European Utilities Telecom Council 2017 Recap

Tait attended the European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC) Conference in Lisbon last week, where 120 Delegates traveled from all over Europe to discuss how Telecommunications empower digital utilities. With over 40 years in this sector, it was a great opportunity to share our experience managing utilities projects all over the world and demonstrate our product range.

We presented Tait GridLink and our Unified Critical Communications solutions, UnifyVoice and UnifyVehicle.

Tait EUTC 2017

GridLink attracted the greatest interest, with attendees seeking to ensure reliable network operation through the early recognition of faults and efficient communication for the resolution of malfunctions. It was great to have the GridLink demo kit at the booth to show how it mitigates these challenges.

There was a lot of discussion around Cybersecurity at the event. As smart metering and smart grids require open IT infrastructures, meters must be connected to the grid when installed in households. With this brings the increased risk of hacking, causing the risk of partial or total power failure. Strong encryption processes are becoming even more important in order to protect data and communication. GridLink supports global SCADA standards, so communications are encrypted to prevent unauthorized access to your electricity network. In addition, access to the DMR radio network is restricted to authorized terminals using DMR standard security authentication protocols.

Tait representatives enjoyed showing attendees how our Unified Critical Communications solutions can support utilities and overcome their major challenges by maintaining a reliable network, ensuring safe and reliable field staff communications and protecting the network investment. We have recently produced an interactive animation explaining the benefits of Distribution Automation, which you can view here.

EUTC conference attendees also had the opportunity to discuss industry-specific subjects with our experts including Jeffrey McElroy, Tait Global Vice President for Energy & Utilities. In his presentation, Jeffrey discussed a solution for issues within the industry including the unification of legacy infrastructure with web based applications and the merge of IT/OT systems with IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things).

Many thanks to all conference attendees that visited us this year! If you would like more information about any of our utilities solutions or to discuss a solution for your organization, contact us here.


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