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Top five ways to incorporate cloud at your utility

The utility industry is in the midst of significant transformation with new technology approaches facilitating agility and innovation while at the same time decreasing upfront investment risk. One of the these new technologies utilities around the world are turning to is the cloud. The cloud provides utilities with an attractive alternative to traditional, on-premise software […]

The digital utility revolution goes global

By Kate Rowland Kate Roland sat down for a short chat with Francois Vazille, Vice President, Oracle Utilities, JAPAC, about evolving smart grid technology and the emergence of the digital data-driven utility. Before we get into the devil of those details, let’s start with jargon and general concepts. We talk a lot in this industry […]

Fast data access, anywhere, anytime

For the modern utility, remote access to data from your water and wastewater treatment plants is an essential part of running an effective and efficient organisation. NHP understands that gaining a competitive advantage relies on your ability to provide real value to customers in a marketplace that offers increasing choice. Equipment that provides real-time and […]

Sky Muster II fully operational

Sky Muster II is now fully operational and sharing the load of its sister satellite as part of nbn’s performance improvement plans. nbn Chief Customer Officer, John Simon, said, “Following months of testing, Sky Muster™ II has been switched on, and is servicing Australians in some of the most remote places of the country.”   […]

Verification and supervision of communication networks for utility automation

Communication networks are an integral part of utility automation systems. With the increased usage of non-conventional instrument transformers and IEC 61850 protection devices, more and more critical information, like sampled values streams and GOOSE messages, are transmitted on these networks. All protection, automation, and control devices have to be online and communicating appropriately. Testing tools […]

Major upgrade to Rocklea substation

Powerlink will soon commence a  $21 million upgrade to its Rocklea Substation to build flood resilience.. Minister for Energy and Member for Yeerongpilly Mark Bailey said the major upgrade was needed after Rocklea Substation experienced major inundation in the 2011 floods. “Contingency plans and mitigation activities have occurred in recent years, and thankfully operations weren’t […]

The mobile workforce redefined

As utilities transform towards more connected and distributed grids, their mobile workforces must also transform. The results of a recent survey of North American utilities yielded a range of insights on the evolving utility mobile workforce, relevant not only to US utilities, but also those within Australia and elsewhere across the globe. Emerging technologies and […]

Smart meters – maturing in cyber security but still at risk?

By Garry Bentlin, National Director of Cyber Security, Deloitte, and Roger Jeffrey, Consulting Partner, Deloitte Energy & Resources Data security is a critical focus area for modern, digital utilities, with smart meters at the frontline for potential attack. Garry Bentlin and Roger Jeffrey outline the key risks utilities need to consider when it comes to […]

Asset management for critical infrastructure: the cornerstone of modern life

Managers of critical infrastructure, such as water, electricity, and transport networks, have more tools available to them than ever before to ensure safe and efficient operation. At the same time, public and government expectations regarding the management of these assets, and delivery of their critical services have never been higher. Technology moves at a rapid […]

OECD report raises NBN questions

A new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has highlighted a number of questions concerning the nbn rollout. Economic Survey of Australia 2017 found that across the OECD distribution, broadband prices are relatively high and penetration is low, most notably at higher speeds. For example, according to OECD data Australia has […]

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