For more than 100 years, electric utilities worldwide made relatively few investments to electric distribution networks; focusing primarily on generation and transmission infrastructure. As such, the traditional electric distribution system—comprised of a passive network of poles, wires, transformers and capacitors— delivered power to commercial, industrial and residential customers in largely the same manner for decades.
We are at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, defined by its velocity and volume, scope and scale, and systems impact. The foundation of this new era is squarely built upon the success of the "digital grid." The first three revolutions—defined by the introduction of steam and mechanization, electricity and computing, respectively—all had profound societal impacts, but they lacked the exponential rate of technological breakthroughs and complexity that define the fourth.
Disaster recovery remains a driving force for Asia, which experiences more natural disasters than any other region in the world. Floods, earthquakes and cyclones continue to wreak havoc—killing people, wiping out homes and livelihoods, and leaving economies in distress.
The future of electric utilities is tightly bound to their ability to provide automated distribution of electric services. To support these evolving intelligent delivery systems, reliable high performance Internet Protocol (IP) data communications are required. Today’s utility communications networks consist of two distinct parts: Information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), with the IT network supporting the business operations and the OT network supporting electric service delivery operations.
Strategic Directions Report reflects increasing engagement tied to smart city, smart utility efforts
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, January 24, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Cities and utilities are increasingly relying on data analytics tools to advance their smart systems, even as municipal leaders grapple with how to pay for these upgrades. Fulfilling the smart city promise will require integrating communication technology and increasing stakeholder engagement.
Modernization of the U.S. power grid will not only require replacement of old components with new ones, it will also need to account for larger amounts of renewable energy and distributed generation. This movement is causing utilities to consider microgrids as a part of the solution.
The mainstream media has suddenly turned against the promised land of IOT-enabled future. Here's why they're wrong.
Wired magazine just launched the latest tirade about how the Internet of Things is losing luster among consumers. "It’s enough to make you wonder whether it’s time to scrap the whole idea of smart things and get back to basics. After all, having to get out of bed to turn the heat down or switch off the lights is the ultimate First World problem."
A similar critical story appeared in Forbes last week, and now there are "anti" IOT websites popping up, including one called "internet of useless things."
I spent last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)—an almost overwhelming ocean of innovation—during which 170,000 people converged on Vegas to see the most advanced and ingenious products, technologies, and prototypes that the human mind can comprehend. This year’s show was as vibrant and interesting as ever, flaunting lofty visions from inventors and entrepreneurs across the globe.