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Grow with the Cloud – an analyst’s insight on Huawei Connect 2017

by Rajalingam Chinnasamy 22 Sep 2017
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Grow with the Cloud
–an analyst’s insight on Huawei Connect 2017

By Rajalingam Arikaarampalayam

Technology, education and interactivity with over 10,000 leading experts across a broad spectrum of industries-Huawei Connect 2017 delivered all of this throughout the three days (September 5th to 7th) in Shanghai, China. Huawei Connect was a well-attended event with more than 20,000 attendees from over 120 countries. This impressive event consisted of 600 plus speakers and over 200 tracks and sessions. The theme of this conference and tagline of this conference was: Grow with the Cloud. Huawei strongly believes that cloud drives digital transformation impacting businesses as well as individual lifestyles. Companies seizing these opportunities will gain a competitive advantage over its peers.

While there was a wide selection of different technologies on display at the event, from a digital grid perspective the focus was mainly on distribution automation (DA), smart meters, substation automation (SA) and monitoring robots. Currently majority of these applications are not leveraging cloud solution. However, Huawei recognizes and highlighted that these applications will eventually leverage cloud solutions in the near future and the same was resonated throughout the conference.

Wired to Wireless

Sessions focused on the communication technology is shifting from mobile internet to Internet-of-Energy (IoE) enabled by increased deployment of RS232 and RS485 type bus. Shift happening in terms of transmission networks moving from wired to wireless, networking modes from bus to cellular, and application scenarios from onsite inspection to remote monitoring and real time management. Such real time management is achieved with the help of communication technologies including Bluetooth, ZigBee, 4G and 5G.

The smart grid sessions covered topics ranging from building IEEE PLC_IoT standards for interoperable PLC_IoT ecosystems, IoT and Big Data role in enabling bi-directional power flow, Role of private wireless networks for next generation power networks.

From these sessions, I learned the current issues facing the transmission and distribution industry and key solutions that have been developed in the recent years. IEEE P1901.1 is working on developing standards for Medium Frequency Power Line Communications for Smart Grid Applications. This standard will enable interoperability of products developed by multiple vendors. Huawei is one of the key contributors for developing this standard as it partners with IEEE in developing this standard. Similarly with the role of big data, it is expected over 50 billion IoT capable components along the energy sector by 2020. These components are expected to generate huge volumes of data laying foundation for the energy internet in the long run.

Industrial Robots and Technology Convergence

The highlight of the event was the opportunity to interact with architects from Huaweii’s power solution team and transmission business units of Huawei. This helped me in understanding the convergence in application of technologies across various sectors including smart cities, smart water, smart power, smart oil & gas and smart grid.

It has been estimated over 2 million industrial robots are running over 100 unmanned factories creating significant impact on all industries. The vision of smart grid might be achieved at much faster rate with solutions like 5G, Internet of Things and Cloud. The future of grid management will be strongly influenced by data generated from millions of sensors and cloud intelligence. Additionally, I had a chance to network with diverse group of attendees involved in various businesses including solar, smart healthcare, smart water, data centres, smart factory, smart city and IoT solutions.

The entire conference was a great opportunity to understand smart grid industry as a whole. Hence, I’m grateful for the Huawei team (including those I met – Louie Liu and Eric Xiewei) who invited me for the Huawei Connect 2017 conference.

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