Utilities and energy companies are investing billions of dollars in upgrading and digitizing their infrastructure, from generation to electric grids, metering systems, and other energy infrastructure. In a textbook example of the Internet of Things, these smart grids and smart meters use embedded, intelligent sensors to report massive amounts of real-time and interval data about their operations and environments. Companies that can process and analyze this data in near-real time — and handle it with appropriate privacy and security protections — are positioned to optimize operations, minimize service disruptions, and reduce costs. These companies can use data-driven insights to create innovative products and services, encourage appropriate energy usage, and increase customer satisfaction.
Unlocking the value of big data requires transforming the information infrastructure into a more flexible, distributed, and open environment. Intel offers a choice of big data solutions based on industry-standard chips, servers, and the Apache Hadoop* framework.