A smart grid is a complex network that intelligently carries electricity from the plants where it is generated to consumers, using sensor-enable devices, two-way digital communications, remote control and automation and other technologies. It requires the ability to scale to millions of devices, systems, and people—and the interoperability to connect them all—while maintaining stringent levels of security. In a webinar July 22, Red Hat executives will detail how open source and open standards can help the utility ecosystem build the devices, systems, and solutions to complete a smart grid that scales, interoperates and is reliable and secure.
Utilities across the country are testing and building out smart grids. The U.S. Department of Energy is actively involved, too (Title XIII of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) provided the legislative support for the department’s smart grid activities and reinforced its role in leading and coordinating national grid modernization efforts). As more deployments provide market validation, IT investments are likely to accelerate, according to Navigant Research. In fact, the research firm estimates in a recent report that worldwide revenues for smart grid IT software and services are expected to grow from $8.5 billion annually in 2014 to $17.1 billion in 2024.
Hosting Red Hat’s webinar are Chad McIntyre, sales director, smart grid and utilities, and Rob Wilmoth, senior solutions architect. Both focus on the energy and utilities industries; Chad is a 12-year veteran serving Red Hat’s customers, partners, shareholders, and community efforts to push open source and standards into the smart grid ecosystem, and Rob has been with Red Hat for eight years and specializes in compliance and remediation for NERC/CIP and has also been a part of the DNP3 Users Group. He holds a Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist certification and works with Red Hat’s strategic accounts.
Chad and Rob will discuss:
- Securely connecting transmission/distribution systems and assets.
- Building an Internet-of-Things (IoT) solution for automation or an application for the grid.
- SCADA systems or other IP assets that are subject to CIP regulations.
- Planning a platform for reliability and interoperability.
- How Red Hat is helping customers and partners build and deliver secure CIP infrastructure and applications with cost effective, open solutions.
- SELinux and CIP.
- Secure messaging.
Register for the webinar, Red Hat in the smart grid—CIP and beyond. We look forward to having you!