Grid Analytics Europe 2018 to help utilities companies better leverage data

07 June 2018 Authored by Consultancy.uk

In September the 2018 edition of Grid Analytics Europe takes place in the UK. Nearly 150 professionals in the utility sector will convene in London for a review of the latest big data management, analytics and visualisation approaches which will power the future of smart utilities.

The utilities sector is facing a number of key challenges over the coming period. The energy industry has already been undergoing a major overhaul in terms of realigning from its dependence on non-renewables, but in order to best manage the improved efficiency required to make renewables work while demand for energy continues to rise, companies have been prompted to engage in the utilisation of AI technologies.

Artificial Intelligence is widely billed to change the way many industries create and deliver their products and services in the future, and energy provision is one of them. AI is expected to reap efficiency gains of a fifth in utilities within five years, yet less than a quarter of the industry reportedly have a plan to harness the technology.

Grid Analytics Europe 2018 to help utilities companies better leverage data

The fourth annual Grid Analytics Europe 2018 conference will draw together top talent from the big data industry for an intensive three day event in the UK’s capital city. Speakers will share technical strategies for migrating toward a more data-driven organisation, leveraging new and existing data sources to drive use-case expansion. Additionally, the impact of emerging technologies such as Machine Learning, AI, Blockchain and Cloud will be considered in the context of next generation big data capabilities.

The line-up of experts includes host of well-known names in the utilities industry. Among the speakers are Luca Grella, Innovation Workstream Lead for UK Power Networks, Samuel Young, Analytics Development Leader at National Grid and Bas van Dorst, Principal Solution Specialist, Data & Artificial Intelligence with Microsoft Advanced Analytics, and Dieter Vonken, Manager, Asset Management Excellence & Data Analytics at Big Four firm Deloitte. Alongside an extensive case-study programme, the event will also feature a 2-hour Cloud tutorial, a technology innovation panel discussion, a series of intimate end-user roundtables, a live demo lab of the latest systems and solutions, and an evening networking reception open to all participants.

Mandana White, Director at Phoenix Forums, the organisation behind the event, said, “Since the original launch of this event in 2013 we have mapped utilities’ progress with big data and recognise that many are now beyond the ‘enthusiastic beginner’ stage and have entered the ‘disillusioned learner’ phase of their big data implementation. Our intention is to provide a programme of inspiration, information and insights, that will help propel utility big data projects into ‘peak performance’.”

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