| | OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 20174Energy sector is witnessing an interesting transformation across its infrastructure, operations and business models, which is preparing the sector to better address increasing demand, tighter emission regulations, greater reliability, proliferation of distributed energy resources, and an aging infrastructure. A huge part of this transformation, at a granular level, is facilitated by sensors that consistently collects and transfers the critical information about energy infrastructure, enhancing operational efficiencies and improving processes. The data from sensors help enhance the resilience of grid, detect power outage, and neutralize power quality disturbances while enabling all stakeholders to make informed decisions about power usage and generation. The 'interconnectedness' ultimately leads to realization of self-healing grid and plug-and-play generation--overall an intelligent grid. It will also play an important role in keeping commercial and residential buildings energy efficient by bringing transparency into energy consumption and system functioning. In addition, the sensors are playing pivotal role in helping global oil and gas organizations hunt for hydrocarbons in increasingly remote and extreme environments. They help gather data remotely, while eliminating the need for workers to be physically present in extreme environments such as ultra-deepwater. Also, the terabytes of data generated by sensors can further be leveraged with big data analytics for better insights and productivity. IoT, which encompasses sensors as its building blocks, is poised to have a total economic impact of $11.1 trillion by 2025, with maximum impact contributed by the energy sector, reports McKinsey. Meanwhile, a sensor network comes with its own set of challenges--the vulnerability for cyber attacks. There is a need to secure the network not only from external agents but also from the deliberate attacks by disgruntled employees, industrial espionage, and terrorists. Our goal with this special edition is to help energy organizations find best-of-breed sensor solution providers that help companies unleash possibilities that were previously unheard off. This edition blends thought-leadership from subject matter experts with real stories on what selected vendors are doing for their clients, including exclusive insights from CIOs and CXOs. Let us know what you think.Laura DavisEditor-in-ChiefEnergy CIOInsights EditorialAn Intelligent Energy Infrastructure Copyright© 2017 ValleyMedia Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part of any text, photography or illustrations without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations. Views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the magazine and accordingly, no liability is assumed by the publisher thereof.OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2017 Editor-in-Chief Laura DavisEditorial StaffT:510.556.2284VisualizersStephen ThomasJeevan JyothiSalesMailing AddressValley Media Inc.44790 S. Grimmer Blvd Suite 202, Fremont, CA 94538T:510.936.8381, F:510-894-8405 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2017, Vol 02- Issue 10Published Monthly by ValleyMedia Inc. To subscribe to Energy CIO InsightsVisit www.energycioinsights.com Anna Matthewanna@energycioinsights.comElizabeth LeeJonathan SmithJudy SimonBrian JacksonSandra LewisRobert Jones*Some of the Insights are based on the interviews with respective CIOs and CXOs to our editorial staff
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