Digitalization is growing way past the smart meters
"More and more sensors are being placed on and over the edges of the grid into private domains, pushing the digitalization of the low voltage grid further and providing more possibilities for integration."
By bridging the gap between IT and OT, utilities are becoming better positioned to further digitalize the grid which in turn can support advanced analysis and decision making: helping to realize a good deal of the promised benefits of the smart grid. Of course IT and OT must work together taking the necessary security measures to protect critical operations, but the trend to apply innovative technologies is accelerating and moving well beyond basic data integration and analytics projects. Platform-based offerings are maturing and becoming a pillar of many vendors value propositions.
In the last couple of years there is a clear trend that digitalization is growing way past the smart meters into houses and smart building solutions. More and more sensors are being placed on and over the edges of the grid into private domains, pushing the digitalization of the low voltage grid further and providing more possibilities for integration, including building-to-grid and in-house energy management. Much of our integration work is about ensuring that data is exchanged in an interoperable way through service-oriented architectures, using industry standards and models, e.g. the Common Information Model/CIM, IEC-61850, COSEM. However, the traditional information flows are being supplemented with new ways of communication through IoT, including MQTT, CoAP, AMQP, LWM2W, etc. to be capable of handling the fast-changing amount and types of data.
What we see happening next are two major developments: The first is the creation of digital twins (LVG), not only of the physical grid and its assets, but also the information flow providing
- real-time insight for applying digital testing and planning
- optimizing performance
- increasing forecasting prediction, and
- reducing downtime
The second development of this digital transformation is the embedding of IoT platforms, where (data) integration from the device in the field all the way up to the application layer is implemented end-to-end, and interoperability between solutions comes out-of-the-box. With these developments new opportunities arise as true digital enterprises form.
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UNLOCKING THE DIGITAL FUTURE OF A SWISS ENERGY LEADER
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SMART METERING IMPLEMENTATION
OUR CLIENT: DCC UK
In the UK, there are seven electricity distribution network operators (DNOs), six of whom have a mandated area, with a total customer base of 28.5 million consumers.