Utilities & Smart Grid: Use Cases
CloudD and the Utility & Smart Grid Industry
CloudD can be used to build your smart grid connected products, such as smart meters, grid monitoring applications, and street light monitoring solutions. The advent of the internet of things represents an enormous opportunity for utility providers and city planners in that it enables providers and businesses the ability to monitor and control remote assets easily and without enormous capital investment. The monitoring and control of remote assets such as smart meters or street lights from a web page or mobile app can create significant cost savings in the form of reduced energy usage, better response times to outages or emergencies, and improved analytics.
For utilities, CloudD and the internet of things offers an affordable and highly capable alternative to traditional methods of monitoring electricity usage. CloudD's IOT platform can replace both traditional manual meter reading methods and newer solutions such as radio mesh networks. Additionally, through our partners, we provide the latest customer information services (CIS) to enable robust data monitoring, customer billing, and analytics.
1. Smart Meter Solution
Cloud Utility District offers an end-to-end smart meter solution that enables bi-directional cellular communication with your meters using 4G LTE cellular technology. Get data updates from your meters as often as you want (daily, hourly, etc) and access that data through mobile apps, web pages, or proprietary platforms. This is a TURN KEY, managed solution - ideal for utilities of all sizes that don't want to manage their own IT centers and want to roll out a smart meter system at their own pace.
Together with our partners, our smart meter solution gives utilities the ability to manage customer accounts, implement pre-pay billing services with ease, monitor outages on a map in real-time, remotely control meters from a simple interface, and empower their customer base through web and mobile based tools.
Real-Time Meter Monitoring:
CloudD's IOT paltform makes it possible to monitor your grid in real-time. Our connectivity platform was specifically designed for large scale device deployments such as in the case of smart meters. Our system is cellular based and, together with our partners, we offer robust billing and customer information management systems.
Our platform can handle any sized smart meter deployment you need.
4G LTE Technology:
In our cellular smart meter deployments we use the latest 4G LTE technology.
Customer & Account Management:
Easily analyze and interact with the data generated by your connected meters. View and manage billing, customer power usage, and remotely control your meters. View and respond to outages in real-time with a map based monitoring system. Remotely connect and disconnect meters from mobile and web based tools.
Unlike traditional mesh network smart meter solutions, our cellular solution does not require large scale equipment installations or investment. You can deploy our system one household at a time or at whatever pace you need.
2. Smart Grid
The power of the internet of things and CloudD extends well beyond the smart meter. CloudD can be used to remotely monitor and control any aspect of a utility's grid, from the monitoring of power lines to capacitors, etc. CloudD can also power environmental sensors on the grid - grid operators can know in real-time the weather conditions and state of their equipment without a having to physically visit those locations.
With remote monitoring, downtime on a utilities grid can be significantly reduced. Maintenance costs can also be greatly reduced as the fuel and labor costs necessary to maintain the grid will be far less than manual processes.
Save Time and Money:
Remotely detect flaws, anticipate failures with predicitive maintenance, operate remote machinery and assets at the most optimal level. Avoid having to manually monitor the status of your remote assets in the field. With CloudD, monitoring and maintenance costs can be dramatically reduced through predictive(less fuel used to visit remote sites, fewer personnel needed to monitor the grid).
Faster Response Time:
Respond faster to outages - you'll know right away when there's a problem.
3. Street Light Monitoring
Cities throughout the United States and the world at large are looking for ways to both save money and run city services more efficiently. One method to achieve these goals is through the use of "smart street lights."
CloudD enables the remote monitoring and control of sensors placed in street lights, allowing cities to remotely turn on and off lighting (saving energy), remotely adjust lighting intensity, and reduce maintenance costs on lighting assets (real-time monitoring allows for more proactive maintenance with lower labor costs).
Monitor and Reduce Electricity Use:
Reduce electricity use through the remote monitoring and control of street lights.