Smart City/Smart Utility

Smart City/Smart Utility

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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Leaders Opting for Dual Paths to Smart City Development
Adoption of smart city initiatives appears to be dividing most city governments into two camps – those that opt for incremental add-on or pilot programs, and those that pursue some form of root-level master planning. There are advantages and disadvantages to each course. According to the 2016 Black & Veatch ...
Jun 28, 2016 3:30 PM ET
Utilities Progressively Move Toward Automation Programs to Boost Reliability
Old and obsolete equipment and lack of integration of automation into the overall enterprise – coupled with reliability mandates – have created an environment ripe for the adoption of distribution automation and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) programs for utilities. Some 62 percent of utilities responding to Black & Veatch’s 2016 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart...
Jun 23, 2016 4:00 PM ET
Utilities Can Better Secure Customer Relationships by Offering More Distributed Energy Resources
As falling costs for distributed energy resources reduce the barriers to entry, new players like solar and battery storage developers are establishing relationships with utility customers. This is raising new concerns that without action, utilities will lose their cherished one-to-one customer relationship. In response, some utilities are offering utility-owned rooftop solar in direct...
Jun 21, 2016 2:00 PM ET
Utilities Show Growing Interest in Drone Technology
The interest in drone technology by electric, water and natural gas utilities is growing at a rapid pace, and this relatively new application for utilities seems positioned to eventually become a best practice as the usage is woven into more projects. According to Black & Veatch’s 2016 Strategic Directions:...
Jun 16, 2016 5:00 PM ET
Cities Are ‘Smartening Up’ for the Future with IoT
The Internet of Things (IoT) – the concept that all devices that can be connected will be connected – is starting to take root in cities in various parts of the globe. IoT is being used to better manage energy, water, transportation and safety – but what exactly does this look like in first-adopter cities? One result is that better resource management is being combined with more...
Jun 15, 2016 12:40 PM ET

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