Smart meters are deployed across critical systems at large utilities companies, for example, power, gas, and water utilities. These systems are the lifeblood of infrastructure and failure can lead to catastrophic outcomes. Typically, smart meters allow for bidirectional communication in real time in a way that allows a gauge of some type to be adjusted. A wide variety of industries are applying analytics to the data being collected by smart meters to optimize service. For example, an oil or gas company no longer needs to physically send a worker to a location to read a meter. The provider already knows how much fuel has been consumed and how much remains.
Real time monitoring of smart meters can help organizations better analyze failures remotely, by way of remotely detecting line down failures. Energy companies and water utilities make extensive use of smart sensors to track everything from oil reserves to the quality of the water supply. Heavily regulated utilities are required to meet established SLA’s during demand response events, and machine data from smart meters can drive visibility into how they are responding.
When your Splunk deployment is ingesting smart meter data, you can use it to accomplish IoT and business analytics use cases.