrangement Reconfiguration Technology|
|SMART||Southern Maine Alternative to Residential Treatment|
|SMART||Special Medical Augmentation Reaction Team (US Army, Medical Command)|
|SMArt||Sensor-Fuzed Munitions for Artillery|
|SMART||Specific, Motivating, Achievable, Rewarding, and Tactical|
|SMART||Service Management and Resource Tool (Covad)|
|SMART||Short Maturity Analytic and Reporting Tool|
|SMART||Small Motor Aerospace Technology|
|SMART||Stress-Marginality and Accelerated-Reliability Testing|
|SMART||Submarine Message Automated Routing Terminal|
|SMART||Stock Management And Replenishment Tracking (B&Q)|
|SMART||Supply Maintenance Assessment Review Team|
|SMART||Space Mission Assessment for Reliability and Tactics|
|SMART||Sensors Mounted As Roving Threads|
|SMART||Student Managed Academic Resource Time|
|SMART||Signaal Multibeam Acquisition Radar for Tracking (Dutch naval radar)|
|SMART||Synthetic Multiple Aperture Radar Technology|
|SMART||Sustainable Multi Species Agricultural Resource User Trial|
|SMART||Stimulated Martensite-Austenite Reverse Transformation|
|SMART||Stereoscopic Mapping and Rescaling Technology|
|SMART||Super Music Action Ready Team (cartoons)|
|SMART||Systems Management Analysis, Research & Test|
|SMART||Service Management Analysis and Reporting Tool (Sprint)|
|SMART||Shipboard Multipurpose Analysis and Reduction Tool|
|SMART||Scalable Multi-Priority Allocation of Resources and Traffic (Newbridge)|
|SMART||Soldiers Manual, Army Training|
|SMART||Simulation and Modeling Assistant for Research and Training|
|SMART||Simulation Model for Allocation of Resources for Training|
|SMART||Skilled Motor Vehicle and Rider Training|
|SMART||Ship’s Material Assessment and Readiness Testing|
|SMART||System for the Management of Rejected Transactions|
|SMART||Supply Management Army Retrieval Technique|
|SMART||Standard Multiple Application Regulation Topology|
|SMART||Submarine Modernization and Alterations Requirements Tool|
|SMART||Swinger and Magnetic Analyzer with a Rotator and Twister|
|SMART||Special-emphasis Material Action & Reporting Technique|
|SMART||System Management & Allocation of Resources Technique|
|SMART||Satellite Maintenance And Repair Techniques|
|SMART||Southeast Michigan Astrologers’ Round Table|
|SMART||Structures et Marché Agricoles, Ressources et Territoires (French: Agricultural and Market Structure, Resources and Territories)|
|SMART||Southeast Michigan Area Rapid Transit (Metro Detroit public transit system)|
|SMART||National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (federal grant)|
|SMART||Security Management Architecture (Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.)|
|SMART||Simple, Manageable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely|
|SMART||Service Maîtrise des Risques au Travail (French: Service Risk Management at Work; Electricité de France)|
Are you smart enough yet? If I was dumb I might say it is ART (attainable, result orientated and Targeted). Because it is simply then a rating or action to occur if, rather than IF, THEN, ELSE!