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How Public Utilities Can Turn Information Silos into Information Grids

April 27, 2016View for printing

When the Electric Power Board (EPB) in Chattanooga, Te nn ., started thinking about its long-range vision, the publicly owned utility quickly realized it wanted a power distribution system that was intelligent, interactive and self- healing. "We envisioned leveraging the power of connected applications, data analytics and real-time control of every device on our distribution network," said President and COO David Wade in an interview with the Center for Digital Government (CDG).

To take full advantage of the opportunities within such a system, EPB knew it would need an infrastructure that supports the sharing and analysis of high volumes of data coming from thousands of smart meters, switches, sensors and other distributed endpoints.

Welcome to the future for municipal and cooperatively owned utilities. These organizations collect mountains of data -- and they're poised to collect even more as the power grid itself becomes more instrumented and intelligent. Most utilities, however, don't tap into the true power of this data because it's locked up in individual systems and silos. But that's starting to change.

Paper: https://afd34ee8b0806295b5a7-9fbee7de ... areAG_V.pdf
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