Author: Josh Jones, CMO
A smart grid is an electricity network that can intelligently integrate the actions of all users connected to it, including generators, consumers and those that do both, to efficiently deliver sustainable, economic and secure electricity services. A smart grid is a large “system of systems” and, according to the American National Institute of Standards and Technology, the architecture for smart grid is composed of seven big domains: Bulk Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Customers, Operations, Markets and Service Providers.
These domain participants use one or more cloud based systems to manage millions of endpoints and monitor operations across multiple locations. Emerging low cost IoT sensors and cloud services enable and increasing number of solutions and information, intended to optimize smart grids improve efficiency; adoption of these new technologies, however, is exponentially complex as these systems lack a unified login and security infrastructure and generally operate as data silos. Imagine the task of administrators responsible for managing access and security for 100 generation facilities with 10 different platforms accessed by 1,000 employees; this would mean 10,000 unique logins as opposed to 1,000 with Cognida.
Turnover of employees presents challenges in managing employee access accounts on multiple systems. The integration of data from multiple IoT systems (sensors in Home Area Networks, sensors in Neighborhood Area Networks, sensors in Field Area Networks, and sensors in Wide Area Networks) into multiple local and cloud systems requires significant custom integration costs, and power companies without an efficient access management approach can become locked into solutions as changing vendors presents significant disruption and cost.
The Cognida Platform’s suite of solutions include unified identity management and access security across multiple systems as well as enterprise class data access and sharing solutions. These solutions can be incorporated into existing systems as well as new sensor/IoT, Cloud and web applications.
With the Cognida platform, adding or removing employee access across all systems can be handled from a single interface. Blockchain technology is used to distribute access and security policies across multiple locations and cloud services. The incorporation of data from new systems can be seamlessly shared across the entire organization. Changing vendor solutions can be done with minimal disruption.
For companies responsible for managing smart energy grids this means:
– Easy to change vendors across all connected, digital services
– Reduced labor costs in IT department
– Improved visibility and access to all digital assets (according to predetermined permissions)
– Simplification of IT support required to set up and maintain systems
The Cognida Platform offers smart grid operators and technology ecosystem partners the tools to incorporate emerging IoT technologies and Cloud services into their operations without requiring complex IT security and access administration. Cognida’s blockchain secured data access and sharing tools enable data from diverse systems to be shared across the organization and enables vendor portability with minimal impact on day to day operations.