Energy’s Positive Charge: Key Takeaways from DISTRIBUTECH International

Last week’s DISTRIBUTECH International conference in San Diego brought together energy industry experts from around the world to share and explore the latest in tech, trends, and ideas impacting the utilities industry. Roughly 12,000 industry notables participated in the event, including SDIers Matt Haughey and Bob Griffith.

Didn’t make it there to see for yourself? No problem. Here are Matt and Bob’s key takeaways:

  • Keeping Up is Not Enough: Automate, Automate, Automate

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotic Programming Automation (RPA), and Intelligent Process Automation (IPA) are improving efficiencies, maximizing performance, and driving revenue. For optimal impact, automation should be a strategic priority, rather than a response to concerns about matching pace with competitors (example: using AI to collect field data and provide enhanced information back to field forces).

  • That’s 5G-enius!

5G has already had an impact on a lot of devices and it’s soon sure to impact even more, meaning more potential for aggregation of data to predict changing weather.

  • In Security 

Machine Learning (ML) plays an increasingly prominent role in cybersecurity. ML algorithms can review reams of data moving across networks in real-time and learn to recognize threat patterns far more efficiently than people. Hackers and criminals are growing increasingly proficient at using ML to detect vulnerabilities.

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