Tune In: Red Hat webinar talks open source in the smart grid

The power grid is a web of legacy and proprietary technologies that are often incompatible. The risk of failure and cyberattacks is growing. In fact, a recent investigation conducted by USA Today multiple newspapers and TV stations and drawing on government records, federal energy data and a survey of more than 50 electric utilities, found that about once every four days, part of the nation’s power grid is struck by a cyber or physical attack. To combat the problems, the energy industry in the United States is investing billions of dollars to modernize the nation’s electric system, and open source has a key role in the effort. Learn more in this Red Hat webinar Oct. 8.

The webinar details how open source is helping to solve organizational business problems and helping drive out excessive costs in the nation’s power grid. It will provide details on key open source, industry initiatives from the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, a public/private funded, non-profit organization that’s focused on standards to advance grid modernization, and DNP-3, a set of communications protocols used between components in process automation systems, mainly in utilities such as electric and water companies. The webinar will outline how Red Hat’s solutions and services can play a role, delivering enterprise-grade open source technology to ensure reliability and compliance in the power grid.

Specifically, the webinar will explore concepts such as:

  • Field interoperability using open source technologies like MQTT and AMQP as a field message bus to build and connect transmission and distribution assets.
  • Video surveillance and the use of open source storage solutions that can help with field data collection as well as serve as a basis for cloud services.
  • Managing smart grid infrastructure by using Linux for gateways and substation computing and even to securely deploy Windows solutions.

Speaking at the hour-long webinar will be Chad McIntyre, Red Hat’s channel sales account manager serving customers, partners, shareholders, and community efforts to push open source and standards into the smart grid ecosystem, and Rob Wilmoth, Red Hat’s senior solutions architect and a technical subject matter expert for utilities/smart grid.

Be sure to join in on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Register for the webinar, “Open source in the smart grid: Scale, security, and interoperability in the field,” today.

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