Research And Markets Research And Markets

Big Report: Future of Smart Grids, the ICT and Data Management Perspective

  • ID: 2365655
  • October 2012
  • Region: Global
  • 100 Pages
  • Engerati
1 of 5


  • ABB
  • Echelon
  • Hi Sun Technology
  • IBM
  • Linyang Electronics
  • Phillips
  • MORE

Expert insight based on in-depth review of hundreds of research sources, includes case studies, statistics, forecasts. The companion “Big Report” is an in-depth technical look at the market, used to inform the strategic business review, containing case studies, stats, trends and meaningful analysis about the likely future of the smart grid.

The content is useful to
- Assess key obstacles to achieving goals
- Explore results you can get from changing
- Review how others are adapting to the landscape
- Provide fresh ways of thinking about issues
- Look at industry trends impacting business

An Engerati report gives you a powerful blend of data, insights and opinion from a trusted independent point of view, helping you assess the high impact issues facing the whole of the market saving you time, adding a useful point of view to your research and actionable recommendations to help you position for success in your strategic planning. Engerati findings are described as, 'powerful, concise and containing precise insights' by Bram Reinders, strategic alliances director at Alliander NV

Using our triple filtered research process we are:
- investing over 200 hours research time per topic, signposting useful research sources to support your existing research process, saving your time and resources
- adding a layer of expert insights to pinpoint meaningful intelligence, helping you focus on better opportunities and see off threats as the landscape changes
- shaping our findings with input from key players in the energy sector and READ MORE >

Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown
2 of 5


  • ABB
  • Echelon
  • Hi Sun Technology
  • IBM
  • Linyang Electronics
  • Phillips
  • MORE

From old to new: the shifting landscape of energy grid management
Historic conceptualisations of electricity transmission and distribution
The new “smarter” grid: conceptual framework
New smart technologies: their role in increasing energy information
The Internet of Things
Transm iss ion & Dist ribution
“Upstream” and “downstream”
The T&D objective
Smart components for T&D
Areas of smart enablement Smart data within the transmission and distribution network: acquisition and use
T&D smart case studies
Customer Focus within T&D automation
Providers of T&D automation and intelligence services
Market size and trends
Risk for investors
Smart technology for the end user, smart homes, smart commerce
Theoretical rationale of the “smart home”
The language of smart home control
Demand reduction in practice
Deep demand response
The customer domain physical architecture
Smart meters
Smart appliances
In home Displays
Data availability
Customer Relationship Management
Central issues in implementing CRM
Smart home case studies
CRM case studies
Energy savings combined with schools initiative
Key Players in the smart homes domain
Many smart meter producers and vendors tend to be home grown
Market Size and trends
Smart Meters
Consumer power
Emergence of stand alone applications
Subcomponent supply
Additional Service Oriented Domains
Operations Domain
Service Provider
Market operation
The Market conundrum
Examples of service provision to the smart grid
Market developments
Key players in smart grid support
Smart grid support: market size and trends
The Comm unicat ions Layer
Principles for selecting communications technology
Matching technology and platform to use
Cutting through the jargon
Communications within the Transmission and Distribution domain
High level technologies
Detailed consideration
Standards versus product and technology
Practical selection criteria
Technological considerations:
Power Line Carrier (PLC ) versus wireless
Geographic/demographic factors
The role of 3G/4G technology and the move to small cells
Public versus private network usage
Home Area Networks
Basic architecture for AMR and In Home devices
Home Area Network
M2M communication standards
M2M technical issues
The emergence of cognitive radio
Data impacts on communications technology
Communications architecture impacts on communications technology
Cognitive radio
Communications technology in practice
New 4G solution from SmartSynch
Identifying best communications solution
The public/private/hybrid decision
Key players in the communications market
Market size & trends
Data , data analytics and processing
Types of data
Data rich, information poor smart grid data management issues
The Big Data issue
Impact of real time processing
Uncertain data and interaction with communications
Data Ownership & Control issues
Legacy systems
Skill shortages
Squaring the data, analytics and processing circle: the elements of a solution
Stochastic and statistical methods of data analysis
A daptive Stochastic Control
Computational intelligence
Processing in the cloud
Case studies
Separation of component function
Is upgrading on a piecemeal basis a more realistic approach?
Providers of data analytics and control software
Strategic alliances/mergers
Market size and trends
Operat ional iss ues within the smart grid
Definitions of interoperability
Interoperability by geography
Non-national initiatives towards standardisation
Threat awareness
National approaches
Security market
Security solutions
Security suppliers
Case studies
Non-interoperability delays PLC deployment
Free markets, interoperability and upgrades
Divergent specifications
Cyber security, an expert view from Professor Peter Cochrane
Strategic Iss ues of grid developm ent
National and Cultural differences
Utility culture and the dangers of being “first mover”
Home Area Network versus Automated Home
Data ownership
System control
Consumers in the cloud
Interrupted visions The merger of utilities and telecoms?
Utility/Telecoms alliance in Australia
Small local initiative in the US
Customer failure to engage
Major customer disconnect
Ready to go smart?
Economic benefits on hold
Academic journals
General Sources
Standards organisations

List of Tables and Figures

Table of Figures: The Big Report
Figure 1: T raditional transmissions and distribution architecture
Figure 2: New (smart) grid architecture
Figure 3: New (smart) grid architecture
Figure 4: The customer domain within the smart grid
Figure 5: The utility/home interface
Figure 6: Demand response and the planning process
Figure 7: NIST schematic for Operations domain
Figure 8: NIST schematic for Service Provider domain
Figure 9: NI ST schematic for Markets domain
Figure 10: Outline two-level communications architecture for energy distribution networks
Figure 11: U S smart grid communications network market value
Figure 12: Schematic for Data and analytics “magic cube”
Figure 13: Main paradigms for computational intelligence and processing of uncertain data
Figure 14: Schematic for Versant database engine: partitioned database model
Figure 15: C ustomer perceptions of the importance of potential benefits from smart meters

Table of Tables: The Big Report
Table 1: Key features of the new smart grid
Table 2: Areas of smart enablement within the T&D system
Table 3: Suppliers with IT solutions to support smart networks
Table 4: Principal components of the smart home domain
Table 5: Principal functions of the smart meter
Table 6: Key requirements for T&D functionality
Table 7: A dvantages and disadvantages of field-level network technologies for smart grids
Table 8: Public and private communications networks: comparative benefits
Table 9: High level overview of data types within the smart grid
Table 10: Key requirements for T&D functionality
Table 11: D ifferences in smart implementation by nation: drivers and outcomes

Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown
3 of 5


  • ABB
  • Echelon
  • Hi Sun Technology
  • IBM
  • Linyang Electronics
  • Phillips
  • MORE

With further development of the smart grid, utilities and nations can resolve the world's energy needs - and enjoy major potential benefits - without taking further risks with their own security or inflicting damage on the environment. However, in order to achieve this, development of the smart grid requires a new vision (“smart vision 2.0”), as outlined in this report. The dangers inherent in the initial vision of the smart grid (“smart vision 1.0”) is that it attempts to set down a single roadmap, drawn up on the desks and in the lecture halls of academics and policy theorists, where the vision would arguably satisfy some general community good but requires all players to work together and various groups agreeing to forego benefits - such as remuneration for their effort and control of their energy supply

In summary, smart vision 1.0 is an altruistic declaration of how the world should be, but in the real world this is unlikely to happen because in a free market – and in the world at large – different business and consumer groups have different needs and objectives, therefore this report is intended to highlight the most significant ways that those interests – of companies, investors, consumers and individual nations – may diverge. This report has a more realistic point of departure, highlighting the different issues likely to be faced by each of these groups, and urging all involved to start working now on the next stage of smart development – “smart vision 2.0” – on the basis of a realistic appraisal of one another's point of view, and in doing so helping each other position for the best chance of sustainable growth for the industry in the changing landscape.

Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown
4 of 5

- Echelon
- Elster Group
- Holley Metering
- Iskraemeco
- Itron
- Landis+Gyr
- Sensus
- Smartsynch
- Ningbo Sanxing Electric
- Wasion
- Hi Sun Technology
- Linyang Electronics
- Holley Metering
- Whirlpool
- Phillips
- ConEd solutions
- Neptune
- GE Energy
- Badger
- MasterMeter
- Cap Gemini
- Toshiba
- Siemens
- HP
- Versant

Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown
5 of 5
Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown