Inside Info: IT/OT integration
Increase grid-control and -insight
by connecting existing systems
Why IT/OT integration?
The grid is becoming increasingly complex at all levels, and the energy transition is ramping up. There is a large change of usage patterns due to the growth of distributed energy resources (DERs), usage of electric vehicles, rise in energy storage and changing consumption patterns.
This is impacting the traditional way of power flows causing increased interconnection and dependencies between the transmission and distribution levels. These changes are accompanied by an increase of new and interconnected information systems with larger amounts of grid devices being installed leading to more data sources and data exchange, all of which is closely followed by evolving regulations and standards.
And when we look past the (r)evolutions in the grid, there is also large impact coming from the IT world with the growth of distributed cloud-based software and platforms, new infrastructure solutions, Internet of Things (IoT), Edge computing, interoperability, cybersecurity, and so on. All these changes form an ever-increasing challenge for utility companies to remain capable of managing the grid and energy supply effectively.
IT/OT integration by itself is not a purpose, but it is foundational to operating the energy business of tomorrow and a prerequisite to Distribution Grid Digitalization.
It enables existing systems to exchange data, collaborate and enhance the capabilities of monitoring, controlling and operating the grid. Furthermore, higher quality data management provides new opportunities to improve business processes, facilities and workforce automation. Without integration it will become impossible to (cost-) effectively and efficiently manage the reliability and resilience of the grid with all its ongoing changes.