Utilities are facing new challenges every day, from budget cuts to information overload, productivity concerns, excessive equipment downtime, and more. And while the Internet of Things presents the opportunity to address many of these challenges, utilities must adopt a whole new approach in order to achieve the full benefits.
Even understanding the Internet of Things and how it applies to utilities and energy companies is a challenge. Utilities may be further ahead than other industries with the advent of the smart grid, but now they are trying to figure out how best to manage big data and make the cases for even more IoT connections.
Two events in Chicago the first week of November will delve into the reality of IoT and how to ensure robust IoT devices and systems, create powerful business cases, and achieve measurable success with the Internet of Things.
Author Jeremy Rifkin, New York's top regulator Audrey Zibelman and thought leaders from across the energy sector will head up the Empowering Customers and Cities event, November 1-2 at the Swissotel in Chicago. Stay tuned for more details.
That event will be co-located with the IoT Emerge conference that will cover industrial IoT, smart buildings and energy, IoT engineering, and IoT security.
Utility decision makers will be particularly interested in the following sessions at IoT Emerge:
IoT Risk to the Power Grid
Thursday, November 3, 2016: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Examine the intersection of the IoT and SCADA systems as they relate to the security of our power grid. Learning objectives include understanding the relationship of the IoT and the security of the power grid, understand how industrial control systems (SCADA) which are connected to the public Internet play a mission critical role in comprising and supporting the power grid, understanding the vulnerabilities inherent in devices (things) which are remotely controlled via the public Internet, understand potential remediation to counter public Internet threats to SCADA devices that are key components of the power grid. Curtis Levinson, United States Cyber Defense Advisor to NATO, will be speaking as well as Jennifer Smith Esq, CIPP, of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, PA.
Keynote: Hacking the Future
Wednesday, November 2, 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Notorious hacker, innovator and futurist Pablos Holman straddles the two disparate worlds of breaking and building new technologies. With deep insights into the mindsets and motivations of both breakers and builders, Pablos believes that concerns about getting hacked are crippling progress and stifling innovation today. He will share his vision.
ComEd’s Bold Pursuit of C&I Energy Efficiency
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Since 2008, ComEd has paid out over $330 million in energy efficiency incentives to commercial and industrial customers, generating over $240 million per year in annual savings for businesses of all sizes. The rapid growth of technologies that collect and analyze building performance data is enabling ComEd to help its customers go beyond equipment upgrades to seek deep savings through better energy management. This panel will discuss the use of data analytics in driving energy efficiency, and present stories from customers who have successfully used these tools in their facilities - and how your organization can leverage them too.
IoT Emerge, Nov. 2-4, 2016, at McCormick Place in Chicago, will feature 35+ IoT expert speakers, more than 30 sessions, four keynote addresses, three co-located partner events, two days of sessions and one day of tours and an exciting expo floor. Enjoy two-days of sessions, case studies, workshops and more Nov 2 & 3, and one day of tours on Nov 4.
Take advantage of special discounts for The Energy Times andTransmission & Distribution World readers.
Register now, using the following discount codes:
20% Discount off IoT Emerge Conference or Extreme Passes: IOTE20-BLDGS16
Complementary Expo Pass: IOTEBLDEXPO