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2012 smart grid trends include security, automation

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Thursday, January 05, 2012

Events in the last year have provided plenty of fodder for smart grid conversation, including major hurricanes and unexpected snowstorms that left millions without power. These events have led many utilities to readjust their smart grid priorities, with security and automation set to be the highest in the coming year.

In late 2011, utilities started paying closer attention to smart grid security when there was an apparent breach in Illinois of one company's SCADA system. Although little came from the mishap, the high tech break-in noted the gap in security investments related to smart grid technologies. Before it can take off, the new grid must buckle down on such issues, according to ZD Net.

The power outages seen across the country this past year have led many to discuss what happens when the grid is compromised. While heavy rhetoric has surfaced on consumer-facing smart meters, the behind-the-scenes act of isolating and healing the problems will likely gain even more traction in 2012, as distribution and substation automation will continue to be supported by a growing information technology sector.

SUBNET is poised to offer utilities such IT services with its software and expertise in substation automation and remote access, all while helping to comply with NERC CIP standards. 

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