Meet the projects: inteGRIDy
What do you see as the biggest opportunity for the energy industry?
The energy industry (as some other sectors have done it before, such as Smart Cities and logistics) are moving from a vendor-locked and siloed approach as per data ownership and sharing, to a more decentralized, digital and collaborative scenario in terms of data pooling and provision of Big Data/AI services using it. Some steps have been done in this respect, mostly form the innovation world, to build up, in collaboration with the regulatory bodies and the European Commission, to push for a federated data economy and marketplace enabling Utilities and Network operators to share best practices and data, building up a new market opportunity not only for them but also for a great plethora of new business actors that can enter this approach and provide value-added services.
What do you see as the biggest threat to the energy industry?
Cybersecurity and IT/OT collaboration is still a potential and, in most cases, an unknown threat for Utilities and Network operators. While the OT side is secure by design and reliant in powerful hardware mechanisms to make it that way, the decentralization and digitalization of services and assets along the energy value chain are currently introducing new threat into the system that conventional OT managers are not able to distinguish and assess without the proper assistance. In addition, a huge amount of IoT and industrial sensing devices are currently used to produce data. Most of these devices are not designed to comply with the critical security requirements of energy networks, so we are risking to move into a data-driven Utility world reliant on insecure (or not trustable) sources of information in a strategic and critical vertical.
What are the key topics you will highlight at this year’s EUW?
inteGRIDy participates for the third time in a row in the EUW 2019 presenting the main outcomes of the past year. In opposition to past years, where just the architectural design and preliminary studies on market and regulation were available, this time inteGRIDy is in a position to show real outcomes from the development and implementation of the project tools and the early results on integration. inteGRIDy framework of tools is becoming a reality, together with the complementary integration framework and business replication tool being developed at the moment.