Digital Natives: Grid Edge Innovation; Digital Energy; Singapore Blockchain

Rod McLauchlan, Show Director APAC, Digital Utility Expo
This newsletter is designed for executives who work in the digital water or energy sector. It goes out to 40,000 executives across APAC. We focus on the practical implications of using transformational technology. We welcome contributions from our market and encourage left-field personal viewpoints.  Remember your challenges are just as interesting as your successes. Write to me here:

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Guest Commentary: 

Digitalisation in the Energy Sector
by Stephen Woodhouse, Chief Digital Officer, Pöyry, United Kingdom

Energy utilities across the world have traditionally focused on their assets – generation and networks – rather than their customers. Read more >>>
Digital Hero Spotlight

Martin Lim, COO, Electrify, Singapore

Electrify is a Singapore based startup. It aims to use blockchain to let users buy electricity from energy retailers and other consumers and has raised US$30 million in under 10 days via a token sale. Read more >>>

AI processing moves from the Cloud to the Network Edge – and Utilities gear up
A few years ago, someone explained the concept of smart grids to me and how utility companies were looking to create an information grid to optimize resources and provide the best possible throughput to every consumer.  With water and power utilities now well advanced in their smart networks, the next step is how to introduce more intelligence on the edge of the network.

The arrival of the smart network enabled us to move computing to the cloud, away from the edges of the network. But the tsunami of artificial intelligence is forcing a shift of computing power — from the cloud back to the edge of the network. Why? Ultimately, you need to deliver intelligence where it is needed.

As everything becomes intelligent, from light bulbs, to cars, to washing machines, connected things will need their own AI ability to devise what to do and ultimately learn from their environment. You can’t be waiting for a network to communicate commands from the mother ship. Low latency cloud infrastructure doesn’t work for self-driving cars, or anything else requiring instant and fail-safe reactions.

It follows that energy sector investments in big data and artificial intelligence have ballooned by a factor of 10 in 2017. A study, by accountancy firm BDO, found mergers and acquisitions involving energy companies and AI startups had soared in average value from around $500 million in the first quarter of 2017 to $3.5 billion in the second quarter. According to GTM Research, utilities have spent nearly $3 billion on grid edge startups, many with sophisticated software and analytical capabilities.

Is your utility developing AI programs for the edge of your smart network? Do you know of any Grid Edge or IWN experts who would be willing to share perspectives in a public forum?  Write to me

Speaker Gallery

We organise 2 expos dedicated to the digital water and energy sectors and focus on innovations that have the potential to radically change how utilities operate: Asian Utility Week on 27-28 June in Bangkok; andAustralian Utility Week on 21-22 November in Melbourne. Here we profile new speakers across our expos that play a key role in delivering digital transformation strategies within their organisation. If you sign up for our shows, you can meet them in person.  Utilities get free tickets!
Andrew Bettenay
Endeavour Energy

Australian Utility Week 2018
Kavita Sinha
Director of Technology

Asian Utility Week 2018
Glory You
Regional Director

Asian Utility Week 2018
Tricia Sneddon
Diamond Impact

Australian Utility Week 2018
Sylvain Vittecoq

Asian Utility Week 2018
Paul Sernia
Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder

Australian Utility Week 2018
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