Human factors engineering takes lessons from psychology, sociology, anthropology, neuroscience, and a variety of other fields, and then applies engineering principles to achieve a desired outcome. For example, this could involve an operator trying to maintain their level of stress in "the middle": not too low, where low motivation, attention, memory, and situational awareness are a big concern, neither too high, where decisions tend to be made rapidly without considering all the factors.
Creating A More Resilient Grid Means Using Tools That Put People In The Middle
With each passing day, the electric power grid continues the process of morphing into something new we haven’t seen before. This rapid transformation, with hundreds of thousands of assets already massing at the grid edge, will ultimately involve millions of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices. Add that to the enormous level of intermittent renewable assets that have come on line and will in the years to come, and it implies a whole new way of managing our power grids. It will also require new ways of sorting, processing, visualizing and acting on all that data.
Human beings are sitting in controls rooms and constantly having to make critical decisions. The complexity, has exceeded our capacity for information processing. It really comes down to the question of how do we set people up to handle this new world.
- Michael Legatt, PhD, Founder & CEO ResilientGrid, Inc.
ResilientGrid Wins Capital Factory Smart City Challenge & $100K Investment
Cities across the world have been challenged to provide the fundamental necessities to grow — better transportation, affordable housing, clean energy. As one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, Austin is no exception. Although technology isn’t the answer to all our problems, it has always been a driving force in the growth of a city. We teamed up with MobilityX, Austin Tech Alliance and the City of Austin to give one tech startup a $100,000 investment but left giving two startups the opportunity — what can we say? Two is better than one.
Our team of Mentors, city council members and officials, and representatives from MobilityX went through hours of pitches and one-on-one meetings with the six finalists. There were so many amazing companies that we couldn’t pick one — so we picked two! We decided that Cloud 9 and ResilientGrid would each receive a $100,000 investment to transform Austin into a city of the future.