The Utilities Technology Council has given Ciena the UTC Impact Award for Software in 2018. Ciena’s Blue Planet Analytics won because it supports utilities’ mission-critical work and allows for maximum network uptime.
"UTC established the IMPACT Awards in 2016 to honor the technologies and solutions provided by UTC Associate Members serving the utilities industry,” commented Bobbi Harris, the UTC’s vice president of market strategy and development. “Ciena has been not only a UTC member but moreover a partner for our utility members. We are proud to honor Ciena’s work with the 2018 UTC IMPACT Award."
Blue Planet Analytics offers a range of applications that are relevant to utilities.
Topology Discovery is one Blue Planet Analytics application. It collects and aggregates data from various network and application layers, bringing together information from the legacy SONET/SDN, new packet optical, and upper level app layers. As a result, operators can automate some network operations.
Another is called Network Health Predictor. This analytics application for network assurance assess the real-time status of the network. And it represents that via visualization.
That way utilities can easily see what’s happening on their networks, and spot risks and trends. Benefits of Network Health Predictor include predictive analytics and improved reliability and availablity.
Speaking of utility network availability, UTC notes the importance of it and the cost of outages. For example, the 2003 blackout in the U.S. northeast left 50 million subscribers here and in Ontario without power for two days. And it racked up $6 billion in economic losses. And Black & Veatch (News - Alert) says network reliability is the utility industry’s top priority.
“The communications networks operated and maintained by utilities include wireline and wireless systems that traverse all kinds of terrain, stretching from cities to farms, cutting across multiple states,” UTC explains. “They provide mission-critical voice and data services for private internal communications. Some utilities also leverage their communications networks to support wholesale and retail commercial communications services.”
Edited by Maurice Nagle