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Hydro Utility Builds Foundation for Powerful Efficiencies and Protection

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Technology Category
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy - Network Security
  • Sensors - Utility Meters
Applicable Industries
  • Electrical Grids
Applicable Functions
  • Business Operation
Use Cases
  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
The Challenge

As the main British Columbia electric distributor, BC Hydro provides 1.9 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers with energy. The hydro utility transformed to a digital business with Cisco connected networking, security, and smart grid solutions. • Deliver reliable, high-quality services • Enable remote automation and monitoring • Connect applications over a common networking infrastructure

The Customer
About The Customer
The Solution

• Designed a smart grid based on Cisco Field Area Network • architecture and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). • Deployed Cisco Identity Services Engine and Cisco connected firewalls, mobile devices,and systems • Cisco IoT Planning, Design and Implementation (PDI) Advanced Services and Cisco IoT Network Optimization (NOS) Advanced Services

Data Collected
Light Intensity, Power Consumption, Voltage
Operational Impact
  • [Cost Reduction - Energy]
    Controlled power outages
  • [Management Effectiveness - Operation Transparency]
    Improved visibility for remote devices across the grid
Quantitative Benefit
  • Increased data collection from once every two months to twice a day

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