''Reliable supplemental and backup energy, are imperative to avoid situations like we had in Texas.''
An Interview with Laura Jones
President & Co-Founder, Regent Power, LLC
A renewable energy storage integration and asset development firm specialising in various applications integrates advanced technologies that reduce crime and improve quality of life. We caught up LAURA JONES, CEO and technological visionary at Regent Power, LLC, as Executive Global discuss making the world a safer and cleaner place, using Smart City technology and clean, renewable energy.
EG: What are some of the most exciting technologies driving sustainability that Regent Power have to bring to market in 2021?
LJ: I’m genuinely excited about our triple-layer gunshot detection and prevention systems. They are self-powered, up to 98% accurate. Because there is no human interface to determine if the sound is a gunshot, we eliminate the high level of false positives of other systems. When combined with surveillance cameras, 360° cameras, and license plate recognition, police have a powerful outdoor detection tool. Our Electric Vehicle Charging systems that utilise energy storage for maximum performance and flexibility, and battery generators and micro-grids coupled with renewable energy are the future as well.
EG: What strategy do you feel executives can deploy to make their organisations more sustainable in 2021?
LJ: Solar or LED rebates are great for utilising energy efficiency. Even if there are not incentives, an LED lighting retrofit can pay for itself within two years, on some projects in months. Then the organisations can reap the rewards of lower energy costs.
EG: How integral is renewable energy generation to the successful operation of a Smart City?
LJ: Reliable supplemental and back-up energy, are imperative to avoid situations like we had in Texas. Everything is affected, from heat, light, hospital operations, water, and toilets.
EG: Having reliably provided bespoke DC microgrid solutions for 10+ years to businesses and organisations wanting to maintain operations and smooth workflow during a power outage, how important is it (especially with the advent of the current crisis) for companies to have these kinds of contingency plans implemented?
LJ: Battery-powered generators and micro-grids—ideally powered by renewable energy such as solar and rotary wind turbines provide security (and even deliver cost savings when used to peak shave). Manufacturing companies can’t afford rolling blackouts due to severe weather, or a cyber-attack of the grid to cause power interruption. A custom-designed micro-grid can keep manufacturing (or a hospital) going, even during a blackout. Every company should evaluate and develop a plan for an eventual short and long-term blackout. The DOE confirmed that many generators don’t work in emergencies because they have not been adequately conditioned and maintained, the diesel will gel.
EG: The Tesla is a game-changing automobile. How are you improving the EV charging infrastructure to support the mass roll-out of such innovative electric cars in a manner that benefits society on a greater level?
LJ: Infrastructure is critical to the coming (and dramatic) influx of electric vehicles. Range anxiety is no longer an issue as auto manufacturers are rolling out
A universal energy hub that includes multiple avenues to monetise energy storage is ideal. These include battery storage charged by renewables, digital advertising at EV charge points, power-sharing facility integration when excess energy is available. Energy storage optimises off-peak charging. Scalability is essential so that the charging speed can increase as newer EVs enter the market.
EG: Why has your Active Shooter Technology been so valuable to law enforcement, and how may this be strategically implemented to benefit public safety?
LJ: Unlike other suppliers, we can install custom systems in smaller (¼, 1/3, or ½ mile) increments allows customisation for crime hot-spots. Self-powered with renewables enable continuous runtime. The system utilises Artificial Intelligence, eliminates human interpretation; alerts are real-time with an audio clip and map. Cameras capture the incident in HD. We offer police leaders a powerful tool to quickly respond and apprehend a violent shooter.
EG: How do you think IoT-based technologies will develop in the next 10 years to maximise a sustainable future?
LJ: IoT-based technologies are continuously improving and expanding to solve problems and benefits that we’ve not even conceived. We have come to expect “Smart” homes, lighting, thermostats, and most anything that we use can become “Smart.” The Cloud offers an avenue to store a tremendous amount of data, and systems are increasingly collaborative for effective overall strategies. An increasing worry is that these systems may be vulnerable to hackers. EG