“Future Proof” with Itron on SAP HANA

One year ago, SAP prepared for Itron Utility Week (IUW) with a clear plan, purpose and a vision of success. SAP and Itron outlined an ambitious plan to bring the Itron Enterprise Edition Meter Data Management (IEE MDM) solution onto the SAP HANA platform. With high expectations and a short timeline, the team committed to releasing the combined solution before the end of 2018. Not only was that goal achieved, but performance results have been impressive.

Itron is Live on HANA with Groundbreaking Performance Results
SAP and Itron are proud to show IEE MDM live on SAP HANA at IUW 2018. SAP HANA, SAP’s flagship in-memory OLTP/OLAP platform, opens a new world of possibilities to our customers. No longer is data visibility, data structure or system integration a gating issue as it relates to meter data. With meter data residing on a common platform, utility customers can more easily leverage that and other relevant data to gain operational insights and efficiencies.

In mid-2018, using the SAP Co-Innovation Lab and a representative set of three months of data for 5 million meters (1TB of data in HANA), SAP and Itron stood up IEE 9.1 on SAP HANA to prove the power of the SAP HANA platform. The performance gains realized by SAP HANA over legacy technologies was amazing! Itron’s solution performance improved by over 60% or more than 2.5 times, leading to drastically compressed batch times with greater access to real-time meter data. Not only are we seeing increased performance in batch processes, but it revolutionizes the data management and integration process for utilities. As much as SAP can tout the performance of an in-memory platform, the real key is the reduction of the data footprint by eliminating the replication and duplication of data.

Data Model is the Key
To eliminate the need for the replication of costly meter data, it is important to understand the concept of a virtual data model (VDM). A virtual data model is a structured representation of HANA database views for an application and follows consistent modeling rules. It provides direct access to data available in the IEE MDM system using standard SQL or OData requests.

The important data in the MDM, such as billing reads or event data, is exposed through well-defined database views, operating directly on the tables of the Itron database and transforming them into consistent and easily understandable views. These views can be consumed directly by rich-client UIs (such as HTML5, SAP BusinessObjects and Excel) or, more importantly, can be consumed by a Customer Information System (CIS) without moving the data, but simply pointing back to the data model.

Why is the Data Model Important?
Meter data replication leads to increased integration costs, a more expensive data footprint and takes us further from a real-time view of the data. However, there is a bigger issue that SAP HANA solves. With a direct extract from any application or MDM, the critical data, like billing reads, may be buried or embedded in a longer string of non-usable data. Extract, transform and load (ETL) is then necessary to translate this data into a usable form. Customers have tried to address this issue by setting up ETL to a secondary data warehouse, passing only the critical information to the end billing system. If we could seamlessly view the data at the heart of the MDM, without moving or transforming, we could do so much more to the data without having to transform it. Fortunately, with SAP HANA, this is now possible!

SAP HANA, with virtual data models, eliminates the complexity and customizing dependencies of Itron to make data available without requiring a deep understanding of models. Think of the VDM as a pointer to data as it resides in the application. There is no need to move the data or transform it. Since all processing happens on primary data, there is no need to wait for data warehousing loading jobs to finish. The cycle time from recording to reporting is dramatically reduced. As illustrated in the architecture below, all data across the enterprise is now available on one data platform. This allows SAP to join meter data with other data sources across the organization, including customer data or asset data, directly from the VDM without moving the data.


In the future, with these views, all customers have to do is edit existing Virtual models/Views or create new HANA Models to support new development creating a more efficient and faster process. This reduces development time and cost of support, while increasing usability through a faster development time.


Prep List: Time to Get Ready for a Great IUW 2018

Itron Utility Week (IUW) 2018 kicks off at the end of this week—and we’ve got all the details to help ensure your trip is a success. As you’re prepping for your trek to Scottsdale, Arizona, be sure to keep these items in mind:

  • Download the IUW app to stay in-the-know. Review the list of attendees and check the app out to see who from your network is attending this year.
  • You’ll be in Mountain Standard Time (MST). Set your watch accordingly—you don’t want to miss anything!
  • It’s going to be warm. Phoenix averages a daily maximum temperature in October that's between 86 and 92 degrees Fahrenheit (30 to 34 degrees Celsius).
  • Conference attire is business casual. But be sure to pack your comfortable and fun cowboy attire for Dust Up in the Desert on Monday night.
  • You can build your schedule ahead of time. Check out our program at a glance or master our app to build your schedule of everything you want to attend at IUW. Please remember that adding a session to your personal schedule does not guarantee a seat if you haven’t registered for it already. You still have time to register, so do not delay any further.
  • Sign up for a Knowledge Center tour. Have you ever wanted to see Itron’s solutions in action? Join us for a guided tour through our interactive demo space.
  • Join the trail clean up. Lend a helping hand on Sunday morning during IUW by joining us to champion preservation and the conversation of our natural resources at the beautiful outdoor McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Let’s give back to the Scottsdale community and support sustainability of the preserve for future generations. Register now.

We can’t wait to see you in Scottsdale in a few days!

Be sure to visit www.itron.com/iuw for all things IUW 2018.


What to Do and See in Scottsdale

Next week, 1,000 industry leaders, technology visionaries and peers will come together in Scottsdale, Arizona for Itron Utility Week (IUW). If you’re attending IUW 2018—Itron’s premier customer-focused conference—be sure to check out some of the fun and entertainment Scottsdale has to offer. If this is your first time in the city, be sure to check out:

  • The Desert Botanical Garden: The garden’s five paved trails introduce you to thousands of arid-land plants from around the world.
  • OdySea in the Desert: This shopping and dining center is home to the OdySea Aquarium, Dolphinaris and Butterfly Wonderland.
  • The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: View modern art, architecture and design on display in this renovated old movie theater.
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve: This urban preserve has nearly 400 miles of scenic shared-use trails in the McDowell Mountain foothills that are great for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
  • IUW Extracurriculars: Join the Desert Dash on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday morning; compete in the IUW annual golf tournament; or volunteer with peers. Details and schedules can be found in the IUW conference app.

Whatever you decide to do, we hope you enjoy your time in Scottsdale connecting with peers, networking with industry experts and learning more about the comprehensive solutions offered by Itron and our trusted partners.

To learn more about IUW 2018, click here.


Supporting the Outcomes of Today and Tomorrow

Itron Utility Week (IUW) 2018 is almost here! Next week, 1,000 customers from a range of industries will come together in Scottsdale, Arizona to learn more about the comprehensive solutions offered by Itron and our trusted partners, as well as how our customers are realizing value from these solutions.

Last week, we discussed some of our conference tracks, including data management, mobile and measurement solutions, and analytics and advanced applications. Our fourth and final track—focusing on multi-purpose networks—will give IUW attendees the opportunity to learn about Itron’s approach to navigating an evolving operational landscape with interoperable, multi-purpose network platforms designed from the ground up to support a broad range of outcomes today and tomorrow.

As the operational landscape of critical infrastructure providers continues to change, it is becoming clear that utilities and cities must seek new ways to manage resources more effectively. In this track, participants will learn about the tactical considerations for utilities and cities to enable smart utility, city and critical infrastructure outcomes, including network migration strategies, interoperability standards, ecosystem development and more.

Participants will be able to choose from 34 sessions focusing on multi-purpose networks and hear experts discuss a range of topics from smart grid integration to connecting critical distribution automation devices.

Visit www.itron.com/iuw to learn more and stay tuned for additional blogs as we prepare to kick off IUW 2018!


Analytics and Advanced Applications are Transforming the Smart Grid and Networks

Earlier this week, we talked about the upcoming Itron Utility Week (IUW) and two of our exciting conference tracks focusing on data management and mobile and measurement solutions. During this event, interested attendees will also have the opportunity to dig in more on the impact of analytics and advanced applications through 34 sessions focusing on this timely and important topic.

The Active Grid is much more than smart metering and it’s even more than the smart grid. It encompasses electricity, gas, water and smart cities—and opens up an entirely new frontier for better management of energy and water resources. During the analytics and advanced applications sessions, attendees will discover how analytics and advanced applications are helping to transform the smart grid into an active grid across electricity, gas and water. Through revolutionary approaches to energy and water management, intelligent applications can respond to changing conditions in real time.

Sessions in this track address distributed intelligence, analytics, distributed energy management, forecasting, smart payment, renewables integration, consumer engagement, and outcome-based services and solutions for utilities, cities and third-party providers across the globe. Attendees will learn best practices for analytics and other applications from utility peers and discover how to leverage data into actionable information.

As the utility industry’s premier customer-focused event, IUW welcomes 1,000 attendees from a range of industries to connect with peers and learn about the comprehensive solutions offered by Itron and our trusted partners. This year’s event is hosted at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sept. 28 – Oct. 5. Visit www.itron.com/na/events/itron-utility-week to learn more.

Stay tuned for additional blogs throughout the next few weeks—including more information on our fourth and final conference track—as we prepare to kick off IUW 2018!


IUW 2018: Connect. Innovate. Transform.

Itron Utility Week (IUW) kicks off at the end of this month with three simple words—connect, innovate, transform. A simple message that translates into an incredible opportunity for Itron customers looking to discover new technologies, services and operations to transform how they deliver and manage critical resources. As the utility industry’s premier customer-focused event, IUW welcomes 1,000 attendees from a range of industries to connect with peers and learn about the comprehensive solutions offered by Itron and our trusted partners. This year’s event is hosted at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, and is sure to be one for the books.

The 2018 schedule is jam-packed with more than 100 enlightening breakout sessions and thought-provoking keynotes from industry leaders. This year’s big picture session, New Business Models to Fund and Activate Smart Cities, will focus on how technology is essential to modernizing cities, improving services for citizens, creating new economic opportunities and building resourceful communities, but how are smart city programs funded and actually implemented under budget constraints? What is the value and return on investment for cities as they deploy solutions at scale? The session will bring together industry leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges of new smart city business models, including public-private partnerships, utility provided services to cities and economic opportunities for all stakeholders.

In addition, attendees will be able to dig in on a range of topics—in this blog, we’ll highlight two of our conference tracks. One track will focus on data management, and help attendees discover how Itron solutions enable utilities to better manage their data. Utilities will share insights and experiences to help those seeking a meter data management solution as well as those in search of strategies for storing and using data at their utility.

Breakout sessions will also focus on mobile and measurement solutions, where attendees can learn more about how Itron is meeting the ever-changing demands of the world's energy and water distribution systems with advanced measurement and sensor products, regulators, systems and services. This track also brings an understanding of how Itron Mobile-based solutions offer flexibility for seamless migration to a next-generation network or hybrid deployment to meet business and operational requirements.

Visit www.itron.com/na/events/itron-utility-week to learn more about this one-of-a-kind event.

Stay tuned for additional blogs—and more information on our additional conference tracks—throughout the next few weeks as we prepare to kick off IUW 2018!


Real-time Load Disaggregation

Our final blog of #IUW17 features a session with Robert Sonderegger and Luke Scheidler from Itron discussing how Itron’s OpenWay® Riva distributed intelligence application for load disaggregation can provide new perspectives into energy usage data.

During this session, Robert and Luke discussed the possibility to deploy load disaggregation in real time with no special equipment at the customer premise. This enables utilities to gain insights to support more effective demand response projects, design better energy efficiency programs, improve customer service and build more accurate load profiles to guide the utility asset planning processes.

The quality of energy disaggregation is directly related to data availability, which includes frequency of interval data, the data elements used and the number of premises. As you increase each of these data elements, you achieve better results and your end use information becomes more accurate. Itron has an advantage in all of these areas, capturing and processing data at a one-second resolution without additional equipment in the circuit panel.

Furthermore, in order to deliver distribution deferral using distributed resources, utilities must succeed at targeting, marketing, program planning, measurement and verification, and forecasting. Demonstrating the need for these solutions, the world has become more complicated, creating a need for better predictability, access to data and location-specific information. Real-time energy disaggregation in every meter is a better starting point for these activities, as it is scalable to the population and location specific.

Therefore, the level of accuracy and data granularity needed is dependent on the specifics of each situation. Any use cases that have a distribution benefit or require temporal or locational analysis require highly granular data. With Itron you get a high degree of accuracy without additional hardware, and it enables the full range of use cases.

Understanding how customers produce and consume energy today is key to predicting how they will produce and consume energy in the future. This provides insight into how rates, tariffs and incentives can be used to benefit the grid. Robert took us through the technical aspects—explaining that Itron’s approach using metrology data, measured at high frequency. Since we are developing something that’s completely automated, which updates and evolves over time, we must deal with cases such as a new device being added to a home.

For reference, here is the based flow of the application, as developed to-date:

Thanks for reading our blog, this brings #IUW17 to a close! For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to seeing you next year in Scottsdale, Arizona!


Developing the Next Generation Utility Workforce and Inspiring Leadership

Today marked the second day of the #IUW17 Knowledge Conference and we started the morning with another great general session.

We heard from Sharelynn Moore, Itron’s senior vice president of networked solutions and Dr. Michael Webber from the University of Texas at Austin. They gave us an update on the Resourcefulness App, which Itron launched through a partnership with Dr. Webber to improve energy and water literacy, encourage conservation and resourcefulness, and inspire the next generation of innovators with the app.

The interactive digital curriculum combines text with multimedia components, such as audio and video along with dozens of interactive exercises, maps and games. By working with community partners nationwide, we made the app-based curriculum available free of charge. We’re also excited to announce today that the Energy Institute High School here in Houston, a STEM-focused magnet program, has adopted the app as part of their curriculum. We are happy to provide the app for the school and believe it’s a great example of how a public/private partnership is helping to shape the next generation workforce.

Our second speaker and keynote for today’s general session was retired Colonel Mike Mullane of the U.S. Air Force and NASA. An inductee to the International Space Hall of Fame, Colonel Mullane completed 134 combat missions in Vietnam and logged 356 hours in space. He is also the recipient of many awards including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal.

Colonel Mullane spoke with our conference attendees about teamwork, leadership and safety. Colonel Mullane truly inspired attendees by drawing on his experience as a pilot and astronaut. He left us with the notion that teamwork, leadership and safety are not final destinations, but rather, continuous journeys for our organizations. We challenge all of our blog readers and conference participants to take this notion back to their respective organizations and apply it to their daily operations.

Thanks for following along on our blog! We’ll be back with our final conference blog this afternoon discussing real-time load disaggregation. Don’t forget to follow the conversation online on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Transforming the Customer Experience

We’re well underway at #IUW17 and our second blog features a session led by Joe Thomas from Duke Energy discussing how the company utilizes data to create unique and satisfying customer experiences.

During his session, Joe examined how today’s operating realities— with demographic shifts, the proliferation of smart devices and continual access to data and innovative technologies— are evolving customer expectations. As such, companies are changing how they interact with consumers and provide access to services from banking to ordering coffee on mobile devices with real-time updates. Joe noted that customers are demanding the same type of responsiveness and interaction with their utilities. They want to know when usage and bills will be high, have access to conservation options, be notified of outages and restoration, and pay their bills easily.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technology allows interaction with customers and benefits utilities by meeting customer expectations, which results in higher customer satisfaction. Ultimately, this makes it easier for utilities to respond to both the internal and external pressures such as protecting revenue, managing operational and maintenance costs, staying abreast of regulatory environment as well as remaining competitive.

Duke Energy recognized these benefits and created the Enhanced Customer Solutions (ECS) organization to design and develop offerings, enabled by data from smart meters, that provide customers more convenience, transparency and control. During the presentation, Joe walked us through three of Duke’s ECS programs that are available to customers with AMI meters: Pick Your Due Date, Prepaid Advantage and Usage Alerts programs.

  • Pick Your Due Date: Allows customers to select a billing due date that best aligns with their financial situation and/or pay days. Duke understands not everyone gets paid at the same time and often multiple bills may be due at once, leaving customers in a financial pinch. Pick Your Due Date provides customers with payment flexibility and since the program first became available in November 2016, nearly 8,000 customers have enrolled.
  • Prepaid Advantage: Eligible customers choose the amount, date and frequency at which they pay for their electricity. This provides customers with another flexible option to pay for their utilities and currently has more than 1,600 customers enrolled.
  • Usage Alerts: Provides customers automatic usage alerts via email halfway through their billing cycle. The alerts can help customers manage usage for both conservation and budgeting. Since the usage alerts rolled out this August, 643,486 customers have already enrolled. During the last couple months, Duke has sent more than 1,000,000 alerts and have received a 96 percent positive rating from customers.

Duke’s customers have positively received all three programs, which demonstrates the value smart meters and AMI deliver to customers. As non-utility companies continue to grow and innovate, simultaneously raising customer expectations, utilities will need continue to meet the demand with leading-edge technology to improve customer experience.

We’ll be back blogging tomorrow from our general session hearing from retired Colonel Mike Mullane of the U.S. Air Force and NASA as he discusses teamwork, leadership and safety.

In the meantime, keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for conference updates and content from our “Houston – We have a party!” networking reception.


Launching Itron Utility Week 2017

Welcome to Itron Utility Week 2017! We launched our annual customer-focused event yesterday and welcomed more than 1,000 attendees to Houston. We’re excited to be here, and following Hurricane Harvey, we’re eager to do a small part to help give back to the community.

Yesterday, we partnered with the American Red Cross and assembled 2,500 comfort kits to provide displaced residents with basic necessities like toothbrushes and toiletries. Thank you to all our Itron team members and conference attendees that helped assemble the kits.

This morning, we commenced the Knowledge Conference portion of Itron Utility Week with keynotes by Scott Prochazka, president and CEO of CenterPoint Energy as well as Itron’s CEO Philip Mezey.

#IUW17 is taking place in CenterPoint Energy’s service territory, so Scott Prochazka provided us with an overview of the company’s vision for the future and how they’re delivering service, value and safety to their customers. CenterPoint Energy has a long history dating back to 1866, delivering value for customers for over 100 years. They’ve had smart meters deployed since 2009 and the utility currently analyzes 230 million data points from the meters per day. This level of data analytics has allowed the utility to realize multiple benefits – most recently they were able to avoid 45 million outage minutes during Hurricane Harvey. As the utility looks to the future, Scott took us through their four focus areas:

  • Customers – Focusing on their needs and delivering greater value to customers. CenterPoint Energy realizes that customers want to interact with on their terms, whether through a call center, social media or a website.
  • Technology Development – Technology is currently disrupting the utility industry and CenterPoint Energy understands it’s important to embrace new technologies at the utility level as well as at the customer (end-use) level.
  • Integrated Networks – Integrated networks can help with more efficient and smarter energy delivery.
  • Data Analytics – More advanced data analytics can enable real-time information, automation, security and reliance, as well as customer empowerment.

Scott closed his presentation noting that utilities need to not only manage the dynamic utility landscape, but lead.

The second speaker of the session, was Itron’s own Philip Mezey. Philip started his speech, by informing customers that Itron is working to be a preferred vendor and provide the best solutions. Through strategic acquisitions such as Comverge and our intent to acquire Silver Spring Networks, Itron is providing a unified platform through OpenWay™ Riva, cloud services and dedication to delivering business outcomes.

During his speech, Philip noted several challenges the utility industry is facing – including an aging workforce and infrastructure as well as transmission and distribution losses – and the path to helping utilities navigate these challenges. Key items for utilities include improving business efficiency, increasing grid reliability and resiliency, integrating distributed energy resources, and meeting greater customer expectations. Philip stated that utilities that adapt to change will run their business efficiently and enhance customer service. Itron believes that the next-generation grid – the Active Grid – can serve as a foundation to address utility’s business needs.

To close the session, Sharelynn Moore, Itron’s senior vice president of networked solutions, gave an update on what the Itron team has been working on over the last year. We’ve been investing this past year and notably, we created a new Networked Solutions and Smart Cities group that has over 80 dedicated employees. We’ve also spent more than $160 million on R&D and have increased our partner network to more than 80 strategic partners including Microsoft, SAP, Verizon and more. On the OpenWay Riva front, Sharelynn noted that we’ve deployed more than 20 million end points, with another 5.5 committed, which have provided more than $26 million in energy bill savings through smart city initiatives.

Additionally, this morning we awarded our Frost and Sullivan Resourcefulness Awards to Central Hudson for energy and Madison Water Utility for water. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Our next blog will feature Joe Thomas from Duke Energy discussing how the company utilizes data to create unique and satisfying customer experiences. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for more updates from #IUW17.


Delivering Smart, Sustainable Energy Solutions

There’s no question that the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform the energy and utilities industry —that’s already happening. IoT is playing a central role in the modernization of the energy sector—perhaps more than in any other industry.

Companies are already using IoT sensors and integrated energy platforms to improve their resource management, strengthen security, address compliance and, most importantly, to deliver great customer experiences.

Customers Are Taking the Power Back

Today’s customers aren’t used to waiting. They can shop online and have their products delivered the same day. Consumers are growing accustomed to fast, engaging and digitally rich experiences from all of the brands they interact with. So it’s no surprise that they’re starting to expect the same from their energy and utilities providers.

It’s not just about speed and convenience—customer empowerment matters too. Customers don’t just want to keep the lights on and take hot showers. They want a current view of their energy and water consumption, to control usage and spending, and do their part to reduce environmental impact. Like their usage and spending, customers are controlling the conversation. Consumers have a voice unlike before, which means comparing utilities across digital channels, sharing experiences on social media, and switching providers with ease online.

These changing demands mean it’s more crucial than ever for energy and utilities companies to adopt customer-centric strategies. And IoT technology is a critical enabler for delivering enhanced customer experiences.

Enhancing the Customer Experience

Enterprises have a great opportunity to respond to customer demands by leveraging IoT sensors. These can be used to gather a wealth of data about supply and demand, grid capacity and customer usage habits. This information can be used to dramatically enhance the customer experience.

Smart meters enable energy providers to identify many service problems online. This means that service disruptions can often be resolved without the customer picking up the phone, or having to book a service technician. Smart meters also provide access to near-real-time consumption data. Usage-based rates provide a great incentive for customers to reduce their own consumption and save money. Offering these programs can help you to attract and retain value-conscious customers and gain the edge in this competitive industry.

These benefits don’t just apply to energy. Water companies are quickly making progress. Smart water meters can help you to generate accurate bills, while also empowering customers to monitor and reduce their own daily water consumption levels. By digitally detecting pipeline problems and leakages, irrigation problems can be quickly identified and fixed. This has obvious benefits for the customer, and the environment and community, as it helps reduce water wastage.

Getting the most from IoT solutions

To make a real success of IoT, there are two crucial factors to consider.

Network connectivity

You’ll need reliable and far-reaching network connectivity. That means working with partners that have the experience and connections you can depend on, while also leveraging the latest technology. If your company is relying on thousands of IoT sensors—and especially if those sensors are buried in the ground or hard to access—battery life is an important consideration. The latest low-power wide area network (LP-WAN) options, like LTE Cat-M1, enable you to connect thousands of disparate sensors while helping sustain battery life—and do so cost-effectively.

Security

Robust security controls need to be in place to protect your IoT systems. Energy and utilities services are maintaining critical infrastructure. Citizens rely on power and water in their everyday lives, and a severe cyberattack or outage could have serious consequences. There’s also the vast amount of customer data your IoT systems will gather—customers trust you to keep this information safe, and a data breach could damage your reputation. But security shouldn’t be perceived as a barrier to adoption. With the help of a trusted partner, and the latest security controls in place, you can design and build a resilient IoT system.

The energies and utilities industry is entering a very exciting phase. IoT technology is set to revolutionize the entire sector—leading to increased efficiency, enhanced customer experiences and greater sustainability. To find out more, and network with those at the forefront of this technology, come and see us in Texas, Oct. 16–17, at Itron Utility Week.


How Your Advanced Utilities Monitoring System Can Benefit from Real-time Data and Over-the-Air Updates

If you work in the energy sector, integrating smart grid technology is among the most positive and disruptive changes that your company can make. A streamlined, integrated grid will track each of the renewable generation source's energy production levels in real time, which makes it easier to monitor your company’s entire system from one central location.

To vastly improve your advanced utilities monitoring system, you can update your smart meters and remote controlled grid systems with Over-the-Air (OTA) updates. When you configure your smart grid to receive OTA updates, you save time and maintenance costs. This ensures that your system is always secure and running the latest firmware. The days of manually updating your advanced utilities monitoring system are officially over

Updating Hardware and Firmware
When integrating meters and remote monitoring grid systems onto a smart grid, it is key to connect hardware and firmware. By integrating a module with a monitoring platform and configuring the platform for future updates, the system will run smoothly. To keep the process simple, it is important to unify the separate modules and monitoring platforms for each meter or grid device.

Advantages of OTA Updates
When you integrate these components into a single, end-to-end system and maintain your firmware with OTA updates, your grid remains secure. OTA updates to complete every modification on your system over a secure cellular connection allowing you to spend less time manually maintaining your advanced utilities monitoring system. This allows you to identify potential problems within seconds. With one interface, you can experience faster smart grid integration, which means that you can deploy your new system at a more rapid pace.

Real-Time Monitoring Means a Faster Response
Power grids tend to be clustered, with hundreds or even thousands of data points to monitor daily. Without real-time monitoring, hours are added to the process. Instead, when you fully integrate your smart grid with real-time monitoring, you can receive and process this data in a matter of seconds. This lets you respond to outages quickly, without the need to go through a third party to see and respond to your data. This process occurs on a rapid timescale—mere seconds instead of minutes or hours.

How to Build an Advanced Monitoring System Connected to Smart Grid 
Power panels are sensitive. Mechanical failures happen frequently and this fragile equipment requires regular maintenance, so you need to know exactly what’s happening in real time. Using cellular module firmware and alarm/event management, you’ll be equipped with everything you need to build your own advanced monitoring system for your smart grid. Alarms will notify you of any changes in your panels, delivering a bird’s eye view of your entire system on one platform. Since these features are encompassed within a single system, you can quickly see whether the problem is a module issue, a network issue or simply a weather issue.

With OTA updates included, you’ll never have to worry about whether you’re running the latest firmware on your smart grid, and you won’t have to start from scratch when you update your system with new technological advances.

Start with Sierra to create your own advanced utilities monitoring system.


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