By Sanjeev Sharma on Feb 24, 2012
The following series of blog posts discuss common BPM use-cases in the Utilities industry:
- Meter-to-Cash is the primary revenue generating activity for down-stream utilities. Traditionally, there has been little impetus for utilities to strive for cost efficiencies across this activity due to the revenue ceiling imposed by regulated prices. Today, utilities are faced with capital intensive investments in upgrading to smart-grid/metering infrastructures and consumer-centric revenue models e.g. net-metering and time-of-use pricing that could potentially drive down revenues as consumption shifts to off-peak periods. Hence, utilities can no longer afford to neglect efficiencies in their meter-to-cash cycle.
For details, click Meter-to-Cash Optimization for Smarter Utilities
- Today, utilities are committing to capital intensive investments in upgrading to smart-grid/metering infrastructure driven by government regulation and consumer awareness. However, iIn this process of becoming increasingly “smarter”, the digitization of the grid is blurring lines between operational, information and communication technologies. This inadvertently makes the grid highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks, physical sabotage and equipment malfunction in the “last-mile” i.e. Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI).
For details, click Mitigating Cyber-Security Risks to Smart-Grid AMI