Business Case Analysis for Water Utilities to Strategize & Achieve Grid Modernization

Business Case Analysis for Water Utilities to Strategize & Achieve Grid Modernization

State of the water industry Water utilities are struggling to meet the demands of outdated infrastructure, changing workforce makeup, and the overall need to address inefficiencies in sourcing water. On the macro-level, population migration in suburbs and cities, reliability of water resources, rising customer expectations for real-time information, and increasing interest in water...

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More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool

More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool

In today’s market businesses are likely familiar with the enterprise services provided in Azure and have already started planning a cloud transition.  As Azure expands its core offering and more business transition to a cloud platform, the question becomes, “how does an organization move large amounts of data to the cloud, specifically to Azure?”  Introducing the Microsoft Azure Import/Export...

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Why Utilities May Want to Keep Their Licensed Radio Spectrum and Consider a Technology Refresh

Why Utilities May Want to Keep Their Licensed Radio Spectrum and Consider a Technology Refresh

Your utility may want to evaluate all of their technology options before completely shifting away from narrowband wireless networks. There have been significant changes in the last few years that can provide you with a more reliable, higher speed solution, while maintaining the benefits of a licensed radio network. Refreshing the radio may cost you 1/10th of what a complete system overhaul to...

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The SSAE16 Audit Journey: The photo album

The SSAE16 Audit Journey: The photo album

A few months ago, I wrote about the journey of going through an SSAE16 audit.  I compared it to travelling with kids. After the trip, when you’re back in the daily routine, there is a point at which you start to sift through and organize your memories. Maybe you look fondly at your souvenirs. …

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Can the Trump Administration Slow Momentum on Climate Change Action?

Can the Trump Administration Slow Momentum on Climate Change Action?

Prior to the 2016 election season, Donald Trump famously tweeted that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese to gain economic advantage over the US. During the campaign, he promised to undo many of former President Obama’s initiatives like EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule and that he would withdraw the US from the United Nations COP21 Paris Agreement, in which 177 countries pledged to act...

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DTECH 2017: Field Area Network Deployment and AMI Metering in a Dense Urban Environment

DTECH 2017: Field Area Network Deployment and AMI Metering in a Dense Urban Environment

Next week, at DistribuTECH 2017, I’ll be presenting during a session about lessons learned when deploying a 900MHz wireless mesh field area network in the dense urban environment of Chicago’s city center. In late 2011, the Illinois General Assembly enacted the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), setting in motion a $2.6 billion investment by ComEd to strengthen and modernize the...

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DTECH 2017: How to Align Business Use Cases for Utility Broadband Connectivity

DTECH 2017: How to Align Business Use Cases for Utility Broadband Connectivity

At a recent engagement with a large IOU (Investor Owned Utility) we guided our client through a technology evaluation and pilot deployment of a new communications system for monitoring the electrical distribution network of substations. The legacy system was deployed more than twenty years ago and was no longer supported by the manufacturer and lacked capabilities for security compliance and...

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Donald Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Look to Make Good on his Promise to Expand Oil & Gas

Donald Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Look to Make Good on his Promise to Expand Oil & Gas

Every newly-elected President faces a common struggle: how to turn the many promises made on the campaign trail to various stakeholders into actual governmental action. Following his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump will be no different. In this series of blogs, we’ll consider how President Trump discussed energy policy on the campaign trail, his plans for implementing his vision...

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How to Use Multi-Use Networks to Achieve Smart Cities & Water Infrastructure Improvements

How to Use Multi-Use Networks to Achieve Smart Cities & Water Infrastructure Improvements

West Monroe has been promoting the use of multi-use networks to achieve Smart City benefits. Both at the American Water Works Association Illinois chapter meeting, and the most recent M-WERC Smart Cities Technology event in Milwaukee, audiences expressed great interest in learning more. While many Smart City initiatives are underway, West Monroe believes that for Smart City initiatives to be...

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