Digital Digest: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Intelligent Utility Network – October 1, 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 the value of connecting OT and IT systems, how to prevent the next Texas power crisis, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


5G, VPN’s and the Grid of the Future

Delvin Stephens

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In this post, new Energy Central member Delvin Stephens, Project Manager at Con Edison explains the need for robust communication systems within utilities and notes that 5G technology and virtual private networks (VPNs) can help. A VPN can give utilities the cybersecurity component they need to share telemetry over the net to a secure location, while 5G addresses latency issues. Delvin suggests that a partnership should be formed between broadband providers and utilities to ensure the integration of these critical technologies.


Managing Electric Grids for Resilience

Shirish Patil

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The Texas power crisis of February 2021 was the result of a combination of factors at play. Here, Shirish Patil, Global Head Domain & Consulting at Wipro Technologies warns that, due to similar circumstances in other places, additional comparable events are likely to occur. Therefore, electric grid operators should act now to increase resiliency. Such operational resilience should include forecasting, adaptive operations, ecosystem collaboration, and training.


Bridging the Air Gap: How to Harness Your Data and Protect Your OT Network

Brian Romansky

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In this article, Brian Romansky, Chief Innovation Officer at Owl Cyber Defense points out that critical infrastructure providers like utilities could benefit from connecting their OT and IT systems but are reluctant to do so based on the fear of potential threats. However, effective network security is available in the form of embedded modules or IP cores. With such protection in place, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can access utility data and use it to better support their operations.


5 Artificial Intelligence Grand Challenges for the Electric Power Industry

Jeremy Renshaw

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Both the artificial intelligence (AI) and electric power industries have greatly advanced in recent years. However, though each could benefit from collaboration, they haven’t interacted much. In this piece, Jeremy Renshaw, Senior Program Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) describes how EPRI has issued five “grand challenges” to these industries to facilitate collaboration. They are Grid-Interactive Smart Communities, Energy System Reliance, Environmental Impacts, Intelligent and Autonomous Plants, and AI-Enhanced Cybersecurity.


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