09/15/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/15/2020 13:19
From aging infrastructure and coping with natural disasters, to an increased desire to incorporate renewables and optimize the network, utilities and communities continue to adapt to the macro effects in play today. Now more than ever, we have a collective opportunity to find new ways to innovate and demonstrate resiliency through technology.
In the midst of these times, the pace of analytical and technological advancement has continued to increase, and there are early indications that the impacts of the pandemic may be positive for the energy sector in the long-term. Utilities and cities are seeing first-hand the importance of employing modern communication networks and technologies like distributed intelligence to help understand and respond to unpredictable conditions.
To explore these trends, Itron recently collaborated with Zpryme to ask leading utilities and cities around the world about the role that Industrial IoT (IIoT) and other networking technologies will play in their modernization strategies.
Here are the top five trends we found:
With an intelligently connected IIoT network, communities can be equipped to better understand, prepare and respond to unforeseen events. A network that is designed to leverage the right combinations of many communications technologies - such as RF mesh, Wi-Fi, cellular, fiber and PLC -optimizes performance, improves security and is more cost-effective to support a diverse range of use cases in energy, water and smart cities.
Download our Top 5 Network Trends Infographic or dive deeper into our research in our new interactive infographic regarding utilities' and cities' network vision and investment strategies for the next decade.