Using Smart, Contactless Sensors to Optimize Asset Maintenance
AI & Digitization Track
Date & Time
Thursday, October 3, 2024, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Roger Ely Brad Bowness

Energy 4.0 is the electric power industry’s version of the fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), machine learning, and cloud computing are among the technologies that make up Energy 4.0, and despite the growing usage in other industries, some electric utilities are still reluctant to adopt these technologies. This presentation will explain how Southern Company is deploying Energy 4.0 sensors to monitor their 1,100+ transformer fleet. Presenters will outline the security architecture and the benefits that Southern Company realized by using real-time sensors to move to a condition-based maintenance program. This includes revealing the technology used in Energy 4.0 sensors and the supporting architecture, and how the data and access to the network is safely managed. In addition, they’ll explain how 24/7 monitoring of critical equipment and assets increased safety and reliability and allowed Southern Company to implement a condition-based maintenance program and extend maintenance cycles by 200%.