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Smart City/Smart Utility content features highlights from Black & Veatch's 2016 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility report including subject matter expert insights, survey response trends and in-depth commentary on current industry issues.

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Communications Network is the Foundation of Smarter Cities and Smarter Grids
The future of electric utilities is tightly bound to their ability to provide automated distribution of electric services. To support these evolving intelligent delivery systems, reliable high performance Internet Protocol (IP) data communications are required. Today’s utility communications networks consist of two distinct parts: Information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT),...
Mar 15, 2017 11:00 AM ET
Smarter Public Safety Communication Systems Are Critical to the Evolution of Cities
As the communication technologies leveraged by the public safety sector advance, the intersection with smart city initiatives becomes all the more inevitable. Technological advances afforded by broadband long-term evolution (LTE) networks have changed how first responders, city and county officials, public agencies and transportation fleets communicate and gather data to better serve their...
Mar 10, 2017 9:00 AM ET
In Africa, Natural Events and Surging Demand Place New Spotlight on Microgrids
The impact of natural disasters on power grid resilience is increasingly gaining attention worldwide. Adapting lessons learned from high-profile incidents that have occurred elsewhere for the African continent, where energy supply is already intermittent, may provide...
Mar 6, 2017 9:00 AM ET
For Smart Cities, What Comes First? The Budget or the Plan?
Strained budgets may be holding back many municipalities whose leaders understand the benefits of smart city systems but lack the money to support them. Yet, a question is emerging that potentially turns that notion on its head: How can a city know what it can’t afford until it identifies what it needs? The story of smart city system adoption is almost always a...
Feb 22, 2017 9:00 AM ET
Grid Modernization: Utility 2.0 has arrived, but it brings opportunity and caution
For years, utilities have struggled to define the more responsive operational systems and customer-centric performance models that would trumpet the arrival of Utility 2.0. Lacking a singular event marking the shift, it seems more likely a steady, incremental advance through technology deployments, analytics and a focus on customer engagement represents the path towards a continually evolving...
Feb 15, 2017 9:00 AM ET