“IoT Sensor Data Analytics Driving Utility Innovation”

(Przemek Tomczak, Kxblog, 5 February 2019)

“Nowadays, utilities are realizing there is untapped value in their operational data. As a result, there is a push for greater digitalization, which is transforming utilities’ IT infrastructure and business processes…”.

Utilities provide a substantial service for the functioning of our society, so they must deliver energy reliably and safely, without interruption, at as low a cost as possible. Because of their complex networks, it is needed integrating diverse data from all systems, from SCADA, to distributed energy resources (DER), to wide-area monitoring systems, energy markets, and energy consumers. The digitalization of utilities is accelerating with the reduction in the cost of sensors and the availability of communications and connectivity. The volume and velocity of data that utilities have to manage and analyze possible increase by 10 to over 100 fold over the next five years. Existing systems are challenged in the availability of their data. Data from smart meters or other devices is batched, and then transmitted. Whether the frequency is 5 or 15 minutes, this delay can be considerable when analysts derive actionable information from their IoT network. Software that can analyze real-time data and batched data, and integrate both into the same system, can augment the value of this data for analysis and reporting. The ability to link and join data from heterogeneous data sources and put it into the right context is critical to deliver actionable insights for real-time control, asset management and business operations. The implementation of Kx for Sensors (KxS), it’s an example of this type of innovative technology. Using technologies like KxS, which provide an integrated view in one place, make it possible for utilities to leverage the full potential of their data. This includes key performance indicators, quality measurements and analytics on historical data, providing flexible support for use cases, and applications requiring converged visibility across IT and OT systems and practices.

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