Drivers of Next Level Network Automation

Posted by Matias Almeida Garzon

by Matias Almeida Garzon

In recent years utilities and suppliers have been charged with the difficult task of accelerating the digitalisation of power grids. In many aspects, the challenge requires a lot of collaboration from both parties to find the most suitable solutions.

Cisco Internet of Things recently hosted an online webinar focusing on the main topics related to next-level network automation fundamentals and the company’s validated designs. Burns & McDonnell, an infrastructure company, also provided valuable feedback on energy operations.

All things short, there is a major lesson to learn from the talk. Rolling out the next generation of automated networks depends on the #speed and #accuracy of the system’s processes. It is no secret the automation of OT operations represents a new area that applies a lot of pressure on the existing infrastructure, mainly because a significant number of legacy equipment is not suitable for digitalisation at all.

The solution is not simple. It will require large sums of investment in new equipment and personnel training. The value lies in generating an ecosystem based on repeatable-quality reliability that can be closely monitored from a centralised view.

There is another layer of complexity as the number of end-point grows exponentially with the integration of solar panels, EV charging and other applications.

The company has continuously developed network solutions products for this purpose. The Cisco SD-WAN and the DNA Centre provide operators with enhanced capabilities for managing and optimising network connectivity.

As this solution, many others available on the market incorporate IEC 61850 applications, raising the value of the standard in the long term. At Smart Grid Forums, registration is open for our #IEC61850 fundamentals online training programme. Participants will receive a certificate on completing 12 modules and taking a final exam.

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➡️Watch the Webinar’s recording here: