Smart grid has emerged as a fast-growing area in the past five years. However, it is not one big market; it is an amalgamation of different sectors, technologies, products, and components. Installation of smart meters is considered the first step toward smart grid implementation. The smart meter rollout in Europe is well under way, boosted by the European Union legislation to achieve 80 percent coverage by 2020. However, there are other growth areas, beyond smart meters, that are interesting for U.S. companies to invest into.
For example, the U.S. Commercial Service, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, helps U.S. companies expand their exports to overseas markets. Around the world, 1,400 Commercial Service officers promote U.S. business interests abroad. In this briefing find out what the company can do to support export objectives in the smart grid space.
This analyst briefing also will highlight and discuss the opportunities that exist for the US companies within the European smart grid market, including a special offer available to those interested in European Utility Week, the largest and most comprehensive Smart utility event in Europe. About 10,000 visitors and 450 solution providers will do business, network and share best practices in Vienna this year.
In this 30-minute webinar, Stacy Van Meter, Social Media and Talent Community Manager at Deluxe Corporation will discuss the transformation that has occurred in the Deluxe internal recruiting process:
• Calling job seekers "customers" not candidates
• Adding social media into the mix of recruiting
• Educating people about the Deluxe brand
• Working hard to excite internal and external "customers"
Smart meter sensor data presents tremendous opportunities for the energy industry to better understand their customers and anticipate their needs. With smart meter data, energy industry data analysts and utilities are able to use hourly readouts to gain high resolution insights into energy consumption patterns across structures and customer types, and in addition gain near real time insights into grid operations.
Join Jonathan Farland, a technical consultant at DNV GL Energy, to learn how this globally renowned energy company is processing data at scale and mining deeper insights by leveraging statistical learning techniques. In this talk, Jon will share how DNV GL is using Apache Spark and Databricks to turn smart meter data into insights to better serve their customers by:
- Accelerating data processing compared to competing platforms, at times by nearly 100 times faster without incurring additional operational costs.
- Scaling to any size on-demand while being able to decouple compute and storage resources to minimize operational expense.
- Eliminating the need to spend time on DevOps, allowing their data scientists and engineers to focus on solving data problems.
Case study examples of using better asset data to improve service, reduce cost & mitigate risk.
Smash the silo: make your key asset data available across the organization, at all times. In this section, we’ll talk a bit about how organizations often silo their support/ticketing systems off from other systems containing key asset data, and why this would matter and introduce potential waste and headaches for an organization.
The hidden costs of a long refresh cycle: Here I discuss the relationship between aged assets and the spike this can cause in support traffic. A look at gaps that can be exposed by having things like asset age, supportability, and current maintenance coverage can help with a refresh strategy.
Proper maintenance coverage: a shortcut to eased support overhead.
Here I’ll talk through a handful of real-world examples where a lack of asset oversight led to actual outages or over-payment by customers we’ve worked with.
Pitfalls of popular maintenance platforms: Discussing some of the ways in which gaps that cause support headaches are systemically introduced by popular maintenance programs such as SmartNET.
Using data to reduce Service Request Resolution Time: Lastly, talk about how to gauge and meter the soft and hard benefits of introducing better data during the support process
Traditionally, energy production has been designed to strictly follow demand. Yet there is steadily growing interest in options for managing consumption in the electricity network. In areas with limited transfer capacity, "peak shaving" can avoid overloading the network leading to black outs. There are also situations in which demand exceeds what can be produced in economically and environmentally preferred plants. The growing amount of distributed green power generation will make it more difficult to balance other production since, for example, windmill production may shift rapidly and peak production times seldom match peak demand times. This session discusses the role of the energy gateway in addressing this situation by bringing intelligence to the borders of the grid.Read more >
LPWAN (low power wide area network) technologies service a specific and necessary role in the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. Not all applications need bandwidth and speed. Sometimes long distance, low energy usage, and long latency is the perfect confluence of service that an IoT application needs. Some examples are city lighting, energy grid and meter management, parking space monitoring, precision irrigation, crop yield management, and many more.
This webcast will present different LPWAN technologies and discuss a number of questions regarding technology and value assessment, deployment, usage of such networks, and return on investment evaluations.
- An explanation of LPWAN technology and how it works
- When to use (and not use) LPWAN technology
- What issues such networks solve
- The difference between U.S. and European bands and when this will matter to a company deploying an LPWAN network
- Key information that cities and companies need to both ask and be ready to answer when planning to deploy an LPWAN network, in order to assess the right fit and to maximize efficiencies such connectivity can bring
- How LPWAN networks integrate with other network infrastructure in smart community deployments, for example
- Sample use cases
- Business models that use LPWAN networks for energy management, asset management, and others
- How to make money as both a user and deployer of LPWAN networks
- What returns on investment can be expected and suggested metrics for measurement
Yann Gabay, Co-founder and Board Member, CONNIT
Tiana McNeil, Sr. Business Development Manager, Iot Smart Cities, Ingenu
Brian Ray, CTO and Founder, Link Labs
Jeffrey Siegel, CMO, nwave
This webcast is NOT BICSI accredited.
Ever-increasing bandwidth demand is driving changes to your network and data center. Rest assured that in the coming years, you will need more servers, more switches, and more storage capacity connected at higher data rates. Using Berk-Tek’s 40Gbps transceivers paired with our GIGAlite™-10XB glass, we guarantee enough power budget to support a link distance of up to 500 meters. Watch this video learn more about how Berk-Tek can help you maximize your power budget.Read more >
Our world is getting smarter with everything from responsive advertising, smart meters to genomic analysis and intelligent media streaming. This requires a new type of storage platform – one which can combine petabyte scale with indexing and analytics. Cloudian HyperStore software, running on Intel-based servers from Lenovo, provides an elastic storage infrastructure to meet this need. It can dynamically grow based on the demand and supports rich analytics with user defined metadata and Hadoop analytics directly on the data in place.
In this webinar, you’ll learn how the Intel/Cloudian Solution Architecture on Lenovo can store and analyze your data.
Join Brian Kavanagh and Kyle Havens as they offer a fast but detailed tour of the platform. See how Kenna has become an indispensable part of the security arsenal at companies such as PTC, Anthem, Hanesbrands, and Metlife.
In just 30 minutes, we'll cover how to:
- Connect all your scanner feeds to the Kenna platform
- Set up your risk meter dashboards for your technology environments
- View, track, and report on your risk posture
- See which patches give you the biggest bang for your buck
The major threats for the water industry in Asia-Pacific (APAC) that may necessitate significant adoption of smart grid solutions are water scarcity, aging Infrastructure, population growth and urbanization, and climate change. Furthermore, the developing economies in are suffering in water management due to a vicious cycle of non-revenue water (NRW). As a result, the adoption of smart water meter (SWM) solutions is expected to see more than 20% growth annually post 2015 in the region.Read more >
The global water and wastewater network market will experience relatively high growth at a compound annual growth rate of 9.6% from 2014 through 2020. It presents a mixed bag of opportunities for clients from all segments of the market, namely pumps, pipes and allied technologies; meters, software, automation and ICT; pipe network services; and design and engineering services.
Why should you attend this webinar?
· Understand growth opportunities in developing and developed countries
· Hear key network market challenges addressed by different stakeholders
· Identify potential collaboration opportunities to build profitable partnerships across the segments in the network market
· Understand the unmet needs that will allow companies to create value for customers and communities
The European Union has set an ambitious goal of improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020. The new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) offers some best practices on how to identify initiatives with the greatest potential to improve efficiency, how to prioritise efficiency investment and how to ensure available incentives are accessed. Key measures include conducting energy audits, designing a data monitoring system, installing smart meters, utilising industry expertise and staying on top of national legislation.
So what does it mean to your business? Listen to our 50 minute Masterclass where we will outline what opportunities are available through the Energy Efficiency Directive including the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and ISO50001.
10.00 Global Trends – Energy Management & Sustainability
Alex Richards, Business Manager, Schneider Electric
10.10 European Energy Efficiency Directive – What does it mean?
Snezhina Mileva, Head of Solution Services (EMEA),Schneider Electric
10.30 ISO50001 & Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme
Maureen Bray, Head of UK Compliance, Schneider Electric
10.50 Questions & Answers
Various activities have resulted in unprecedented fluctuations in the worldwide energy markets. This affects the prices your business is currently paying. With such a complex market how can you be sure your business is paying the most competitive rates? Our webinar will outline areas where you can save money and take advantage of such a volatile market as well as uncover just how common hidden mistakes can be. It will also explain how easy it is to become legislation compliant, while improving performance and not having to spend large amounts of money.
There will also be opportunities to put direct questions to the panel to gain further insight.
Energy Procurement : Risk Management
James Williams – Schneider Electric
- Risk management principles and procurement objectives
- Contract types (Fixed vs Flexible Price Purchasing)
- Risk/reward profiles of various procurement strategies
Don’t Just Accept Your Energy Bills; Hidden Errors Are More Common Than You Think – Samantha Wyllie – Schneider Electric, Client Manager
- Do you know what opportunities are available to reduce energy and water costs?
- Cost control
Beyond the Smart Meter – Where The Energy Challenge Lies
Cass Swallow – Schneider Electric
- Knowing how and where to find energy efficiencies
- The opportunity afforded through Smart Grid’s Response
- Unlocking the energy challenge budget
Sustainability and Energy Reporting
Andy Dewis – Sustainability Director, Schneider Electric – Professional Services
- Customise your experience
- Know your spend & usage
- Track performance
- Manage projects & scenarios
- Control your environmental impact
- Monitor the markets
More and more organizations are exploring the ramifications of Big Data on their enterprises. Deployments of Smart Meters to better manage the electric grid, Industrial Control Systems (ICS) across a variety of sectors, and the promise of always on and always connected systems are pushing organizations to gather more data than previously imagined. What are the implications from a privacy and intellectual property perspective and how can we as security professionals provide a level of control and risk management over the coming wave of The Internet of Things? Join (ISC)2 and Capella University on May 23, 2013 at 1:00pm Eastern for a discussion on these important concerns.Read more >
This is an essential presentation for all organisations involved in research and the supply chain relating to Smart Energy and in particular the Smart Meter roll out.Read more >
Conservation Voltage Regulation (CVR) is a way for utilities to reduce peak demand by lowering feeder voltages. The combination of SCADA with a Smart Grid communications system from Tantalus adds real-time voltage information from thousands of meters, allowing utilities to maximize their voltage reduction operations while ensuring that every customer’s residence stays within the regulated limits.
During this webinar you will learn about Tantalus’ new SCADA interface and the case study of Morristown Utility Systems (Morristown, TN) how the deployment of this interface has saved them time and money while meeting today’s demand response needs.
Join Tantalus Systems and PayGo Electric to learn more about how utilities can use prepay solutions to improve performance.
Utility companies are becoming increasingly creative with ways to price electricity so that homeowners can find rates that will meet their budgetary needs. Prepaid electricity is one option that is growing in popularity nationwide. Prepaid electricity plans allow homeowners to pay for electricity in advance, and can be a good option for consumers on a strict budget or who are interested in carefully monitoring their energy consumption.
The key to managing your prepaid electricity is in using the electric meters provided by the utility company. Smart meters allow you to monitor electric use, providing readings multiple times per day.
Advance pay utility plans can be a helpful tool in getting out of debt, because consumers are able to carefully manage the amount of money being spent for service, and even control the intervals at which they want to pay. When the money in your account runs low, you can make choices to control your spending or choose not to reactivate service until you are ready. Advance pay users spend less on electric service than in traditional programs, largely because consumers are more informed about their usage and reap tangible rewards for reducing use.
We are starting to see that non-PC networked devices, like cells phones, routers, printers, and even automobiles or energy meters represent a rich opportunity for hackers to apply their collected learnings toward launching attacks on these comparatively wide-open platforms. So, what can be done about it? Mocana’s Device Security Framework is an extensible software framework that secures all aspects of device integrity, for any connected device, in order to get ahead of security issues.
This on-demand webinar will discuss:
*Maximizing design for easy integration, platform independence and portability.
*Advantages of asynchronous architecture.
*Cryptographic enhancements for government regulations.
As manufacturers integrate their internal business process systems with those of contract manufacturers, suppliers, customers, and employees in order to reduce operations costs, they are met with increasing security challenges related to the protection of intellectual property and corporate information, and the revenue loss associated with the production of counterfeit market goods. Manufacturing effectiveness requires a solution that offers security, cost-effectiveness and scale in order to meet the evolving demands in this market. In order to meet these demands vendors often leverage industry compliant digital identities in infrastructure to meet their needs, such as the use of digital identities to protect; chips, hard drives, printer components, mobile devices, smart meters and a host of manufactured goods.
Join Clark Crain, CTO Nuspire Networks and Mark Yakabuski, VP of Product Management SafeNet, for a discussion on the importance of using hardware security modules in secure manufacturing environments. Hardware Security modules are the Trust anchor for protecting digital identities. Mr. Crain has worked in the trenches of the automotive industry, overseeing and crafting security policy for brands like Delphi, Chrysler, General Motors and various global automotive suppliers such as Siemens Automotive. Clark has a wealth of experience in building sustained, flexible, seamless and compliant security solutions in the global manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, and global retail space. Mark Yakabuski is a veteran of the security industry and has over 12 years of security experience developing digital identity solutions. Throughout his tenure at SafeNet, Mark has worked to successfully deploy secure manufacturing environments for a global network of partners and customers. Mr. Yakabuski is currently the Vice President of Product Management for the Hardware Security Module business unit at SafeNet.
This session -- a continued discussion of issues brough up in the previous panel -- examines key requirements for broadband network and HAN deployments as they pertain to smart grid. Panelists will critically review and compare enabling technologies and network alternatives, with an eye toward accelerating smart meter deployment and its associated benefits. We will hear from a municipal utility with deployment experience in this area, focusing on best practices, lessons learned, and success strategies moving forward.Read more >
This session will provide an overview of some of the threats and vulnerabilities that exist in current and proposed smart grid deployments and potential solutions, including discussion of some case studies. It will begin by providing an architectural overview of what is considered to be the modern smart grid including discussions of AMI, Distribution Automation, and Substation Automation. This will include concerns about residential meters that are exposed to physical tampering as well as attacks from inside the home through the Home Area Network (HAN) and the Neighborhood Area Network (NAN). The speaker will discuss potential challenges with wireless mesh architecture and the trust relationships that are assumed up the chain back to the utility’s head end. This presentation will also cover the reliance on service providers such as telecommunications companies and hosting providers and how that may present unacceptable security risks if not properly mitigated. The speaker will draw his experience in this area including component testing in the lab and in production environments.Read more >
Privacy Implications of Smart Grids and the Cloud: Opportunities and Pitfalls
Smart grids are in the news considering the Obama administration impetus for broadband stimulation. The starting point of Smart grids are two-way electricity meters which can be connected via telecoms networks to monitor energy consumption. Like web 2.0 which saw the Web as a platform, we are now seeing the electricity grid as a platform.
But similar to Web 2.0, smart grids could also have privacy implications. This talk discusses the opportunities and pitfalls of the privacy implications of the smart grid and the Cloud.
Ajit Jaokar is the founder of the London based publishing and research company futuretext (www.futuretext.com) focussed on emerging Web and Mobile technologies. His thinking is widely followed in the industry and his blog, The OpenGardensBlog (www.opengardensblog.futuretext.com), was recently rated a top 20 wireless blog worldwide and he is best known for his books Mobile Web 2.0, Social Media Marketing. Two new books ('Open Mobile' and ‘Implementing Mobile Web 2.0’) are being released in 2009.
Ajit chairs Oxford University's Next generation mobile applications panel and conducts a course on Mobile Web 2.0 and LTE services at Oxford University.