It is critical to keep a network and gadgets safe so that no one can cause havoc on the system. One should ensure a safe start by identifying and mapping out all of one's assets in order to develop the best security plan for one's network.
Fremont, CA: Each day, almost 6 billion gallons of treated water are lost in the United States due to leaking pipes. Furthermore, toxins from aging pipes or pollution might enter the water system unexpectedly and unwittingly, putting users in danger. Water systems are getting more difficult to manage as assets are dispersed across vast physical footprints.
As infrastructure is upgraded, utilities can use Internet of Things (IoT) technology to make water management more effective and safer for consumers and staff. These smart gadgets and sensors can assist with real-time data collecting and alert to prevent issues from arising and lessen the workload on workers responsible for physically inspecting every inch of infrastructure.
Securely Integrating New Devices
It is critical to keep a network and gadgets safe so that no one can cause havoc on the system. One should ensure a safe start by identifying and mapping out all of one's assets in order to develop the best security plan for one's network. Because a single forgotten item might expose, the entire network, both old and new devices should be recognized as in-place or required. One should isolate the network into different zones to limit the danger of an attack spreading throughout the network. Real-time threat detection and alarms can be embedded into the network, allowing one's IT team to be notified of vulnerabilities or threats and resolve them promptly.
Utilities should consider operational efficiency when installing more devices, as the amount of data collected will grow tremendously. Because not all utilities are created equal, add IoT devices that will have the biggest impact on one's network and consumers, whether that be operational efficiency, public safety, public awareness, or any other issue critical to one's specific goals.
Processing Data at the Edge
The deployment of new IoT devices throughout the infrastructure landscape will generate a vast amount of fresh data to collect and evaluate. Moving this data to the business or cloud can be a time-consuming and expensive procedure, and it can also delay the processing and alerting of critical data for triggering a quick response to a possible hazard.
Intelligence should be incorporated at the point of collection to reduce total network costs and speed up data processing. This is known as edge computing, and it allows for many types of autonomous operations to run across the system. Utilities can improve real-time data analysis by programming devices or infrastructure to follow predefined criteria and perform specified actions based on the data output. This is critical for remote pieces of infrastructure and devices that aid in preventive maintenance so that concerns can be identified and addressed as soon as possible. For utilities with bigger footprints, this form of automation can provide various benefits. It also enables collecting detailed insights for ongoing infrastructure enhancements and the expansion of infrastructure to other locations.