Topic: Distribution Automation (DA)
DISTRIBUTECH 2020: Walking with a destination in mind
January 21, 2020
At the journey’s start he was clean-shaven and optimistic. Over the next six months, the beard grew unruly and emotions ran the gamut from positive to absolutely dejected. Last October, Mike Posner, the Grammy-nominated musician behind the 2010 Billboard hit “Cooler Than Me”, completed a 2,851 ...
What is SCADA’s role in Industry 4.0?
August 6, 2019
The term Industry 4.0 was first mentioned at the Hannover Trade Fair in 2011. Experts proclaimed that a new Industrial Revolution had arrived, driven by automation, communication and the internet. A flag was planted and smart industrial manufacturing...
Every electric AMI RFP should address these four topics
July 8, 2019
Many utilities are in the exploration phase of upgrading their AMR or first-generation AMI system. Often these systems performed their original job requirements admirably and helped the utility move towards a more efficient business model. But, technology is continually moving forward.
Solicited vs. Unsolicited Data Acquisition: Which Camp are You?
May 7, 2019
At a utility, SCADA is the undisputed champion and data is of paramount importance. (After all, the last two letters stand for “Data Acquisition”.) In the SCADA world, standards for controls and data acquisition is not just requested, it’s an expectation.
SCADA 101: What is SCADA?
April 9, 2019
Electric, water and gas utilities all depend on SCADA, but what is it really? Officially it stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. Most often when we think of electric, water and gas, we think of the metering, billing and revenue collection side of the business.
12 Ways to Get More Out of Your AMI Network
January 30, 2019
If you ask your neighbor to describe the local electric utility, I doubt you would hear the words “technologically sophisticated”. Utilities are plagued with a public perception that doesn’t necessarily match reality. However, for the past decade, utilities have been experiencing a metamorphosis...