Advanced technology raises bars of cybersecurity and protections in the utility industry by introducing inter-connected web-based products and applications.
FREMONT, CA: Today, technology influences various industries by offering integrated digital solutions. As innovative products and web applications experience rapid industrial adoptions in the utility sector, cyber-attacks and utility network failures also increase. Innovative solutions offered by artificial intelligence, data analytics, blockchain, and more help to secure the utility companies' operational infrastructure. Utility providers face significant challenges in protecting utility data and minimizing the risk of cyber intrusions and utility misuses. Powered by emerging technologies, the utility industry streamlines the organizations' operations across the inter-connected network that develops transparency in the network participants subjected to trading or cyber activities.
Cloud computing offers numerous benefits to the utility industry, in terms of optimizing operations, creating seamless communication across organizations, and developing intelligent and highly secure platforms. The idea of utilizing cloud-based solutions for the utility industry has encouraged new possibilities and facilities. Cloud integration in the utility projects can deliver reliable energy services, measure performance, provide resources, and secure utility generations and trading details. Cloud serves as a common and highly protected platform to perform web-based operations, including safe channels to communicate with different departments of an organization, share reports, access valuable information quickly and track reports of business growth.
Cloud services offer precise authorizations for customers and service providers and secure user's account details, activities, and energy usage. Cloud builds a detailed audit trail, web activities for reporting policy compliance, and restricts non-compliant activities. Installation of smart sensors in the utility fields connected with cloud network can provide control over the production and distribution system. The sensor installation increases the organizations' ability to identify and detect any malicious activities in real-time and contributes to improving operational efficiency.
Technologies like smart meters and smart grids continue to gain popularity among utility providers. With the increasing demands and usage, utilities tend to identify the modern age threats of energy theft and illegal usages. Utility providers look for high-tech solutions and integrated security services to stay alert and efficiently manage consumer demands. The smart metering system connects with the network participated by energy users' appliances and energy providing companies. The closed network efficiently transmits data of energy usage and utilization from smart grids, allowing both the customers and providers to control unnecessary energy flow and identifying any malicious energy activities.
Advanced algorithms and computerized control systems empower utility companies to manage electric grids efficiently. Intelligent automated solutions aim to balance the provided power by plants and prevent interconnected power lines from getting overloaded. The integrated algorithms in the system can use solutions to track the power flow manipulations, adjust unauthorized power generation activities, and prevent unnecessary power production. Utility industry recognizes the current challenges related to cyber threats that can cause severe damage to utilities network and infrastructure. In order to secure utility productions and existing distribution networks, utility service providers take measures like encrypting communications between consumers and utility distribution units and tracking accurate details and information of any utility trading.
Utility innovations provide greater control and security to complex utility infrastructure and services. The implementation of latest and smart applications can upgrade the over-all operational system by enabling the industry to access new opportunities and focus on developing innovations. The high-tech utility infrastructure brings more certainty and creates secure communication channels into industry operations.