Utilities have always leveraged available technology to optimize and control assets, increase safety, control the grid, and keep the lights on. The most common use cases are AMI advanced metering infrastructure where smart meters provide a direct link from the consumers back to the utilities. This enables them to not only monitor usage, but offer incentives to help balance the grid. SCADA Systems (supervisory control and data acquisition) have also been in place with utilities since the early 50s. SCADA is normally a network of sensors, relays, actuators, and a user interface that captures data for analysis.
The demand for electricity has never been higher. The breakthrough of electric vehicles and climate change has increased the demand for IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things). Rugged Telemetry is working with utilities to help build these solutions and provide near real-time data will lead to intelligent energy distribution planning.