IT challenges for utility companies are diverse and getting increasingly complex with the growing demand for energy, the implementation of the smart grid and two-way communication, the introduction of new energy sources that are spread out and the need to comply with security requirements. These are only a few of the issues that burden utilities’ communication needs and requirements.
This past week, I had a great meeting with Powercom, a company offering Smart Grid and smart metering implementation. Powercom is one of ECI’s partners for smart grid, as we complement each other when we offer smart solutions for operators and utilities around the world. I met with Powercom in ecity, our unique demo facility, addressing the residential and business end-user experience. In ecity, ECI showcases all our platforms and solutions, and demonstrates how they translate into real services and applications to the end user. To this end, we are implementing the whole concept of smart homes and businesses, and Powercom is one of the companies supporting this effort. But what made the meeting “great” is what I learned: