Digital Digest: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Intelligent Utility Network – May 14, 2021

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Welcome to the Intelligent Utility Network roundup, Digital Digest. As always, your fellow network members are paying close attention to digital utility and mobile workforce trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about cybersecurity resilience, enhanced drone technology, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


Avoiding the Lose-Lose Choice Between Shutdown and Breakdown

Brian Romansky

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The recent Colonial Pipeline shutdown occurred because once the company’s IT system was breached, operators weren’t sure whether the damage could spread to operational technology (OT) systems. So, they shut down the pipeline just in case. In this article, Brian Romansky, Chief Innovation Officer at Owl Cyber Defense suggests the infrastructure sector must work toward greater resilience to prevent similar disruptions in the future. He offers practical steps to defend OT systems and minimize the risk of a cyberattack affecting critical operations.


Idaho Researchers Use AI To Give Drones New Roles in Industry

Cory Hatch

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In this post, Cory Hatch, Senior Science Writer at Idaho National Laboratory observes that one big challenge remains for companies that want to use drones for tasks within industrial environments: their inability to navigate through tight spaces quickly and efficiently without crashing. He notes that the U.S. Department of Energy Light Water Reactor Sustainability program has developed a solution. He describes how Route Operable Unmanned Navigation of Drones (ROUNDS) work, using AI and other advanced technologies to accurately navigate at high speeds in indoor environments. This item is part of Energy Central’s 2021-04 – Innovation in the Power Industry special issue.


Why a Well-Integrated OMS Is Crucial to Reliability of Today’s Energy Utility

Tom Helmer

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Automation may sound like a once-and-done operation but, according to Tom Helmer, Executive Solution Architect at UDC in this piece, it’s not. He explains that utility automation is an evolutionary process that often takes place in phases, including digital transformation, optimizing workforce via systems integration, and operational performance analysis improving asset management. The benefits of achieving each phase include increased reliability, safety, compliance, and profitability.


Blockchain: Democratization of the Energy Sector?

Dr. Arrojah Adade-Boafo

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Here, new Energy Central member, Dr. Arrojah Adade-Boafo, ERP and EAM Implementer and Consultant explains how, for many industries, blockchain is poised to deliver disruption. For the energy sector, he says, this disruption will come in the form of democratizing the grid through decentralization. He notes that blockchain technology will facilitate the new paradigm of businesses and residents who both produce and use electricity being able to buy and sell with each other without the need for utility involvement.


Thanks again for reading this edition of Digital Digest! The authors listed above are eager to hear your thoughts and questions, so don’t hesitate to engage them. And if you want your content to be featured in this spot in future issues, be sure to publish your posts within the Digital Utility or Mobile Workforce Community.


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