ARTICLES — February 24, 2020

The Benefits of Securing IoT for Utility Companies During Unpredictable Weather

Global energy consumption is rising every year. The increasing demand has helped the utility sector become one of the most profitable areas for doing business. However, the industry faces multiple challenges in day-to-day business. Challenges such as poor workplace safety, equipment failures, insufficient power, and water distribution, maintenance, and extreme weather condition.

Indonesia is currently having an unpredictable weather condition. While utility providers use types of equipment that are reliable, unplanned failures caused by minimum focus on predictive maintenance are still likely to happen under extreme weather conditions, sometimes leading to business downtime. Although these conditions are often unpredictable, there are things that you can prepare to speed up countermeasures. Here are the things you can achieve If your electricity company's assets are connected to IoT technology.

Real-Time Information

With increasingly rapid mobile connectivity speeds, IoT sensors on utility assets provide near real-time information on energy consumption and transmission. This data allows for more efficient, demand-based electricity generation and distribution. IoT makes it possible to integrate a larger ecosystem of power sources, with unified distribution networks. Using this information, utility companies can also watch over their assets for further actions. For example, BMKG Cirebon utilized sensors at their floodgates provided by Telkomsel IoT to check and take anticipate in before unwanted event happens.

Real-Time Alert for Increased Safety

The use of IoT in utilities can effectively improve employee safety at worksites. IoT sensors can remotely monitor equipment, helping companies to identify hazardous work environments and protect their employees. In case of an accident caused by heavy rain, hurricane, or other natural disasters, IoT sensors can also provide alert and emergency services to get help as soon as possible. With this approach, utility companies can not only ensure the safety of their employees but also decrease corporate liability.

Informed Customers

IoT technology can help customers to be more informed about their energy usage. Internet-connected smart meters collect usage data and send it to both utilities and customers remotely. Thanks to IoT, many energy companies now send their customers’ detailed reports about their energy usage. Customers can also install smart devices in their homes or commercial buildings that measure the power consumed by each appliance and device. They can use this information to identify waste and especially power-hungry appliances to save on their energy bills.

Predictive Maintenance

Predictive maintenance solutions are gaining even more traction as industrial energy customers become increasingly aware of the growing maintenance costs and downtime caused by unexpected anomalies. Predictive maintenance is also a step ahead of preventive maintenance. As typical maintenance work is scheduled at preset intervals, predictive maintenance informs of the likelihood of parts and components failing during the next work cycle and can take action to minimize downtime. Under unpredictable weather, predictive maintenance helps utility industries to keep their existing equipments in the best possible condition. As a result, emergency services can focus on recovery, not correcting issues that are one step away from disaster.

The adoption of IoT in utilities can enhance the efficiency of multiple business processes, no matter how bad the weather condition is. This is why utility companies need to develop effective strategies, allocate sufficient budget, and collaborate with experienced professionals to implement IoT effectively. Visit https://telkomseliot.com/ to find out how your utility company can focus on successful IoT adoption.

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