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Posted By: pradeep pathak - Consultant, Infosys Ltd.
On: April 2, 2014
Introduction Communication Systems are used in automation to pass data between device level (sensors, actuators, transducers etc.) and control level (PLC's, RTU's, IED's etc.), between different control level devices, or between control level and supervisory level (SCADA). These data are then used for operator interface, data processing and storage. Communication  more...
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Posted By: Kimberly Klemm
On: February 3, 2014
Utility data communications are facing some important changes as the world of networking communications evolves. According to "intelligentutility" author Kathleeen Wolf Davis, "In late 2012 91% of international utilities said they used fiber to connect SCADA (supervisory control and stat acquisitions) to at least some substations." There are many options  more...
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Posted By: Gal Luft - Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, Senior Adviser, United States Energy Security Council
On: October 7, 2013
Ten years ago, every city between Detroit and Ottawa, including New York, turned dark in what became known as the Northeast blackout of 2003, the most severe power outage to ever occur in the industrialized world. For the next four days the lives of 50 million Americans and Canadians were  more...
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Posted By: Michael John - Solutions Manager, Elster
On: November 29, 2012
As European countries move closer to wide-scale adoption of Smart Metering technology, the need for a co-ordinated approach among product vendors, solution designers, communication technologists and individual utilities has never been clearer. If diverse technologies are to work together seamlessly, then standards for various aspects of the optimal system design  more...
Posted By: Jeff VanZwol - Marketing Advisor, Purcell Systems, Inc.
On: November 13, 2012
Introduction The communications system -- which may include SCADA equipment, transceivers, and backup batteries - affiliated with a utility's Transmission and Distribution lines will require protection from the elements, thermal management to maintain the proper operating temperature ranges, and security to prevent malicious access and tampering. In many cases, the  more...
Posted By: Eedo Lifshitz - Director of Utilities and Smart Grids, Alvarion
On: April 17, 2012
Maturing communications technology is playing an integral role in the advancement of today's smart grid infrastructure and enabling utilities and municipalities to generate and distribute power, as well as deliver new services and applications that connect to the home. But as network traffic increases to meet the demands for high  more...
Posted By: Ernest Hayden - Managing Principal, Verizon Business
On: July 28, 2011
In the April/May 2011 edition of Intelligent Utility Magazine, there was an interesting article about the Salt River Project electric utility and its focus on data loss prevention -- otherwise called DLP. The key points raised by the article were primarily focused on recognition that risk management is a necessary  more...
Posted By: Kurt Johnson - VP of Strategy & Corp. Development, Courion
On: July 20, 2011
A recent audit by the Department of Energy's inspector general, as reported in a recent Wired Magazine article, found that the official government cyber-security standards for the electrical power grid, set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), "fall far short of even the most basic security standards observed by  more...
Posted By: Sambit Bisoi - Technology Lead, Infosys Technologies Ltd.
On: July 14, 2011
Abstract Smart grids have intelligent monitoring devices, which frequently transmit the customers' power usage information to the utility containing information like which appliances were in use, their frequency of usage, time of usage, consumption amount, carbon footprint, heat production etc. These are vital information pertaining to the privacy of the  more...
Posted By: Alberto Ramirez Orquin , Vanessa Ramirez
On: March 15, 2011
Different from the past, the upcoming cycle-24 solar maximum is currently surrounded by an unprecedented general expectation. Indeed the so-called solar tsunami has now come to the forefront of interest turning into a household word; what for decades was strictly a scientific matter has now transcended this dominion to fall  more...

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High profile intrusions and physical attacks against substations have spurred a lot of discussion about physical security resulting in a FERC directive, for NERC to propose new physical security standards from NERC. A holistic approach to security has been proven more...



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