The Internet of Everything (IoE) – bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – is accelerating the pace of digital transformation.
This new age of the digital economy presents unprecedented challenges for all CEOs and business leaders. In today’s dynamic business environment, enterprises are under more pressure than ever to drive business outcomes. Innovation, ability to quickly adapt to new challenges and market conditions, as well as proficient leverage of new technologies are all critical in determining success. In addition, the IT landscape is evolving with more connected and mobile endpoints, the growth of application based services, and the need to collect, analyze and utilize an explosion of data. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Certifications, Digital transformation, Internet of Everything, IoE, IoT, IoT Certification, Tejas Vashi, The Internet of Things
With just under two million customers, BC Hydro is deploying the first standards based multi-services in production FAN network with IPv6 802.15.4/RPL mesh to manage the Automated Metering Infrastructure(AMI), Distribution Automation(DA) and other advanced gird applications.
The design is based on Cisco’s Connected Grid Solution utilizing Cisco’s Field Area Router (CGR) and standards based Smart Meter Field Area Network (FAN) technologies and Itron OpenWay® CENTRON® smart meter as well as Itron’s meter data management, collection engine and reporting software.
BC Hydro is fast moving to build an IPv6 network able of supporting 2 Million routable IPV6 addresses in a secure, resilient, and manageable way.
BC Hydro has 41 Dam sites, 30 Hydro facilities and 9 Thermal units and, from a transmission perspective, has 18,000 km of Transmission lines 260 substations, and 22,000 steel towers!
On top of that, BC Hydro has 56,000 km of Distribution lines Approx. 900K poles, over 300K of transformers that serve 17 Non-integrated areas.
The area covered by BC Hydro is equal to the area of California, Oregon and Washington state combined. Impressed/? You will be…
OK, enough of the numbers. So what about the business? Well, the idea is to do three things, according to Fiona Taylor, director of BC Hydro’s smart metering program, who discussed results reported in an Itron Press Release
“We are pleased with all the accomplishments to date and the benefits we are already seeing, including  streamlined operations,  improved system visibility, and  revenue recovery. We look forward to realizing the full benefits of the IPv6 network architecture in 2014.”
By way of history, under a mandate from the British Columbia government to implement AMI, BC Hydro awarded Itron and Cisco a $270 million contract for smart meters and networking, Gary Murphy, chief project officer for smart metering at BC Hydro, told Smart Grid Today in 2011 (SGT, 2011-Aug-10).
That brings us to a key part of the customer solution. Itron. Itron is a partner of Cisco, and together we have developed some of the most innovative metering solutions for energy customers.
Also, Itron and Cisco are helping to break down silos in the Energy industry infrastructure. There is real added-value in adopting a standards-based approach to smart metering and smart grid. You can read about it in the white paper here.
A couple of the objectives of the partnership deliver direct value to our customers:
- Deliver true multi-service, multi-application (applications from metering to grid to workforce) capabilities over a common network infrastructure with standardized and robust security that any utility can implement.
- Optimize the total cost of ownership of these networks by spreading the cost over a greater number of grid applications and devices.
The way forward is clear. And foggy. That’s because Cisco is delivering its vision of Fog Computing to accelerate value from billions of connected devices – meters included! More about that next time when I talk about how Cisco IOx enables applications to run directly at the network edge to overcome rising operational costs and spark new innovations in the Internet of Things.
Until next time – keep the power on!
Tags: BC Hydro, Canada; smartgrid, IoT, The Internet of Things, utilities
So, in my last blog, I pointed out that Manufacturers, and particularly car makers, will be driving the Internet of Things (IoT) by incorporating standard networks into their machines. I also indicated that evolving the standards is going to be critical to that adoption.
Applying standard networks (by that I mean Ethernet, IP, TCP/UDP, 802.11/WiFi, etc.) machines is going to be a distinctly different than the networking of computers, phones and the plethora of tablets and handheld devices that has driven the Internet and standard networks to date. Read More »
Tags: 802.11, automation, Control engineers, convergence, Ethernet to the factory, Factory, IEEE 1588, Industrial Automation, Industrial Intelligence, IoT, machine, Manufacturing, Precision Time Protocol, PTP, QoS, sensors, The Internet of Things, wifi
I don’t watch too much TV, but I did take some time this weekend between my honey-do’s and soccer transport tasks to keep up with bay area football – it was a good weekend for that. As expected, there were plenty of car ads. I was struck by how the high-end auto manufacturers are really focusing on “intelligent” cars – competing in fact. Cars are now aware of their surroundings (obstacle sensing), aware of their driver (attention assist), able to call emergency assistance, making lots of decisions every second and richly communicating with its driver … or maybe more appropriately stated “passenger”:
These are really smart cars, and they are getting smarter. It is foreseeable now to imagine automated driving making the driver a true passenger. Read More »
Tags: 2012 M Class, 802.11n, Auto makers, Borderless Networks, Cisco, Control engineers, convergence, Industrial Intelligence, IoT, machine, Manufacturing, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedez, OEE, operational excellence, PTP, RPL, SUV, The Internet of Things