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Addressing the big data smart grid challenge

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, October 12, 2012

As the smart grid continues to develop across North America, millions of wireless sensors and other intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) are generating untold amounts of real-time data for utilities to sift through.

This deluge of information could very well swamp utilities that have not readied their transmission and distribution grid infrastructure for such a drastic change in the way operational technology and information technology work together.

In fact, according to a new report from Pike Research, the market for smart grid analytics is expected to hit $34 billion by 2020.

"Smart grids cannot be considered smart without the actionable intelligence to correct deficiencies throughout the power delivery system, from transmission, substation and distribution systems, to the customer side of the meter," said Carol Stimmel, research director at Pike. "The demand for market analytics will only grow stronger as utilities upgrade their systems, and both seasoned providers and new entrants are vying to deliver on the promise a smarter grid."

According to ZDNet, many major tech companies and utilities are well aware of this change, with IBM currently working with the Pacific Northwest Laboratory to analyze the data that is derived from meters used by 11 different utilities.

SUBNET helps these utilities by implementing software that enables easy management of thousands of disparate IEDs.

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