With the implementation of smart lighting, electric vehicle integration and charging and wifi hubs across cities, utilities are well positioned to utilise the existing SCADA, metering and geophysical data at its disposal to integrate these initiatives and provide insights into not only the seamless operation of these but also into the very necessary cybersecurity considerations to ensure all of the communication and integration is secure. Given the system architecture many utilities employ across a wide area to ensure robust communication systems, this is a point of expertise that should not be ignored in any smart city initiative.

In our special feature on smart cities we explore undertakings in the United States, Europe and Asia to fully understand how utilities can continue to be a key leader in smart city development.