Historically ICT has not been a major concern of utilities but today it is becoming ever more important and this is where Ericsson can play a role, Regis Hourdouillie, Global Offering Lead, Smart Grid Communications & Control, told Engerati in an interview at European Utility Week 2014.
“We bring best practices from ICT and especially the telecoms world,” says Hourdouillie. Examples of projects he cites include designing a network, as is currently under way for a gas company in France; the deployment of a network such as the 4G network that was implemented for Ausgrid in Australia; and integration and operations of a telecom solution, as was done for Hydro One in Canada and Pepco in the US.
Experiences from telecoms
Hourdouillie says that experiences from telecoms that are applicable for utilities include the methodology of the approach to the customer to understand their needs and develop a solution to meet their needs, and migration from legacy to new systems.
“We need to understand the specificities of the use cases to customize the solution for the utility.”
Looking forward Hourdouillie says that while the communication network has been the traditional “pain point” for utilities, this is now shifting to exploiting all the data that is being collected.
“We are working on building new apps, and believe that a combination of companies like Ericsson and others with the right skills are necessary to bring value to utilities.”