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Utility analytics fall into the umbrella of big data

By Donna Donnowitz
May 22, 2014

When considering optimization of smart grid efforts and overall utility analytics, energy providers need to consider the same factors as firms focusing on big data. According to SmartGridNews, the same influencers - volume, velocity, variety, veracity and value - come into play, as well as a new "V," visualization. These identifiers also become questions for utilities, helping them to recognize their current capability for grid analytics, and the potential growth of their smart grid infrastructure.

When focusing on improving smart grid efforts and streamlining the growth of reliable, clean and efficient energy, utilities need to look at the grid they currently have in place. Can it handle the volume of data they need to assess consumers needs? Is the hardware in place to make data transmission and communication over the network easy, supporting the broader variety of data that firms will be receiving? These factors are critical, and may require investments into serial to Ethernet converters and similar hardware to optimize the grid.

Of the six "V's" that utilities have to consider, visualization may be the most important. The ability to visualize how data sets and their resulting insights will affect future deployments and investments is critical, allowing firms to leverage their smart grid technologies for greater gains and make smarter investments in new technologies. From Ethernet I/O to other more advanced infrastructure hardware, utilities have to make the right decision to continue improving their grid, rather than making it more complex, and high-clarity insights will be essential.

Smart grids are utility providers' main access to customer information, driving the big data trend in this industry. Proper utilization of these tools and investments into analytics and the hardware necessary to facilitate real-time access to data are essential for success and the continued growth of this sector. Without the right tools, firms will fall short of customer expectations and the competition, risking their own success rather than making smart investments early on.

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