How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

We recently attended the annual gathering of utility practitioners at Utility Analytics Week in San Antonio. A common theme discussed was “how do we get started?”, “where do we start?”, and “how do we justify the cost?”. Electric utilities are becoming increasingly digitally-oriented and data intensive with the adoption of AMI meters, deployment of SCADA systems across the grid, and...

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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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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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Five Great Reasons to Start Retiring Your Analog Circuits ASAP

Five Great Reasons to Start Retiring Your Analog Circuits ASAP

Everyone knows the days of the US telecom carriers supporting their old copper facilities are numbered. All the major service providers have filed with PUC’s and the FCC stating this fact. So why haven’t all utilities started the undertaking of finding new telecommunication solutions to replace those old POTs and Class A circuits when such critical services as SCADA and teleprotection ride...

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MAS Radio: A critical but aging link for SCADA – Part 1

For years, Multiple Address (MAS) radio has been a popular solution used by utilities to reach and aggregate remote terminal units (RTUs). It is widely used by electric utilities, the oil and gas pipeline industry, water and wastewater systems, and railroads – allowing communications with remote devices that are critical to the reliable and safe operation of the systems which they are part...

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