Information Technology

  • Jan 21, 2015 | Jason Larson
    While Industrial Control System (ICS) vendors are quite practiced at finding and fixing implementation bugs, many have minimal experience with design bugs. In the near future, we can expect the attacker community to leverage this weakness, as it did with earlier technologies.
  • Jan 12, 2015 | Steve Ehrlich
    We expect utility services to be everywhere we are: charging our electronics in airports, flame-grilling our meals in restaurants, and filling drinking fountains in our public parks. To provide this level of service and convenience, utilities build networks of wires and pipes and communications channels that for the typical utility total in the tens of thousands of miles. Because of their ubiquity and importance, utilities face challenges in securing these networks from physical and cyber attack.
  • Dec 03, 2014 | Gordon Feller
    There's much debate about the potential value of the Internet of Things (IoT). But what is it really?
  • Dec 02, 2014 | Joyce Tam
    When a public works truck recently broke down in blizzard conditions during snow removal in a suburb of Boston, dispatchers knew exactly where to find the vehicle. That's because the public works department uses fleet management with telematics that tracks the progress of their fleet and crew in the field.
  • Nov 24, 2014 | James Mater
    Let's begin under the premise that you (end-user, utility, aggregator, etc.) want to acquire technology from different vendors, specify the communications interface between products and have all such products install and work together easily and quickly (similar to adding a new printer to your PC - sometimes it's called "plug and play").
  • Oct 29, 2014 | Brian O'Connell
    An urban area that creates sustainable economic development and high quality of life along with a wise management of natural resources requires investment in infrastructure and technology. Such smart cities will rely on networks of sensors in everything from parking spaces to heating and cooling systems. And while most of the attention has been on sensors and software for interpreting masses of smart city data, a smart city isn't so smart if the physical network breaks down.
  • What’s the state of data on the wires?

    Oct 19, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We asked Miroslav Begovic, president of IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and professor of electric energy research at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, this question. His answer may surprise you.

  • Oct 07, 2014 | Michelle Goldsmith
    Disruptive technologies, or disruptive innovations, are those technological advances that fundamentally change a market or industry, often by displacing an existing technology.
  • Sep 22, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Webb loves strategy and rapid change, making his CIO gig perfect for him. We talk about what the industry is doing right, what it's doing wrong and his advice for weathering all of it. 

  • Sep 17, 2014 | Steve Driver
    Geographic remoteness and poor connectivity mean many electricity generators encounter issues when attempting to keep remote sites or workers up-to-date with essential data.
  • Part of the women-in-energy article series

    Aug 14, 2014 | Staff Writer

    In this latest installment of our women-in-energy article series, we talk to Deidrea A. Miller, strategic communications manager focused on web and social media management for the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

  • Aug 12, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this second installment of C-suite Insider, we spoke with Val Jensen, senior vice president (SVP) with ComEd, a man who thinks he has “the best job around.”

  • Aug 05, 2014 | Kai Hui
    A utility with two million smart meters in the field is inundated with approximately 750 million data elements each day - that's almost twice as many data elements as there are tweets floating around the global Twittersphere on a daily basis.
  • Jun 25, 2014 | Bill Meehan

    Bill Meehan, director of utility solutions at esri, writes about the worst assignment of his working life and the lessons you can learn from his experience to use within your own company.

  • Jun 23, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We asked four current and former CIOs the question in this headline. Here are their insights, with input from David Harkness with Xcel Energy; Reid Nuttall, former CIO at OG&E; Branndon Kelley from American Municipal Power and Jim Jones of Great River Energy.

  • Jun 21, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    A year ago, I really thought this headline was the truth, but today I have a different viewpoint. I see the value. So, we’ve made an investment in social media at Intelligent Utility, as the power industry itself is starting to do—from utilities discussing outages and interns to companies revealing outlooks and the Internet of Things. Come take a look at this changing communication tool.

  • Jun 09, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Dale Harber, executive vice president of global marketing at Sensus, discusses the answers to three basic analytics questions: How do I collect data? How do I analyze data? And, how do I turn data into actionable insights?

  • Jun 06, 2014 | Harry Stephens
    Almost every company today has access to considerable quantities of sensitive information regarding their customers. As a result, it has become critical to have the proper controls in place that fully protect customer data and company information. Even the slightest data breach can lead to irreparable damage to a company's reputation, as well as leading to lawsuits or regulatory fines.