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Smart grid rollout supported by new big data apps

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, December 31, 2012

New applications are being developed to help utilities and grid control operators manage big data derived from smart grid technologies and will likely lead to more advanced smart grid deployments, according to a new market study.

EE Times reports that Brooklyn's GTM Research recently found that utilities are expected to invest $20 billion on data analytics in the next nine years, which will help them monitor grid operations and usage among consumers. These new apps will be especially focused on data tracking, a market that is estimated to top $1.1 billion in 2013. By 2020, it could be worth as much as $3.8 billion.

According to the news source, the most prominent big data technologies that are being developed include open source platforms like Hadoop, and big data "appliances" that have risen thanks to new parallel processing capabilities.

SUBNET's Unified Asset Monitoring Information solution helps utilities complete system analytics from data taken from various substations, and provides an in-depth look at a company's system equipment and health.

Utilities can use the solution to manage their network through templates and group operations, audit changes to learn how various analytics can affect the system and limit access to certain individuals.

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