UU 308: Developing a Versatile and Effective Sensor Strategy

Jan 25, 2022
C155, First Level
Utility University

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With the expanding use of wireless communications and the explosive use of a variety of sensors to support situational awareness and provide actionable data for operational systems in the energy utility space, there is an urgent need to establish common frameworks, architectures, and processes to minimize design time, but ensure consistency and standardization. This course will use experiences gained working with a major Investor-Owned Utility to develop a Sensor Playbook. This tool provides a set of reference architectures options for field sensors, telecommunications networks, and data management and treatment within the enterprise. The playbook guides the business user and the solution team through a step-by-step approach aimed at facilitating the requirements gathering, establishing guidelines for addressing cybersecurity, and delineating the sensor lifecycle management considerations.

Attendees will acquire:

This course will lead the student through the process of creating level 0 (highest level) and level 1 (functional level) reference architectures for each area (sensor, telecommunications, and data collection and management) and the development of interview questions that are targeted to extract business requirements into functional and non-functional requirements that would lead to the most appropriate option selections. During the course, students will be broken into smaller working groups to apply their specific needs using templates to reinforce the learning process and to explore how this method could be applied to their specific work situation.

Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications:

While some knowledge of underlying technologies such as DNP3 Master/Slave; digital cellular (4G and 5G), firewalls, IP routing, cloud services, data lakes and historians, application services, etc., would be helpful, it is not a requirement. Likewise, knowledge of Enterprise Architecture tools such as TOGAF would be helpful, but not required. The material will focus on a top-down building block approach.

The expected outcome for students participating in this course would be to learn how to structure a collaborative and fruitful process between business users, architects, and solutions providers; to develop and use a standardized catalog of options to streamline concept to the delivery effort, and to ensure cyber and device management steps are taken into consideration early in the design phase.


  • Develop a standardized and streamlined approach for implementing and effectively using sensors
  • Learn how to understand and gather requirements between business users and solutions staff
  • Use customizable templates to address the specific needs of your utility's situation.
Ronald Chebra, Vice President, Grid Modernization - EnerNex, LLC
Brian Smith, Principal Consultant - EnerNeX
Oleg Tosic, IT Architect - ConEdison