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Managing the risk of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly, and more devices are going online. Are industry, consumers, and the companies creating products and services and integrating the technologies ready to deal with the security that goes with protecting the devices and users? Industrial network design and best practices can help. See six steps for IoT risk mitigation. Written by Gib Sorebo.
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Highly mature enterprise: Meet the challenges of enterprise information systems

The final of five Control Engineering articles showcases that standard metrics and actionable rules help organizations move from Level 3 to Level 4 in the enterprise information system maturity model, where automated decision making creates a highly evolved and mature enterprise. The series of articles was written by Corey Stefanczak.
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Optimizing the climb up the enterprise information systems maturity model

Corey Stefanczak explains that Level 3 isn’t the highest step in the maturity model; as the primary goal for most organizations, it enables a business to more efficiently understand and use its resources. Objective information (centralized for access in the previous maturity level) helps with business decisions.
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Emerging Risk Identification in the Age of Social Media

Adrienne Dunham and Forrest Hillery use this Food Safety Magazine article to examine the growing ability of social media to assist the food industry in identifying and managing customer relations and brand perception.
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Gain a competitive advantage, meet the challenges of enterprise information systems

The third Control Engineering article by Corey Stefanczak on the maturity model discusses how a central data repository is difficult to achieve because it is technically challenging and penetrates various aspects of a business. Implementation requires coordinating many parties and often introduces new technologies to the business.
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Migrating toward enterprise information systems

In part two of five of this Control Engineering series, Corey Stefanczak outlines how maturity model advice helps organizations move from Level 0, paper-based systems and homegrown systems, to Level 1, focused data systems. Maturity models applied to processes and software help increase decision efficiency, because greater decision efficiency = lower costs = higher profits.
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Understand the maturity model to better manage, integrate plant floor, enterprise systems

Decision efficiency is measured by the cost (money, time, and effort) to make a decision. In the first of five Control Engineering articles on the maturity mondel, consider five factors outlined by Corey Stefanczak when measuring decision efficiency.
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7 Keys to Successful Automation

Successful automation projects contain these seven elements. Learn what they are and how to integrate them into your next project in Chris Mikola's article in Control Engineering.
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Custom Automation vs. Commercial-off-the-shelf, or Both?

How to automate is as important as when. Corey Stefanczak discusses why it is important to weigh the benefits of COTS and a custom solution, rather than restricting an automation project view to a COTS or custom solution in this Control Engineering article.
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System Integration is a Critical Element in Project Design

As information systems continue to increase in complexity, adapting to a system integration-oriented design approach will become even more essential to a project’s success. Read Todd William’s article in Control Engineering on how a system integrator’s early involvement in project design can help ensure high-quality projects that satisfy each customer’s unique requirements.
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Industrial Wireless Monitoring and Sensing

Applying industrial wireless applications to monitoring and sensing technology can actually serve as a risk management policy. In Control Engineering, Doug Bowers talks about how strong communications can address many of the challenges facility operators face during their process transformations.
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Making Sense of the Enterprise Energy Dashboard

Energy monitoring means different things to different companies. When creating an energy usage dashboard at a facility, knowing what to measure and how to measure it can be confusing. Read and follow Feras Karim’s helpful outline in Automation World: "Making Sense of the Enterprise Energy Dashboard.”
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Innovating for Cleaner Air

Eglin Air Force Base’s air quality program combines web-based compliance tools, standardized procedures, and a knowledgeable compliance team to support base staff. Learn more about this innovative program in an article by Harry Fortenberry from the Air Force and Kevin Newman and Eric Banks from SAIC in The Military Engineer. Go to page 51 of the January/February issue. Read more »

How Maryland Engaged Stakeholders in its Statewide Program

The EmPOWER Maryland initiative set stringent goals to save taxpayers money, reduce stress on the state's energy markets, and improve the environment. In a recent article in Powergrid International, Vice President Keith Kerzel discussed how the state was able to reach out to and engage stakeholder's in this initiative. Go to page 10 to read the full article. Read more »





Help For Getting a Handle on Large-Scale Solar O&M Relationships

With continued development and experience, solar industry standardization of operations and maintenance (O&M) practices will continue to mature. Read Heidi Larson and Sean McPherson’s article in Solar Industry on getting a handle on large-scale solar O&M relationships.
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The Equator Principles in the OECD

The Equator Principles do not always require compliance reviews from projects in the most developed markets. But too little attention early on will make later reviews much tougher. Read William Stark’s article in Project Finance on why lenders and project sponsors should consider the Equator Principles at all stages of project development to minimize delays and schedule interruptions.
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Commercializing Algae—Challenges and Opportunities

Algae continue to be one of the more intriguing opportunities for expanding biofuel production and the food supply, production of specialty chemicals, wastewater treatment, and carbon capture. Learn more in this article in the AOCS member magazine, Inform, by SAIC’s Bryan Yeh. Read more »





Leidos Urges Adding Utility to Smart-City Planning

Vendors working on microgrid and smart city systems should incorporate utilities early on in the smart cities solution development. Steve Schneider explains why to Smart Grid Today magazine.
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Learning How to Keep Utility-Scale DG Safe and Secure

With the continuing evolution of distributed generation, Trishia Swayne explains how to keep utility-scale DG safe and secure for the grid in an article in POWERGRID International magazine.
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Utility commercial, industrial EE efforts can get more efficient

Leidos Engineering energy efficiency experts Eric Fontaine and John Nicol explain some practical ways in which utilities energy efficiency programs can improve. The article appears on Intelligent Utility magazine's website.
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Utility commercial, industrial EE efforts can get more efficient

Leidos Engineering supported New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) in designing and managing a dynamic pricing pilot program. A recent Transmission & Distribution World article outlines the program's plan, implementation and results.
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Understanding NERC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Standard

In Edison Electric Institute's Electric Perspectives magazine, Steve Schneider and Rick Shumard explain the latest NERC standard for critical infrastructure protection (CIP) dealing with physical security for utilities.
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Managed services: more smart grid, less smart grid risk

Making the jump to smart grid can be overwhelming. It’s not just about managing new digital assets in the field; it’s about everything that comes with them. In this Intelligent Utility magazine article, Josh Wepman and Elster's Pat Corrigan highlight the latest in managed smart grid services.
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Utility Security: Understanding NERC CIP 014 Requirements and Their Impact

Steve Schneider and Rick Shumard explain the latest NERC standard for critical infrastructure protection (CIP) dealing with physical security for utilities. The article appeared in Electric Energy T&D magazine.
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What Utilities Can Learn from Football’s Winning Plays

Like winning the Super Bowl or a National Championship, success for electric utilities in today’s changing business environment requires planning, execution, vision, commitment and teamwork. In this Intelligent Utility magazine article Patricia Cruz, Rebecca Shiflea, Lisa Vedder, and Jennifer White outline 14 keys to strategic planning.
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IT-OT Integration and the Effect on Utility Security

Utility security expert Gib Sorebo gave his insider perspective on utility automation in this Utility Horizons magazine article.
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Duke Energy's Data Modeling & Analytics Initiative

Two years ago, Duke Energy set out to better understand the value of integrating siloed datasets and streaming data from field devices used in managing its smart grid system. David Mulder and Zac Canders talk about the utility's data modeling and analytics initiative in this Electric Light & Power magazine article.
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Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Big Sandy RECC’s GIS and OMS Implementation

Big Sandy Rural Electric Cooperative (RECC) is a small utility, but size does not limit the co-op's technology integration and data management. Starting with the endgame of an outage management system in mind, Big Sandy RECC set out to create a plan. Leidos Engineering’s Dave Herron and Big Sandy RECC’s Nathan Frisby share that plan along a few lessons learned in this POWERGRID International magazine article
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Capture the Flag at a Utility Level

Professional strategic planning exercises can have a similar progression to the game "capture the flag." While the complexity of the process increases, various key ingredients for success remain the same. Patricia Cruz shares these ingredients for success at a utility in an article in Public Power magazine.
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The Road to Deployment

Shannon Messer shares how utilities can create a comprehensive business case for distribution management systems in this POWERGRID International article.
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Managed Services: More Smart Grid, Less Smart Grid Risk

Smart grid managed services give utilities a creative approach for building, integrating, and managing the full range of modern technology. Learn how they can help utilities manage the core risks of smart grid investments in Josh Wepman's chapter in Elster's e-book, The Executive Guide to Unlocking the Full Value of Your Meter Data.
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Why Adopt PEVs?

Austin Energy explored the value and challenges of deploying plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure when it launched its own PEV program and led a regional effort. Find out what this Texas utility learned in the Transmission & Distribution World article.
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Intelligent Load Management - The Future of Demand-side Management

Can load control provide for more economical integration of wind rather than building expensive supply-side options in the future? Learn about the four-year research project in Canada's Maritime Provinces that is striving to answer that in Steve Winstead's article in POWERGRID International.
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Smart Grid Support: Cloud-Based Solution Ends the Curse of High Residential Water Consumption

The city of Kings Mountain, N.C., provides water, gas and electric utility service to more than 5,000 families, and in late 2012 initiated a Smart Grid as a Service pilot project with Leidos. Kings Mountain is the first municipal utility in the Carolinas to use smart meter technology on water, gas and electric meters. Learn more in the Water World magazine article.
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AMI Creates New Routes for Meter Readers

Advanced metering infrastructure has been replacing manual meter readers in significant numbers. Rather than let its meter readers go, Kings Mountain, N.C., chose a different route that saves jobs while leveraging AMI. Learn how it is applying our Smart Grid as a Service solution in the POWERGRID International article.
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The Changing Dynamics of Revenue Protection

At Braintree Electric Light Department, revenue protection was always part of the job, so when it came time to upgrade its meters, BELD needed to understand how technology could complement its existing process. Learn what this Massachusetts utility did in the Metering International article.
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Effects of Electric and Magnetic Fields on Transmission Line Design

When planning transmission lines it is important that designers have a reasonable understanding of electric and magnetic fields during design; understand the effects on transmission line operation; and mitigate these effects. Learn more in James Hannigan’s article in Electric Energy T&D.
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Future Utility Success: Top 10 Best Practices

The utility industry is in a period of dramatic transformation and today’s challenges offer a tremendous opportunity to reinvigorate organizations to prosper and thrive. To leverage these times of change, utility management and their governing boards should read "Future Utility Success: Top 10 Best Practices" by Rebecca Shiflea in Public Power and make plans to ensure that the utility is facing its challenges head on.
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