Week in smart metering - Surviving the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things in the energy sector is very much on the radar now, writes Claire Volkwyn, editor, Metering & Smart Energy International.
Published: Wed 09 Nov 2016

Call it the Industrial Internet of Things, or the Energy Internet of Things, the concept is pretty much the same. The proliferation of sensors and communication across the various elements of the energy ecosystem, allowing increased efficiency, in-depth insight into the state of play across the various segments and, ideally, actionable intelligence to address energy efficiency, revenue management or outage restoration among others.

According to a TechCrunch contribution, Jim Hunter, the internet-connected elements utilised need to be treated more like people in that they are there to perform a specific job function. His hypothesis is that this thinking will help both the individual element, but the entire IoT achieve it’s full potential.

The IoT is a theme we will be carrying into our next edition of the magazine through our Utility IoT Survival Guide special report in our next edition, a combination of print and digital elements dedicated to the subject of IoT for utilities.  Contact us if you wish to find out more.

I look forward to seeing our readers at EUW next week. Drop us a line if you wish to set up a meeting to discuss your plans for 2017.



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Singapore Power has chosen Silver Spring Networks to deploy an IoT platform for smart utility and smart nation applications. Singapore Power will leverage its AMI deployment to connect an additional 200,000 electric residential customers. [Singapore Power to deploy IoT platform]. According to a release, Silver Spring’s multi-application IPv6 platform will be extended to help Singapore Power improve its operational efficiencies, serve more advanced metering customers and for Singapore Power to develop a digital data and Internet of Things (IoT) platform.

Brazilian power utility CPFL and Silver Spring Networks have extended their partnership to further development of CPFL’s distribution automation programme. [CPFL extends distribution automation programme]. CPFL will leverage Silver Spring’s IPv6 platform to connect over 3,700 reclosers to provide reliability for what is believed to be one of the world’s largest geographic distribution automation deployments.

Baltimore Gas and Electric has selected Silver Spring Networks to connect 8,000 smart devices to improve reliability and reduce interruptions. [BGE selects Silver Spring to connect grid devices]. Baltimore Gas and Electric will leverage Silver Spring’s IPv6 Platform will connect approximately 3,000 automated reclosers and 4,800 capacitor controls to enhance BGE’s Smart Grid across its 2,300 square mile service territory.

Water utility Lee County Utilities (LCU) entered into a deal with smart metering solutions firm Mueller Systems to improve its water distribution network. LCU will leverage a smart water solution developed by Mueller Systems, to improve services to its 340,000 consumers in southwest Florida. [Florida utility upgrades water infrastructure with Mueller Systems]. In a press statement, LCU said it selected Ferguson Waterworks to implement the project.

The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA) partnered with engineering firm IDModeling to improve management of its water distribution network. [US utility implements new software to manage water distribution]. In a press statement, IDModelling said it is deploying its smart water solution, Sedaru Smart Ops, to assist RWA improve its water distribution services.