The Smart Grid includes millions of advanced meters, sensors, remote terminal units (RTUs), phasor measurement units (PMUs), fault indicators, and intelligence that enables the two-way flow of information and electricity. The promise of Smart Grid is to deliver higher transmission transfer capacity, integration of intermittent renewable energy sources, more efficient and effective maintenance practices, faster outage restoration, better workforce management and more visibility into consumption combined with value-added services for consumers.
Challenges within the utility space are intensifying exponentially. Meeting demand and supply is only the tip of the iceberg; Managing compliance, sustaining efficient security posture without bearing an effect on neither availability nor the operational environment has seized precedent. As the utility infrastructure becomes increasingly mission critical to today’s businesses and consumers, it is important to maintain continuity of service, while continuing to drive additional security efficiency into the utility operations.