Asset lifecycle management solution for
E&U from IBM and Cisco

Executive summary

The goal - Reduce acquisition, operations and maintenance costs

The pressure is on to improve the return on your assets and defer capital spending. The asset lifecycle management solution for energy and utilities from IBM and Cisco can help you more intelligently assess your asset portfolio and investment programs. Decrease operations and maintenance costs with improved network reliability. And identify security risks, assist with fault diagnosis and enable superior collaboration with personnel.

The advantage - Keep a finger on the pulse of your infrastructure

The asset lifecycle management solution helps field technicians proactively monitor and collect information from assets located across your infrastructure to prevent outages before they happen, extend asset life and gather important data to support new investments. Network devices monitor the status and performance of network assets and relay the information back to your enterprise. Ultimately, the solution works to extend equipment life, prioritize the replacement of assets and defer costly network upgrades.

The benefits - Optimize capital expenditures

To improve utility network availability, security and asset management, this solution can dramatically improve asset reliability, network utilization and resource predictability. This means your company can help:

Business view

The goal - Proactive asset monitoring for greater reliability

With increasing regulatory focus on network and enterprise security, utilities need a systemic approach. A security-rich, reliable and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)-compliant network infrastructure can dynamically monitor the virtual real-time performance of your transmission and distribution network assets, then integrate that information into enterprise applications. The asset lifecycle management solution for energy and utilities from IBM and Cisco can help you optimize capital and operations and maintenance expenditures, while improving your ability to provide reliable service to your customers.

The advantage - Leaders with leading solutions

Why is the partnership between IBM and Cisco so advantageous to energy and utility businesses like yours?

The benefits - Network monitoring for greater reliability

A security-rich, reliable and SCADA-compliant IP-enabled network infrastructure can proactively monitor the real-time performance of your transmission and distribution network assets and then near seamlessly integrate that information into enterprise applications.

The asset lifecycle management solution can help your company:

The approach - IP can power up the power company

By replacing outdated equipment at substations with IP phones and IP-enabled devices on a secure network infrastructure, IBM and Cisco can help utilities address both information and physical security issues.

For example, physical security issues at the substation can be addressed by IP-enabling a magnetic door lock. A technician arriving at a remote unmanned substation can use his IP-enabled phone in the truck to contact the data center. He can inform them he is at the substation and request they unlock the magnetic door via an IP-enabled process initiated by the data center. By utilizing an IP-enabled security camera and live video feeds transmitted over the IP network, data center personnel can validate that the engineer is the correct individual, and unlock the magnetic door from the data center. In addition, access points such as meters in the substation can also be IP-enabled, and data analytics can be sent over the IP infrastructure in the IP SCADA applications to monitor managed service levels.

The financial advantage - Improve your return on investment

The asset lifecycle management solution from IBM and Cisco is designed to deliver payback throughout the life of your assets. We can help you:

Technical details

The issues - Support strategic goals

Business managers need to make asset decisions based on a comprehensive analysis of enterprise information. Do your systems provide the on demand availability of asset data they need? Is your infrastructure flexible to meet changing processes and requirements? Implement the asset lifecycle management solution to support your organization's strategic goals.

The benchmark - Leverage our technology experience

IBM has built a roadmap for digitizing your utility's network operations and is partnering with Cisco to provide the IP-enabled network infrastructure. Both partners bring deep expertise and hands-on experience to the table.

The components - The technology, tools and services you need

Deploying an asset management roadmap and the infrastructure to support it requires a comprehensive plan and proven technology. The asset lifecycle management solution from IBM and Cisco is designed with a flexible, customized format.

Technologies from IBM include:

The implementation - Replace outdated technology

For large utilities, collecting supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) data from hundreds of substations over dialup connections using outdated technology is extremely inefficient and costly. IBM and Cisco can help. Through a combination of optical and wireless solutions, companies can deploy dedicated, high-speed connections to their substations to streamline operations and the collection of regulatory data. Moreover, by using an Integrated Services Router at each substation, they gain the ability to easily implement new services, such as voice over WLAN, video surveillance and security, at substations.

By delivering IP-enabled services to substations, the asset lifecycle management solution could help utilities:

The cost of ownership - Lower cost of ownership

The asset lifecycle management solution for energy and utilities can help you lower your total cost of ownership. These offerings leverage an intelligent, IP-enabled infrastructure to help: