Archive | March, 2012

Cybersecurity: Another Reason for Smart Grid Standardization

Utilities today are faced with the daunting task of securing their electronic and computer systems from potential cyber threats of increasing sophistication.  Indeed, there is growing recognition among government officials and policymakers about the importance of cybersecurity measures for the grid, as media outlets ranging from GigaOm to NPR have reported.  There are a number [...]

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First Steps Toward a Next Generation Communication System

Over the last few years, it has been no secret that Advanced Metering Infrastructure projects have been one of the major drivers for electric utilities to upgrade or add to their existing communication systems.  A majority of these existing communication networks that utilities have been relying on to transfer data and voice are 30+ years [...]

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Putting Big Data to Work

Big data is a big topic when it comes to the smart grid.  GigaOm’s Katie Fehrenbacher commented that it was one of the most obvious trends at the recent DistribuTECH 2012 event.   The data generated by smart devices throughout the grid could reach truly monumental proportion.  Consider all the types of data that may be [...]

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