How AWS and 5G enable tomorrow’s digital electric grid

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In 2017, Gartner reported that advanced metering infrastructure was passing through the “Trough of Disillusionment” in its hype cycle for smart grid technology.

The utility field area networks were beginning to climb the “Slope of Enlightenment” and perhaps have plateaued in productivity. A few important lessons were learned in the process.

First, all systems consume the available bandwidths of these purpose-built networks within first few years with no economic scope of improved functional performance.

Second, the data silos of metering systems and meter data systems add to the lack of ability to democratise the data across various functions of utilities.

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In many cases, this has resulted in these systems only providing operational improvements to the meter-to-cash cycle. While the smart meters have remained capable to provide the functions needed to accrue operational benefits, the ability to share and analyse data among various silos have stymied any widespread successes.

This subject was addressed in a previous blog, where the need to establish data lakes, hydrated with meter data, Geographic Information System (GIS) data, and other operational data at one place in the hyperscaled environment of cloud was discussed.

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