As the world’s leading utilities are moving towards reliance on smart grid, those utilities now face a new challenge of dealing with tremendous amounts of data generated by that smart grid. Those challenges come into play mainly in terms of data storage, data processing, data analysis, and data security.
This is where big data analytics technologies can be of use. Simply put, big data analytics performing is the complete process of identifying the dots, connecting the dots, telling you what pictures the dots make up and recommend what you should do about it. When considering the amount of bits of information that flow from smart grid, this is quite impressive, and it is dramatically different than the existing data collecting technologies which settle for the first phase only.
The benefits for employing big data analytics technologies are obvious. For instance, big data analytics improves the utility’s efficiency by making the grid more reliable, thereby saving money and human resources on maintenance.
Taking it one step further, big data analytics can detect consumer trends and behaviors from which the utility can draw conclusions on how to adjust its’ operation in order to meet consumer demands more optimally. Big data analytics can also identify in real time safety hazards and security threats to the grid.
EGM’s Meta-AlertTM System provides a holistic answer to utilities’ need for big data analytics. The system collects the data through sensors placed on the grid, it then transmits the data to the central command which processes and integrates it and finally generates a set of insights for the utility’s use.