Why Utilities Have a Head Start on IoT
In the March/April 2017 issue of Electric Energy T&D Magazine, Trilliant’s Ryan Gerbrandt asks, when it comes to “The Internet of Things: Will Utilities Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way?”
He asserts that, through the need to deploy smart grid communications for smart meters (and other smart grid devices), utilities have done a lot of heavy lifting. They’ve gotten a head start on problem-solving key challenges for the coming #IoT era.
From the early days when many embraced a variety of embedded, device-specific communications, it soon became apparent that near real-time data could produce mountains of data that proved unwieldy to manage, share, or cross-analyze to extract value.
“Throughout the smart grid era, utilities have evolved their approach to communications, achieving in AMI networks some of the first scalable and business case driven IoT deployments,” he writes. “Is the industry ready to lead in the increasingly interconnected IoT era?”
Gerbrandt draws out lessons learned, including how to balance security and access, ownership and data privacy, the need for interoperability and — with more and more devices joining the #IIOT all the time — the absolute necessity of a unifying platform to manage it all.
Please read his thoughtful piece in the March/April 2017 issue of Electric Energy T&D Magazine.
Read it in the digital mag here: http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/Electric-Energy/eemag_march-april2017/2017032901/30.html#30
Or at the EEOnline site here: http://www.electricenergyonline.com/show_article.php?mag=119&article=1026