Smart Utility Communications for Smarter Communities
- Aug 21, 2020 1:11 am GMT
This item is part of the LTE Networks & Utilities - Summer 2020 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more
Today, Industry 4.0, and specifically utility 4.0 is all about digitalization – delivering connected devices, data analytics, and artificial intelligence to further automate utility command and control processes. With the continued evolution of telecommunications technology, the timing has never been better for electric, water and gas utilities to consider business strategies to transform their legacy communication systems to support the next generation of “smart.”
The focus of smart infrastructure has expanded from the 2015 ‘smart cities’ initiatives, as broad adoption of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices and the need for real-time communications has permeated every Critical Infrastructure Industry (CII). IIoT brings together state-of-the-art technologies, such as next-generation sensors, cloud computing, and data analytics to the utility, and with it also comes the power to monitor and harness data to derive intelligence. This intelligence gives rise to new digital capabilities, such as predictive maintenance, remote monitoring, and end-to-end automation of utility operations.
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