Public Utilities Fortnightly: Utilities Networking Privately

Public Utilities Fortnightly: Utilities Networking Privately

Two top utility execs leading the transformation to private broadband networks talk about their vision and companies’ progress, in this fast-paced video.Produced by PUF’s new video team, Impact the Debate Visually, this sixth program features San Diego Gas & Electric CEO Caroline Winn and Southern Linc CEO Tami Barron (at Southern Company). Moderated by PUF’s Alex Revel. Impact the Debate Visually is a new service of Public Utilities Fortnightly to inform the PUF community on the industry’s critical issues with the most innovative, engaging and impactful videos.

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Solution Partners Panel – The Elements That Enable Smart Grid

The smart grid is “smart” because it includes sensors, applications, and devices that use telecommunications, and computer intelligence to create, collect, analyze, and act upon data. The many exciting innovations coming on the market—innovations that are driving utilities’ digital transformations—depend upon these critical elements.

This session featured experts from the companies behind some of those innovations—Atomation, Hitachi, and LineVision— as they discussed the importance of these underlying elements that enable their game-changing products and services.

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FCC Certified Devices Panel – Devices Supporting Utility Grid Evolution

As utilities modernize their infrastructure to digitalize the grid, they become increasingly reliant upon digital technologies and devices. The device ecosystem must possess the depth, sophistication, and advanced capabilities necessary to support utility requirements.

This discussion featured experts from 4RF, Telit and General Electric and their conversation addressed how devices are evolving to meet utilities’ new communications needs, and how federal device certification is an important element of that evolution.

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Infrastructure Panel – Private LTE for Utilities – Investigating Secure Broadband Networks

As utilities work to deploy the next-generation of industrial-strength wireless connectivity based on LTE and 5G technologies, they will need to create private, secure, reliable, and resilient networks to support their grid modernization plans. Such transformation requires openness to new approaches, technologies and platforms supported by an ecosystem of vendors and products focused on utilities’ particular goals and challenges.

Ericsson, Motorola Solutions and Nokia have shown standards-based communications technologies previously reserved for major carrier deployments can be scaled to fit private utility networks.

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