The convergence of information and communication technologies (ICT) and operational technologies in smart grids is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, ICT makes it possible to significantly improve grid reliability, security, and efficiency by facilitating information exchange, managing distributed generation and storage sources, while also enabling active participation of the end consumer. On the other hand, attackers can exploit the vulnerabilities of communication systems for financial or political gain.
With soaring energy prices and a looming energy crisis, we all face a tough winter ahead. Utilities too are facing multiple challenges from financial constraints, revenue protection and regulatory pressures as they serve an increasingly volatile market. More and more utilities are moving to service-based delivery models to make business processes more flexible, reduce technology risks, and minimize costs.
As one of the most advanced countries in Europe when it comes to digitalization in the energy sector, Finland has adopted a national data hub to centralize information exchange to simplify and speed up daily operations among consumers and grid participants. Kajave Oy is employing the Landis+Gyrs Datahub connector service to transfer electricity consumption data into this information exchange, thus enabling secure, instantaneous access for consumers and grid participants.
Smart meter rollouts are complex projects that impact utility operations from billing to customer services, and from IT operations to network management. Whether it is a first-time installation, a second wave implementation, or a transformational upgrade, building an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is a journey. Here are some of the top considerations when building your AMI ecosystem.
Energy used to flow one way down the value chain. Power plants generated power, high-voltage lines transmitted it to your neighborhood substations, and wires from poles brought it home. All of this happened behind a meter, with consumers only ever engaging when using electricity or paying a utility bill. They knew nothing of how they got their energy let alone do anything about it. However, this is beginning to change.
As decarbonization, deentralization and digitalization continue to affect the energy industry, DSO's are taking on new roles and greater challenges in ensuring a reliable, resilient grid. In the IoT era of OT/IT convergence , where are you in your journey to transformation ?