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Securing Your Smart Meter Networks Against A Cyber Attack at the European Smart Grid Cyber Security 2016

SMi Group Repots: Adrian Page, DCC Readiness Manager, Smart Metering Customer Programme, E.ON UK will attend SMi’s European Smart Grid Cyber Security Conference to discuss E.ON smart metering customer programme – a business perspective.

In his exclusive presentation Adrian Page will take a closer look at the core commitments E.ON made when commencing their smart roll out programme. He will discover why security and data privacy is included and how to spread the message.

Furthermore, conference will cover topics such as  existing technology that can be adapted to provide smart meter security (Smart Energy Networks Ltd) and UK smart metering – ensuring the cyber security of meter data exchange (CGI IT UK Ltd).

Auditory will benefit from an interactive panel session entitled: “Securing Your Smart Meter Networks Against A Cyber Attack” and will be able to discover best practices in combatting against a breach and evaluate considerations in mitigating risks.

2016 Event Highlights include:

  • The evolving regulatory standards and how to make your company compliant
  • Overcoming communication issues between IT and OT departments
  • The newest technological developments in cyber security
  • Cyber security case studies from an array of European utilities

The Confirmed Speaker Panel for 2016 includes:

  • Stephen Daniels, Strategic Business Advisor, Cyber Security Practice, CGI
  • Graham Wright, Head of Global Digital Risk & Security & CISO, National Grid
  • Mauriche Kroos, Security Officer, CIO Office, Enexis
  • Giovanni Coppolla, Product Manager, Enel
  • Roelof Klein, System Engineer/ Consultant, Alliander
  • Joe Dauncey, Chair, Energy Networks Association Cyber Security Group, Head of Information Risk & Security, SSE
  • Thomas Rütting, Managing Director, Metering, Vattenfall Europe Metering GmbH
  • Professor Tim Watson, Director, Cyber Security Centre, WMG, University of Warwick

Running alongside the conference will be an exclusive half-day post-conference workshop entitled ‘Making Information Security Work for Your Organisation’ led by Steven Watkins, Director, IT Governance Ltd.

For more information or to register visit the event website at www.smartgridcybersecurity.co.uk

For sponsorship opportunities contact Sadia Malick on +44 (0) 20 7827 6748 or email: smalick@smi-online.co.uk

For delegate enquires or to register contact James Hitchen on +44(0) 20 7827 6054 or e-mail: jhitchen@smi-online.co.uk

Customized Energy Solutions Acquires Powerit — Enhancing Demand Response Services

Customized Energy Solutions (“CES”) today announced that it has acquired Powerit Solutions, an advanced demand management company that helps businesses reduce energy costs while meeting corporate sustainability goals through renewable integration. With this acquisition, CES enhances its CES|GREEN Demand Response services for suppliers, aggregators and engineering customers by integrating one of the industry’s most sophisticated load control systems into a new offering called CES|PowerGREEN.

“Donsco has operated with an integrated CES demand response service in our PowerIt Spara software for over 6 years. The PowerIt control software has become a vital component of our plant operations and energy savings across the entire business enterprise. Having CES manage the entire platform ensures the continued success of our energy management system and a future of optimization and upgrades.” Chris Buck, VP Operations, Donsco Inc.

Traditional power provision follows a take it or leave it approach with consumers either using power and paying the price according to a utility rate or avoiding using energy altogether. Demand Response changes this dynamic by providing access to wholesale markets and rates, enabling consumers to use and pay for power in a way that respects their operational constraints while limiting the cost. By acquiring Powerit and its Spara Demand Management technology, CES augments its existing services with the ability to see individual facility loads on customer systems and control them according to their operational constraints and value — a feature which has helped Powerit’s customers save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

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Smart Grid, Battery/Storage and Efficiency Companies Raise $1.7 Billion in 2015

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid, Battery/Storage and Energy Efficiency sectors.

Smart Grid

Venture capital (VC) funding (including private equity and corporate venture capital) for Smart Grid companies increased slightly to $425 million in 57 deals, compared to $384 million in 74 deals in 2014. Total corporate funding, including debt and public market financing, equaled $527 million, compared to $844 million in 2014.

The Top VC funded company in 2015 was SIGFOX, bringing in $115 million. Actility brought in $25 million followed by PubNub with $20 million, Smart Wires with $17.3 million and Bit Stew Systems with $17.2 million.

There were 103 VC investors in the Smart Grid category in 2015 compared to 88 in 2014. Top VC investors this year included GE Ventures, Bpi France, E.ON, EnerTech Capital, Idinvest Partners, Khosla Ventures and Maryland Venture Fund.

Smart Grid Communications companies, including Home and Building Automation technology companies, attracted the largest share of VC funding this year with $183 million in 16 deals, followed by Data Analytics companies with $63 million in 11 deals.

There were two debt and public market financing deals announced in 2015, totaling $102 million. The only IPO this year was the $98 million raised by Alarm.com.

There were 20 Smart Grid M&A transactions (10 disclosed) for $5.3 billion. The top disclosed transaction was Honeywell’s $5.1 billion acquisition of the Elster Division of Melrose Industries. Other transactions included  the acquisition of AlertMe by British Gas (part of the Centrica plc group) for $100 million, Silicon Labs’ acquisitions of both Bluegiga Technologies for $61 million and Telegesis for $20 million, and IXYS’ acquisition of RadioPulse for $22.5 million. EnerNOC, ABB, Schneider Electric, GE and Seimens have led the M&A activity in the sector since 2010.

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ZigBee and Thread act to make their IoT smarts stack up

Two pieces in the complicated puzzle of smart-home options will snap together later this year when the ZigBee Alliance starts certifying devices that use the Thread protocol for networking.

The industry groups behind these two systems have agreed to work out how they can both be integrated into the same product: Thread for exchanging data packets with other devices and ZigBee for defining how applications work on the device. This should lead to ZigBee products that can talk to many more devices in the Internet of Things.

As the latest edition of the International CES trade show begins on Tuesday, consumers are faced with a slew of new standards, protocols and frameworks to tie home IoT products together as an easily managed system. On Monday, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced it’s finished a new specification it calls Wi-Fi HaLow, which uses less power so it can work in small battery-powered devices.

Consumers could benefit from steps to combine some of these approaches. Research company Parks Associates estimates that 43 percent of U.S. households will buy a connected-home product this year.

ZigBee has been around since 2002 and been used in millions of lights, sensors, locks, medical devices and other connected objects. It’s a set of technologies for dealing not just with how products connect to each other but also how applications work with them. Thread is newer, having emerged as a low-power IP (Internet Protocol) networking system in 2014.

Now the groups behind the technologies will make Thread compatible with the ZigBee Common Applications Library, a recently announced platform that covers all use cases for ZigBee. In the third quarter of this year, the ZigBee Alliance plans to launch a certification program for Thread-plus-ZigBee products.

Consumers would be able to combine those devices with other ZigBee objects while using IP networking, the standard for communications over Wi-Fi and home broadband out to the Internet. ZigBee products with Thread could also expand Thread coverage across a home by building one mesh including things like Nest thermostats, which also use Thread.

More here.

SMi reports: Registration is now live for Social Media within the Utilities Sector

SMi Group are thrilled to announce that registration is now live to attend the 5th annual conference on Social Media within the Utilities Sector.

Returning to London on 11 and 12 of April 2016, this must-attend event will showcase how to transform your business and improve customer relationships with the help of social media, making it the centre of operations, not just a useful tool.

Come prepared to listen, learn, and interact! For more information on how to join this dynamic event, please visit www.socialmediautilities.com/wsn or contact Andrew Gibbons on +44 (0) 207 827 6156 or agibbons@smi-online.co.uk.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join the only conference on social media tailored to the utility sector. Attendees will benefit from the following new highlights in 2016

  • Understand how digital marketing is key to business development
  • Learn from case studies on crisis management and containment
  • Discover how to create and manage your brand in an online environment
  • Transform your business: make your organisation more social and cultivate a network of change
  • Gain insight into social optimisation: unlock the potential of your data
  • Benefit from roundtable discussions to benchmark against peers’ social media strategy


Want to know who attended in the past? View the full list of 2014 and 2015 attendees here https://www.smi-online.co.uk/utility/uk/conference/social-media-in-the-utilities-sector?tab=downloads


  • Giuseppe Caltabiano, VP Marketing Integration – Content, Social Media, PR Strategy, Schneider Electric
  • Wendy Eyre, Social Media Manager, E.ON
  • Jane Goddard, Head of Marketing and Communications, Energy Saving Trust
  • Conor Barron, Digital Communications Manager, Bord Gais Energy
  • Alex Marshall, Group Marketing & Compliance Manager, Clarke Energy
  • Phil Young, Head of Online, Transport for London
  • Corinna Allen, Head of Communications, Southern Water Services Ltd
  • Paul Sergeant, Online Community Manager, Ecotricity
  • Laura Hopperton, Digital Content Manager, South East Water Ltd
  • Angela Maher, Digital Communications Manager, Ofwat
  • Lee Bryant, Founder, Postshift

>>> Click here www.socialmediautilities.com/wsn to view the conference programme


Don’t forget to extend your stay to attend the 2 interactive post-conference workshops:
WORKSHOP A : Containing and Managing Crisis on Social Media
Hosted by: Hannah Walsh, Senior Consultant, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

WORKSHOP B : Joining Social Inside with Social Outside: Creating the Infinity Loop for 21st Century Organisations
Hosted by: Cerys Hearsey, Lead Consultant, Postshift & Ea Ryberg Due, Consultant, Postshift

Visit www.socialmediautilities.com/wsn today to secure your £400 early bird discount.
Sponsorship Opportunities:

If you are interested in developing business in this key market, don’t miss the opportunity to brand yourself in front of those who will be shaping the next generation of social media within the utilities sector. Contact Andrew Gibbons on +44 (0) 207 827 6156 or agibbons@smi-online.co.uk for more information.

Delegate Enquiries:
To register or require more information on the conference, please contact Andrew Gibbons on +44 (0) 207 827 6156 or agibbons@smi-online.co.uk.

Social Media within the Utilities Sector
11th – 12th April 2016
Holiday Inn Kensington Forum
97 Cromwell Rd,
London, SW7 4DN


India Smart Automotive Forum Delivers a Successful Inaugural Edition

New Delhi, India, 1 December 2015 – m2m2iotpaper.com accomplishes a successful debut of India Smart Automotive Forum 2015, which was held on Friday, 27 November 2015 at The Radisson Blu Plaza, New Delhi, India. The Forum achieved success in highlighting the role and importance of machine-to-machine (m2m) technologies and internet of things (iot) in the Automotive space and the latest happenings in the automotive industry.

India Smart Automotive Forum’s objective was to highlight the most comprehensive delivery of the most talked-about and latest developments, innovations, research and trends to one and all in the automotive community, with the focus on Connected, Intelligent Vehicles and Sustainable Intelligent Transportation of the future comprising of;

1.              Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Vehicle.

2.              Business Models and Public Policies including Public Private Partnership.

3.              Clean and Green Vehicles, such as; Electric-Hybrid and Energy-Efficient Vehicles.

4.              Mobile Applications and Mobility Services – including Connected Navigation and Vehicle Services, such as Convenience Services – Payments for Insurance, Remote Diagnostics and Health Reports, In-Car Infotainment, Parking Space, Point Of Interest, Productivity, Traffic Updates, Weather Information, Vehicle Interfacing with Networks and Power Grids.

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International Conference on Internet of Things and Big Data – IoTBD 2016

The first edition of the IoTBD Conference (International Conference on Internet of Things and Big Data) organized by INSTICC (Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication) will take place from 23 to 25 April 2015 in Rome, Italy.

Internet of Things (IoT) is a platform and a phenomenon that allows everything to process information, communicate data, analyze context collaboratively and in the service or individuals, organizations and businesses. In the process of doing so, a large amount of data with different formats and content has to be processed efficiently, quickly and intelligently through advanced algorithms, techniques, models and tools. This new paradigm is enabled by the maturity of several different technologies, including the internet, wireless communication, cloud computing, sensors, big data analytics and machine learning algorithms.

One of the most important contributions that IoTBD brings about is the creation of a high-level forum in collaboration with the most prestigious internationally recognized experts, including names such as Victor Chang, (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom) as Conference Chair and as Program Co-Chairs: Muthu Ramachandran (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom), Gary Wills (University of Southampton, United Kingdom), Robert Walters (University of Southampton, United Kingdom) and Víctor Méndez Muñoz, (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB, Spain). IoTBD 2016 will have invited keynote speakers, who are internationally recognized experts in their areas, such as Ling Liu, (Georgia Institute of Technology, United States), Peter Sloot, (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Complexity Institute Singapore, Singapore; ITMO St. Petersburg, Russian Federation), Verena Kantere (University of Geneva, Switzerland), Donald Ferguson (Dell, United States) and Mohammed Atiquzzaman (University of Oklahoma, United States).

IoTBD 2016 will be held in conjunction with CSEDU 2016SMARTGREENS 2016WEBIST 2016CLOSER 2016VEHITS 2016 and COMPLEXIS 2016.


All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/) and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library.
A short list of papers presented at the conference venue will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a Journal of Information Management .
A short list of papers presented at the conference venue will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a special issue of International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence .
A short list of papers presented at the conference venue will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a special issue of Open Journal of Big Data (OJBD) .
A short list of papers presented at the conference venue will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a special issue of Future Generation Computer Systems Journal.

The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.


Further information about IoTBD 2016 can be found at the conference website http://www.iotbd.org/

5th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems – SMARTGREENS 2016

The fifth edition of the SMARTGREENS conference (5th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems) organized by INSTICC (Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication) will take place from 23 to 25 of April 2016 in Rome, Italy.

The purpose of the 5th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (SMARTGREENS) is to bring together researchers, designers, developers and practitioners interested in the advances and applications in the field of Smart Cities, Green Information and Communication Technologies, Sustainability, Energy Aware Systems and Technologies.

SMARTGREENS 2016 will be held in conjunction with CSEDU 2016, WEBIST 2016, CLOSER 2016, VEHITS 2016 and IoTBD 2016.

One of the most important contributions that SMARTGREENS brings about is the creation of a high-level forum in collaboration with the most prestigious internationally recognized experts, including names such as Markus Helfert (Dublin City University, Ireland) as a Conference Chair, Cornel Klein (Siemens AG, Germany) and Brian Donnellan (National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland) as Program Co-Chairs. SMARTGREENS 2016 will have several invited keynote speakers, who are internationally recognized experts in their areas, such as Paolo Tenti (University of Padova, Italy), Giovanni Giuliani (HP Italy Innovation Centre, Italy), Barbara Pernici (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) and Venkatesh Prasad (Ford Motor Company, United States).

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/) and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (http://www.scitepress.org).
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.

Further information about SMARTGREENS 2016 can be found at the conference website http://www.smartgreens.org

Unlocking the next gen of smart grid benefits

UTILITIES HAVE INVESTED billions of dollars over the last five years in technologies designed to operate the electric grid more efficiently, reliably, safely, and cost-effectively. As deployment of smart grid infrastructure reaches an inflection point, utility executives are faced with the difficult task of determining how to best make use of the data generated by intelligent devices to drive business benefits. In many cases, utility analytics have been the key to unlocking this hidden value, there are examples of utilities recovering half the costs of their smart grid programs by detecting and preventing energy theft. Other companies are reporting improvements in service reliability of over 35 percent, enabled in part by the deployment of sophisticated analytical capabilities.

With more than 60 utility smart grid analytics use cases in existence, choosing a starting point for implementing an analytics program that optimizes value across the enterprise can be a daunting task, and there have been many lessons learned from early adopters. Some early adopters have undertaken ambitious initiatives focused on implementing big data applications without a well-defined data analytics road map, resulting in a significantly delayed return on investment. Conversely, other more conservative utilities have been more surgical, deploying one-off applications, which ultimately leave money on the table.

Therefore, creating a business case for analytics requires a methodology that transcends the technological and operational considerations of the utility, as well as one which can be easily articulated to key decision makers.

How do you do it?


The first step in determining the best way to utilize recently deployed infrastructure is by conducting an assessment of the use-case capabilities (people, process, technology) that have already been deployed. During this phase, it is also important to gain an understanding of the high-priority use cases, as well as those that, which may not be relevant given the operating characteristics of the utility. This initial survey should also be used to identify the functional domains (e.g., grid analytics, customer analytics) upon which to focus future workshops, strategy sessions and data requests. A market scan of peer utilities, similar markets and relevant vendors should be conducted as well.

Note: Use cases focused on energy efficiency and conservation are typically unattractive in states without revenue decoupling.


Prioritization must take into consideration the overall value (return on investment), ease of implementation and the speed at which benefits accrue.

By mapping value vs. implementation effort, one can rapidly understand the quick wins, long-term investments and unattractive initiatives that should be deferred indefinitely. Additionally, many use cases have inherent affinity (such as reliability and asset management) and tend to be enabled by the same key process redesigns, organizational changes, applications and data sources.

Therefore, use cases should be assessed and prioritized holistically, taking into account any affinity and codependent value drivers. It is also critical that the analytics road map be periodically refreshed as applications are enabled, new investments are made or new use cases emerge.

Note: Creating a reporting dashboard can be a quick win resulting in a one-time or short-term benefit that requires minimal implementation effort. Equally, leveraging sensor data for use cases such as distribution automation and fault location isolation and service restoration (FLISR) to enable predictive control can be a more complex, long-term undertaking but ultimately yields greater, continuous benefits.


Understanding the value and ease of implementation as relative rankings can be helpful for targeting key business cases to investigate further. However, a more thorough business process based cost-benefit analysis is typically required. The cost-benefit analysis and business case should explore all benefits including traditional bottom line benefits, as well as those that may accrue to customers and more intangible benefits, such as improved regulatory relations.

Note: While some benefits can be easily quantified and/or monetized (such as avoided costs due to labor efficiencies) other benefits may not be, but are nevertheless important in today’s customer-centric regulatory environment (e.g., customer satisfaction scores).


The final step in any analytics program is measuring and validating the benefits outlined in the initial business case. Apart from evaluating progress for internal budgeting purposes, transparency into benefits realization has become a common requirement of regulators, particularly around use cases that have tangible customer impacts such as reliability and resiliency measures. The key to realizing true benefits is putting in place effective structures and processes for governance, identifying and verifying benefits owners, as well as clearly articulating any methodologies used in the calculation of the benefits.

Note: Much like the analytics road map, benefits realization is a dynamic process and must be updated as organizational and technology changes occur.

The benefits of utility analytics are no longer theoretical; there are now a growing number of real examples of what utility companies have achieved. Half of the recovery costs of BC Hydro’s smart meter program will be found in detecting and preventing energy theft. PPL Electric has reported a 38 percent improvement in service reliability enabled in part by the deployment of sophisticated analytical capabilities. Oklahoma Gas & Electric, in a bid to substantially shed load by 2020, is using customer analytics to gain visibility on individual customers’ responses to price signals. This is enabling them to identify the best customers to target with specific marketing campaigns.

In each of these cases, clear strategic goals or business problems have been addressed by using a combination of analytical solutions. Utilities have made significant investments in intelligent infrastructure; as the first wave of smart grid deployments nears completion, it has become clear that analytics is the key to unlocking additional value for utilities, shareholders and customers. With the right framework and road map in place, utility analytics offers the ability to turn the smart grid from theory into practice, seizing the opportunity to improve service, reduce costs and increase reliability.

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Raleigh-based Sensus to acquire British energy research organization Sentec

Raleigh-based clean tech Sensus is acquiring British research organization Sentec in a deal aimed at expanding its global engineering resources in emerging technologies.

According to Sensus President Randy Bays, the expansion of the company’s technology resources “with a particular focus on research will help us bring innovative solutions to market faster and grow our IoT (Internet of Things) offerings.”

Sensus and Sentec were already longtime partners, making the partnership easy, according to a company press release.

Bays says via prepared statement that the move further illustrates Sensus’ commitment to research and development spending, which is now more than $85 million per year.

Specifically, Sentec’s expertise is in mechanical engineering and embedded firmware development, skill sets that directly complement Sensus. It’s also working on cost-effective metrology for IoT sensors for devices such as window air conditioners. The sensors provide data to enable demand response and monitor resource use. Think sensors in energy-efficient washing machines that can tell a user how much water and energy he or she is using per load of laundry.

The buy gives Sensus a foothold in Cambridge, England. “By establishing a presence in Cambridge, we can supercharge our product development activity and bring additional technology to the market for our customers,” Bays says.

Financial details were not disclosed.

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