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weakness and the physical damage that can be caused by compromises. Utilities need to focus on security as a priority, and select partners that can offer a broad portfolio of security solutions, countering both cyber and physical threats and protecting every part of the network, from the control center to substations to field area networks FANs and mobile workers. Utilities need an integrated, converged approach to security that: • Monitors critical networks while mitigating threats • Helps secure utility operational facilities • Helps utilities comply with regulations Utility WAN The future of utility wide area networks must include solutions that help companies unite disparate, legacy networks and manage assets more efficiently and securely across the grid. Can your network equipment support edge application deployment, or running applications right on your network hardware to make more intelligent decision, faster – closer to the data itself? One example might be running edge applications to ease the burden of connecting legacy technologies and protocols, versus adding the cost and additional complexity of gateways? Can you run statistical analysis on the data at the factory edge to reduce the bandwidth required upstream of your plant floor? Once you deploy these edge applications, make sure you have the tools to manage, and deploy them with confidence, at scale. Managing massive amounts of data can also quickly become a problem. You’ll need systems that can extract, compute, and move data to the right places at the right time. Utility WAN Network Solutions should be capable of simplifying and streamlining utility WAN operations, empowering utilities to move toward a modern full-mesh matrix linking the distribution grid, substations, control center, data center, and corporate offices. With industry-leading WAN solutions, utilities can: • Converge multiple proprietary systems onto a single IP network and extend IT infrastructure from corporate to substations • More easily comply with NERC CIP, IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613 • Optimize business and grid operations to support new IoT applications and business initiatives Substation automation Traditional substation designs, often dependent on a jumble of leased lines and siloed applications, can lack the functionality and scalability needed to meet today’s standards and security requirements. Utility operators need to modernize the grid with next-generation, fully interoperable substation The popularity of renewable energy like solar and wind has also challenged utilities to adapt by integrating these distributed energy resources into the grid. SOURCE: CISCO automation products and services that deliver the foundation for advanced protection and control, remote diagnostics, and predictive maintenance capabilities. Open- s tandards -based subs tat ion automation solutions enables utilities to: • Improve remote monitoring of substation equipment and sensors for better visibility • Manage existing legacy infrastructure while complying with new security mandates and industry standards • Deploy advanced quality-of-service capabilities to support missioncritical substation applications such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and IEC 61850 GOOSE messaging Distribution automation Last-mile data communications networks are essential to realizing the full potential of the smart grid. Field area networks (FANs) need to support all the capabilities that drive the competitive edge of modern utilities, including high-efficiency distribution automation (DA), remote asset management, smart metering, and mobile workforce automation. A multiservice network is the foundation for enabling distributed power generation and energy storage, electric vehicle (EV) charging, microgrids, and more. A flexible architecture enables utilities to: • Seamlessly connect field devices to control centers • Increase operational reliability through self-healing grids • Increase customer engagement through demand response and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployments Advanced Metering Infrastructure Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is a critical part of any smart grid initiative, enabling utilities to obtain real-time power consumption data and allowing customers to make informed choices about energy usage. Unlike legacy electricity meters, AMI-based smart meters are capable of two-way communication with the utility network. Look for vendors who lead in the design and deployment of communication networks that drive smart metering systems. Neighborhood area networks (NAN) interconnect smart meters as well as streetlights and distributed energy resources using wireless mesh, Ethernet, and other networking technologies. A flexible AMI solution allows utilities to: • Reliably scale to connect and support millions of smart meters • Remotely connect and disconnect power from meter to load • Use advanced network management tools for troubleshooting 000’s of devices Mobile workforce A highly mobile and enabled workforce is critical to quickly finding and fixing power outages, and keeping customers happy. More utilities are looking to utility fleet management solutions which fully connect their mobile workforce with a secure, always-on mobile network in and around the maintenance vehicles. This allows field workers to access key resources more easily and collaborate to optimize their safety, reliability, and efficiency. Some benefits utilities are targeting with advanced Fleet and Crew Solutions include: • Faster customer response time and reduced carbon footprint with locationaware dispatching • Increased employee safety with wearable health monitors • Lower OpEx through improved vehicle maintenance planning, lower fuel costs, and reduced speeding citations with real-time location, speed, and idle time tracking • Increased field productivity with officein the-truck technology to enable real-time access to applications and data in the field, and enhanced crew communications using text, voice, and video with new collaboration solutions In summary, utilities need to partner with a company that offers a unified portfolio of solutions that can help utilities modernize and innovate, with the lowest risk possible in all the areas above. Find a network partner with Leading Security Expertise, Comprehensive Grid Management Capabilities, who is a leader in the IoT field, committed to Interoperability, and Open Standards. What do I mean when I say, “Digital Transformation” in utilities? I mean striving for all the benefits laid out above, and achieving them. If utilities are going to reverse declining (or flat) revenues, cope with an aging infrastructure, improve workforce efficiency and address new customer expectations, they need to digitally transform. Scot Wlodarczak, manager, industrial marketing, Cisco Systems. Technology 23 2.2018 industrial ethernet book


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