August 2017




Feature Article



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.  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.


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  Sponsored Announcement

Vanguard ­ Born to be Wireless

The Vanguard wireless gas detector was built for natural gas safety. With a 5-year battery and 1-button calibration, it is interoperable with existing SCADA systems. The Vanguard also:

  • Meets stricter natural gas regulations in gate stations
  • Detects natural gas and hydrogen sulfide in confined spaces (e.g., vaults)
  • Ensures on-demand gas monitoring for temporary work sites

Vanguard. It’s the way you always wanted wireless to work.

  New Products

Advantech Launches Modular Customizable Single or Double Stack Fanless PC with up to Four iDoor or Five HDMI Ports

Advantech’s IIoT Automation Group has announced the UNO-2484G, a ruggedized modular computing box platform.  Equipped with an Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processor, eight GB of DDR4 memory and rich I/O, including four GbE, four USB 3.0, four RS-232/422/485, one HDMI, and one display port (4K), as well as an optional second stack expansion kit that adds four iDoor or five HDMI ports. - Learn More


ODIN W2 Wi Fi and Bluetooth IoT Gateway Now ATEX Certified For Use In Hazardous Environments

u‑blox has announced that its ODIN-W2 stand-alone IoT gateway module has achieved ATEX certification for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (zone 0). Already designed to withstand harsh environmental and electrical conditions, the professional grade, dual band Wi-Fi and dual‑mode Bluetooth module is now certified. - Learn More


Caterpillar Launches Five New Low-Emissions Standby Power Nodes to Help Customers Achieve Sustainability Goals

Caterpillar Inc. has announced five new 50-Hz standby power nodes for the Cat 3516C diesel generator set, expanding Caterpillar’s ability to help customers in Western Europe and other global markets specify solutions that meet power needs and emissions targets with more precision. - Learn More


Software Package for Safe Train Control System menTCS

The MEN Train Control System menTCS is an open computer platform for automated train operation and protection. With the programming interface Y-COM, which is now available, users can rely on a complete software package, partly with SIL 4-certified components. - Learn More

  Industry News

Global Smart Grid Cybersecurity Spending Will Near $3.2 Billion in 2026

A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for smart grid cybersecurity solutions, providing forecasts for revenue through 2026, as well as outlining important government and regulatory standards. - Learn More


Aclara to Acquire a Majority Interest in General Electric Philippines Meter & Instrument Company

Aclara has acquired GE’s majority equity position in General Electric Philippines Meter & Instrument Co., Inc. (GEPMICI), the market leader for electric meters in the Philippines. GEPMICI is a joint venture between GE and Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the largest electric distribution company in the Philippines. - Learn More


Honeywell Completes Acquisition of NextNine LTD

Honeywell has completed its acquisition of Nextnine Ltd. Nextnine is a privately held, provider of industrial cyber security solutions. The business will be integrated into Honeywell’s Industrial Cyber Security group and will significantly strengthen Honeywell’s capability to offer multi-vendor, multi-site secure remote access, monitoring and support to protect industrial control systems and critical infrastructure against a growing threat of cyber attacks. - Learn More


Navigant Research Report Shows China Still Leading the Global Smart Meter Market

A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the state of the global utility electric smart meter market, tracking data related to customer endpoints, meter manufacturers, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications vendors, systems integrators, and meter data management (MDM) vendors. - Learn More



Event Listings


SCADA Technology Summit Program Announced

The final program for the 2017 SCADA Technology Summit have been announced. This event is focused on the latest advancements in SCADA and its supporting ICS technologies that provide control, connectivity, security and data acquisition to critical infrastructure and industrial environments.


With the advent of “smart” SCADA, networking, IoT and security technology, control system designers, managers and operators must improve their systems to enable them to better monitor/control equipment, optimize value, and harness valuable data to optimize processes. With the explosion of smart connectivity, many organizations are going to be forced to change their way of thinking when it comes to SCADA.


To help you navigate these changes, the SCADA Technology Summit will bring together a cross-section of SCADA and ICS end-users to present, educate and analyze the latest advances in the rapidly changing market of control and automation.



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