Utility companies are responsible for managing the infrastructure that provides vital services to communities, including electricity, gas and water. The following key drivers are bringing about a significant and disruptive transformation in the utility industry: sustainability, availability, and security of supply, market liberalization, and competition. Looking exclusively at electricity and gas distribution and supply, there are two areas in which IT will play a major role: electricity grid operations and energy retailers.
ELKO offers all products necessary to build complete solutions, e.g. industrial Ethernet switches, industrial computers, serial-to-ethernet servers, and gateways.
One of the most popular utilities automation is power! Smart grid is often considered the first example of the Internet of Things (IoT), e.g. smart grid, substation automation, and smart meters. Power automation helps to maintain precise control of load management devices to offer superior demand response. Facilities that use distributed energy storage technologies to store clean, renewable energy created onsite can pump excess power back into the electric grid during off-peak periods. All this results in cost-effectiveness first.
Smart electricity distribution system, or smart grid, is a prime example of automation in utilities sector. Ever-growing Internet of Things (IoT) allows two-way communication between individual smart grid components that significantly improves reaction time to address disruptions and outages. Another important benefit of automation is higher precision of sensing and measuring technologies that also prevents human error factor. Electricity providers, that actively use automated smart grid systems, report noticeable improvements in terms of service quality and cost effectiveness.
One of the biggest concerns with growing popularity of the IoT and automation is data security and cyber-attacks. This is why ELKO focuses not only on hardware but also on services as well, e.g. consultations, audits and security project developments to ensure our partners and end-users safety against cyber-attacks.
ELKO provides expertise working closely with such vendors like MOXA, Lanner, and Advantech, who have huge experience in the utilities industry. ELKO helps to make a whole solution system choosing products from different brands to find the right one for individual client needs.
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