Over 12,000 votes came in for Smart Grid News’ Top 13 Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2013.
12,000. That’s pretty impressive if you think about it.
And it looks like a good portion of those 12,000 came in for Belden! We were named one of the top 13! It’s a great honor and we’re so grateful to everyone who voted. I have to say, I kind of felt like the guy in the photo when I found out. It’s a really exciting victory. Especially because we’re up there with some huge players in the industry, like Cisco, Schneider Electric and Sensus.
The Smart Grid space is an important one for us. In addition to blogging about it (five times!), we know they need secure and reliable signal transmissions – when communications go down or are infiltrated, the whole system can go down. Plus, we know how important consistent and accurate measurement of electricity produced and transmitted is to those running the substation.
We look forward to giving you a lot to watch for in 2013.
If you have any questions or requests, leave us a comment below. We’ll get back to you as soon as we’re able.
Smart grids collect a wealth of intelligence, beginning at the edge with Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) that collect valuable information such as fault location, relay targets and customer usage in increasingly fine granularity which then is transmitted to the central control area to support the smart grid. Protective relays, meters, remote terminal units, LTC/regulator controllers, and predictive maintenance equipment also are becoming rich sources of data that can be made readily available to remote users. This new information requires increased communications bandwidth and a secure strategy for transporting the information to its destination points throughout the utility.
As power utility stakeholders address the challenges of creating end-to-end security for their smart grids, operations groups can benefit from a “Zones of Protection” strategy protection relay engineers have employed for some time to keep utility grids and equipment safe from fault and system unbalances. Read more