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Abstract— The “Internet of Things” (IoT) vision promises that organizations can achieve significant operational efficiency through cloud-based applications and Big Data analytics. This paper provides a brief discussion of the challenges of cloud-based applications for utility automation and alternative approaches already used in a number of utilities. The paper then provides an overview of real-world applications that have been deployed at utilities to collect and process data from substation devices for asset management, while co-existing with SCADA, and meeting cybersecurity requirements. The paper will discuss the architecture used for data acquisition and the challenges raised by managing very large numbers of data points. Finally, the author will briefly discuss how the data is put to use to provide improved operational efficiency.

Presented at Power and Energy Automation Conference, Spokane, WA.

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