Articles

Making Remote Systems Digitally Intelligent and More Efficient

 

Renner Vaughn, ABB

What if there was a way to make your remote assets seem a little less remote? What about a lot less remote? Next-gen digital solutions are here to expand the reach and impact of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) exponentially, making it possible for industrial operators to manage facilities and networks with an unprecedented level of flexibility, ease and efficiency. Continue reading

Smart Grid Monitoring Q&A: The Power of Satellite Telemetry

Q&A with Reinaldo Burian, Application Engineer, Smart Grid
ORBCOMM

Utility companies are constantly seeking new ways to improve field data reliability and availability, so it’s no surprise that satellite is becoming the smart grid technology of choice where accurate, real-time information is critical, especially from remote sites. We sat down with Reinaldo Burian, ORBCOMM’s Application Engineer for Smart Grid, to find out what’s driving the adoption of satellite M2M  technology for monitoring reclosers and other smart grid infrastructure. Continue reading

SCADA Market is Leading its Way for a Robust Growth

Sharmistha Sarkar - Allied Market Research

It is very important for companies such as oil and gas, power generation, transportation, water and much more to be able to receive, manage, remotely monitor & control, and distribute a massive amount of field data. This is why Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems have come into existence and been around. SCADA solutions have evolved over the years from basic tools with limited reach to modern technologies with the ability to process tons of field data every day. Such systems enable an organization to collect and deliver field data and automate tedious and routine tasks. This virtually helps eliminate human error, thereby increasing productivity and improving management of machine failure in real-time. Continue reading

Five Ways Artificial Intelligence will Have a Greater Impact on the Mobile Workforce

Marne Martin, CEO – ServicePower

Needs are changing for the multitude of important services delivered in the field, such as broadband installation, boiler/HVAC replacements, pipeline maintenance or the building of utility infrastructures. There’s a constant push for the mobile workforce to be more efficient in order to meet the needs of demanding customers who expect real-time updates and trackable deliverables. This leaves the ever-shrinking pool of qualified field service engineers with the massive need for smarter, faster technology to boost productivity. Continue reading

Data Security Practices Can Ensure a More Reliable and Secure Wireless Remote Monitoring and Control System

Josh Schadel, Director of Engineering
SignalFire Wireless Telemetry

Data breaches and hacking put companies in jeopardy of exposing critical business information or can cause damage to company operations.  While the most visible cases relate to computer databases, data transmitted over any network can be captured by an outside intruder.  Attacks on wireless sensing and control networks also can cause an unintended system operation, affecting production loss or safety issues. Continue reading

Utility IoT and the Cloud: From Connecting Assets to Enterprise-Wide IoT

By Brian Bradford, Vice President, Industry Strategy
Oracle Utilities

The Internet of Things (IoT) and increasing distributed energy resources and connected devices at the edge of the grid are transforming the electric utility industry. The sheer numbers of devices are phenomenal: smart meter deployments in the United States alone were projected last year to reach 70 million by the end of the year, and to reach 90 million by 2020.[1] And its not just smart meters in the new electricity network: utilities are also increasingly deploying smart field sensors, and end consumers and their utilities are both adding distributed energy resources (DER), smart thermostats and the like to the edge of the grid in record numbers. Continue reading

What’s Next for Cyberattacks? The Steps to Securing Our Critical Infrastructure

Stewart Kantor, CEO and a Co-Founder
Full Spectrum Inc,

For those of us old enough to remember life prior to the wireless networks which now provide continual connectivity and bolster reliance on the internet, one recalls a period in which our country relied upon regulated monopolies – established by the phone companies – for most of its voice and data communications.  Fast forward to 2017 where, in the U.S. we’ve entered an age where internet access is nearly universal thanks to ever increasing competition and the integration of technological advances including automation, machine learning and now even artificial intelligence in our daily lives. These advances, which are frequently used by consumers and commercial enterprises, are now being leveraged within our nation’s critical infrastructure (C.I), introducing new network integrity and security concerns. Continue reading