All public utilities have a similar trait: all of them, being dedicated to electricity, water, gas distribution, waste management, communication, manage a vastly distributed network made of diverse physical assets, built in different stages and ages, with many technologies and supporting vendors. And they need to operate such networks in the most efficient way to deliver end-to-end the services to the end user.
The specific structure of each network, the ‘content’, the regulatory prescriptions create a very heterogeneous architecture to manage.
have a complex distribution grid to manage: high-voltage primary network (1000’s of systems), mid-voltage secondary networks (100.000’s of systems), low-voltage distribution. With many systems involved from distribution cabinets to power transformation stations. Such networks are evolving to smart grids able to manage bi-directional flows, supporting the deployment of small size power plants (PV, Wind, Bio-methane, Co-generation), and lately storage systems.
have a multi-tiered network to manage (international – primary – secondary – distribution segments) with their associated systems to manage gas pressure across the network, including storage reservoir.
is somehow similar to the gas network, with the peculiarity to have in many cases several separate networks very dependent upon the territory shape (mountains, valleys, streams, position of water reservoirs) and the population distribution.
While telecommunication companies’ specific networking technologies have embedded management features, still companies have lots of physical assets to control such as towers for wireless communication, whose operations needs to be integrated and optimized.
The Industrial IoT, delivered through a highly scalable solution such as Alleantia’s, benefits heavily any utility in need to expand the control of its physical assets. Data from existing grid devices and systems, or from new sensors deployed within a comprehensive IIoT architecture, become uniform and up-to-date information available across the whole network, so not only from the ‘backbones’ and core plants, already controlled by SCADA systems, but also from the smaller, very numerous and mostly unmanaged devices.