IoT - the path to the Intelligent Grid

The internet of things (IoT) is revolutionizing utilities and Engerati has identified three key areas where the energy sector is seeing real benefits;

  • Self Healing Networks and Automation 
  • Intelligent Asset Management and Utilisation
  • Power Outage and Failure Management

We are bringing together key industry actors and project stakeholders, in this In Focus Track, to explore the path to a 'smarter' grid through in depth analysis, honest opinions and personal accounts.

Electricity companies from generation through to retail are investing heavily in IoT technologies. Across the energy sector key actors are opting for intelligent assets in a bid to enhance the interaction within and around the Smart Grid. These decisions are driven by a need to realise returns including; increased overall equipment effectiveness and reliability; reduced cost of quality and compliance; improved customer service; and increased return on innovation.

At the heart of the energy value chain is the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) network and its role in realising the promises of the IoT have never been more relevant. Check out the sessions and join the debate.

Live Webinars

The limits of utility IoT: The policy, privacy and security landscape of the Internet of Things

Broadcast Date: Thu 25 Aug 13:00 UTC


How is the Internet of Things (IoT) challenging the current utility cyber security landscape? Join this session with South California Edison IoT and cyber security expert Bob Coher to get the inside scoop on this fast evolving sector.




  • David B. Coher

    Principal, Reliability and Cybersecurity
  • Sophia de Francesco

    Content & Programme Manager


Risks pertaining to the internet of things security are rapidly growing and changing with the increase in adoption in daily life. The interconnectivity of people, devices and organisations in today’s digital world, opens up a whole new playing field of vulnerabilities which cyber criminals can exploit.

Join this session for a review of the internet of things security in the utility sector, including the cyber security of grid devices, how to ensure end-user privacy, and the current and anticipated regulation of the internet of things (both in and outside the utility sector).

The presentation will answer questions such as:

  • What are the requirements and limitations upon leveraging internet of things?
  • What will the near future be bringing in new regulatory requirements?
  • How do we secure the efficiency gains IoT offers while addressing these challenges?

This webinar is part of our "IoT - Path to the Intelligent Grid" In focus track on Engerati.



Building for resilience - A smart(er) grid with the Internet of Things and Automation

Broadcast Date: Tue 30 Aug 13:00 UTC


Automation and Auto Computing are transforming smart grids. But how can we achieve a self configuring, self optimising, self healing and self protecting T&D network?




  • Christopher McCarthy

    Managing Director
  • Francisco Javier Leiva Rojo

    Network Technology Iberia Living Labs & Innovation Projects Global Infrastructure & Networks
  • Régis Vautrin

    Smart Grid Director, Energy Business Unit
  • Sacha Fontaine

    Smart Grid Manager


Automation is not new on the smart grid, however the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to provide a smarter grid which facilitates more information flow and connectivity throughout the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) infrastructure.

How will intelligent grid automation deliver grid reliability? What will better planning and communication give us? Can we achieve network and operational efficiency/excellence?

In this session we will discuss key areas of Auto Computing on the T&D network including:

  • Self configuration
  • Self optimisation
  • Self healing
  • Self protecting

Make sure you join the session to have a clear understanding of the IoT, automation and grid intelligence via a series of use cases and lessons learnt from the industry.

This webinar is part of our 'IoT- The Path to the Intelligent Grid' In Focus track.



Intelligent Utility Communications - 5 steps to success – Get the Edge!

Broadcast Date: Wed 07 Sep 10:00 UTC


Efficient and effective edge communications for data collection and distribution grid control are essential. In this webinar we elaborate on your options and suggest a 5-step approach on your path to grid intelligence.




  • Donald Pollock

    Principal Consultant, Utilities


Efficient and effective edge communications for data collection and distribution grid control are essential. There are a multitude of last mile and access technologies and solutions. In this webinar/paper we elaborate on your options and suggest a 5-step approach to create best solutions in a complex and dynamic environment.

A smart grid can be realized through the addition of monitoring, analysis, control, and communication to the electric distribution system in an effort to optimize its use over a variety of conditions and events. One of the major challenges to such an undertaking is that the resulting intelligent grid may consist of thousands of communicating devices. Enabling numerous new devices also creates an exponential increase in the volume of new data generated from those devices. The process of managing this data flow and analysis will be integral to how grid modernization benefits are realized.

Communications to and from end point devices may need to come in various types to operationally and economically connect every device. Navigating through the multiple options for communications and making the right choices for the needed services; balancing the  initial  investment, operating costs, performance, security and  technological lifecycles is a demanding task in a rapidly changing landscape.

The 5 step approach proposed in this webinar/paper helps utilities make successful choices for their existing and  future communications requirements.



Smart Rural Grid, digitalising the electric grid

Broadcast Date: Thu 08 Sep 10:00 UTC


The modern grid is becoming much more complex, learn how to handle it!


  • Dr. Santi Martinez

    Chief Executive Officer
  • Ramon Gallart

    Head of Smart Grids


The application of digital technologies will encourage the growth of renewable and distributed energy resources, increasing involvement of electricity customers and businesses in both managing and producing energy.

The smart grid involves the application of advanced communications and control technologies and practices to improve reliability, efficiency and security, which are key ingredients in the ongoing modernization of the rural electricity delivery infrastructure.

The rural smart grid technologies are being applied across the electric network, including distribution and customer-based systems.

Traditionally, utilities managed a fairly predictable system in terms of the supply and demand of electricity with one-way flow from large, centralized generation plants to customers. The modern grid is becoming much more complex and will need to handle:

  • Variable power from renewable energy resources that are located within distribution systems
  • Two-way power flows from distributed energy resources and other assets, such as rooftop solar panels, electric vehicles, and energy storage devices
  • The active management and generation of energy by utility customers and businesses other than utilities
  • Advanced communications and control technologies with “built-in” cybersecurity protection

The integration of these technologies and practices will require a faster-acting, more flexible grid and new business and regulatory approaches. There will be a need to maintain reliability, especially as consumers and third-parties become more involved in the management and generation of electricity. Also, long-term investment strategies will be needed to effectively balance competing demands for reliable, efficient, secure, and affordable electricity delivery. The Smart Rural Grid technologies will solve the equation!

This webinar is part of our "IoT - Path to the Intelligent Grid" In focus track on Engerati.



Intelligent asset management and maximising asset utilisation with the IoT

Broadcast Date: Fri 09 Sep 13:00 UTC


The Internet of Things is more than just a buzzword. How is IoT changing asset management? How can we maximize asset utilization? And what are the next generation of Asset Management Systems?




  • Antonello Monti

    Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems, E.ON Energy Research Center
  • Alan Snook

    President
  • Baptiste Jouffroy

    Vice President Sales EMEA
  • Marc Peters

    Industry Technical Leader E&U IOT Europe Executive Architect


It is becoming increasingly clear that the path to optimal asset management requires an understanding of context, status and objectives. It is becoming even more important to understand who owns what, if the assets are connected to the grid and how well is the product supporting our business of generating, transmitting or delivering energy.

Moreover with an increasing asset volumes and diversity the need for intelligent asset management systems becomes even more relevant. In order to make efficient & prompt business decisions this session will explore key themes including;

  • Integration approaches for new asset type
  • Management of the increasing asset volume
  • Intelligent Asset Management Systems (AMS) deployment

Make sure you join this session to have an answer to this questions and better understanding on how to maximise asset utilization and enact intelligent asset management.

This webinar is part of our "IoT - Path to the Intelligent Grid" In focus track on Engerati.



Ensuring Ubiquitous Connectivity and Network Transparency for your AMI Real Estate

Broadcast Date: Wed 14 Sep 13:00 UTC


When deploying Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) it is critical to have maximum coverage, resilience and control over network connectivity. Learn how to guarantee ubiquitous connectivity and deep network control across your smart meter real estate.




  • Adedamola Adeleke

    Senior Content & Programme Manager
  • Paul Bullock

    Head of M2M


When deploying advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) it is critical to have maximum coverage, resilience and control over network connectivity.

In this session you will learn how to ensure ubiquitous connectivity and network transparency for your Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) real estate without compromising on your budget, round the clock support and long term confidence.

You will also learn how to leverage real time diagnostics and highly granular connectivity controls which will make it easier to meet your AMI network SLAs and reduce AMI network OPEX without compromising on transparency and resilience.

  • Is your AMI network fully connected?
  • Is your AMI network resilient?
  • Is your AMI network agile?

The real time communications demands of the 21st century networked utility include the need for a stable, long term partner for all connectivity deployments. Failure is not an option and detailed analysis in your communications networks with support for multiple wireless protocols is standard.

Tune into this webinar to learn how you can you deliver ubiquitous network connectivity to your smart grid devices, anywhere in the world!



Webinar Speakers

Erik Christian

Vice President, Smart Grid

Michael Knuchel

Substation Automation System Project Manager

Steven Collier

Director Smart Grid Strategies

Zac Canders

CEO

Antonello Monti

Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems, E.ON Energy Research Center

Alan Snook

President

Baptiste Jouffroy

Vice President Sales EMEA

Marc Peters

Industry Technical Leader E&U IOT Europe Executive Architect

Christopher McCarthy

Managing Director

Francisco Javier Leiva Rojo

Network Technology Iberia Living Labs & Innovation Projects Global Infrastructure & Networks

Régis Vautrin

Smart Grid Director, Energy Business Unit

Sacha Fontaine

Smart Grid Manager

Paul Bullock

Head of M2M

Donald Pollock

Principal Consultant, Utilities

Dr. Santi Martinez

Chief Executive Officer

Ramon Gallart

Head of Smart Grids

David B. Coher

Principal, Reliability and Cybersecurity

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