IoT booms after COVID
Electrical utility companies in the UK are increasingly turning to Internet of Thigs (IoT) connected devices following the pandemic.
According to new research by telecommunications firm Inmarsat, 84 per cent of electrical utilities either accelerated, or intend to accelerate, their adoption of IoT technology following the COVID-19 pandemic.
80 per cent of respondents have fully deployed at least one IoT project. 42 percent achieved this in the 12-month period from Q2 2020.
Commenting on the survey results, Damian Lewis, Market Development at Inmarsat, said in Electrical Review, “As with all industries, Covid-19 has served to accelerate digital transformation and IoT adoption across the electrical utilities sector.
“Lockdowns due to the pandemic in 2020 caused electrical consumption in many parts of the world to drop by 20 per cent from 2019 levels before they came back to pre-Covid levels as societies opened up again.
“While residential energy demand increased, it did not counterbalance the drop in demand in factories, offices, and other commercial locations. This period was unexpected and unprecedented and has underlined to energy producers and distributors the importance of being able to effectively monitor and control their operations remotely and autonomously.”