Security Analytics and Visualizations that Could Prevent a Ukraine-like Power Outage

Richard Jones, VP Grid Security – Bridge Energy Group
Shawn Fountain, Principal Consultant – Bridge Energy Group 

Most readers by now have probably heard about the early January announcement of malware found in a Vermont Utility.  To those familiar with the cyberattack induced power outages in the Ukraine in December 2015 that cut power to nearly 230,000 customers for several hours, this was not a surprise.[1] While the Ukraine event is the only publicized power outage from a cyberattack, there have been other successful cyberattacks to SCADA and industrial control systems risking our critical infrastructure that represent a clear warning signal for utility organizations.

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Three Critical Uses of Data for Off-Grid Telecom Power

Thomas Rahkonen, Chief Technology Officer & Vice President eCentre

Consumers in off-grid areas are rapidly increasing their use of mobile Internet services. At the same time they not only expect service to become more reliable, but they also want network coverage to expand and prices for mobile data plans to decrease too. This is a big ask for mobile operators struggling to achieve base station profitability when they have no access to a reliable power grid. So what’s the solution? Continue reading

The Fog is Getting Thicker

Alex Hardie, Principal Labs

“…and Leon is getting larger!”

For the pop culture-savvy, this is a bit from the move “Airplane!”. For those in the industries of telecom and industrial process and control it’s a warning that fog computing has rolled in. It’s a gratuitous segue, but any reference to a line by Johnny is worth the effort, however clumsy. Continue reading

Building Up Resources

Legacy Building Solutions

The world’s need for energy is overwhelming, and fulfilling that need is obviously far from easy. It’s no wonder that so many different energy supplies – minerals, oil, solar, wind, water – are routinely tapped into, as no single source would be capable of sustaining our lives as we know them. Whether it involves a long-established resource or a brand-new technology, there almost always is significant effort, and financial investment, required to extract and utilize a given energy pipeline. Continue reading

Predicting Eruptions in the Masaya Volcano with Wireless Sensors


Volcanoes are one of the most unpredictable and impressive natural phenomenons. Worldwide researchers and scientists have always been trying to discover what happen inside volcanoes to predict future eruptions that will save lives. Their activity has provoked along years great disasters destroying entire settlements with lava flows and also endangering the environment or human health due to gas emanations or ash falls. Continue reading

Saving Water with Smart Management and Efficient Systems in Spain


Water and electrical supply are two of the main concerns for public authorities. The demand of these resources grow as fast as the population in urban areas so they would become scarcer with the pass of the years. A Technavio report states that the use of smart water management technologies such as Big Data, sensoring and monitoring in real-time can help save more than USD 12 billion revenues for utilities annually. Continue reading

Nationwide Builder Implements Out-of-Band Networking to Manage Network Infrastructure

MRV Communications

A nationwide home builder found itself challenged to manage their widely dispersed communictions networks more efficiently to keep their new construction projects on-time, on-schedule, and on-budget. The solution – an out-of-band remote management solution utilizing advanced console servers and power management products from MRV Communications. Continue reading