In a recent B2B technology survey of U.S.-based utility companies, ABI Research finds that 40% of respondents believe that data security is the leading barrier to adopting innovative technologies. However, it is a barrier that can be overcome, with 64% of large utility enterprises expressing willingness to adopt innovative technologies such as IoT, robotic, and wearable solutions, within the next twelve months.
“Technological transformation on energy as in the deployment of smart meters, sensors, and other IoT devices embedded into energy infrastructure, presents potential security vulnerabilities such as cyberattacks and threats from hackers, which have the potential to cause catastrophic results,” says Raquel Artes, Industry Analyst at ABI Research.
Survey findings suggest that, despite current data security obstacles, utility firms are familiar with innovative technologies and plan to adopt them within the next year. This is especially true among smaller companies:
“Interestingly, security concern barriers to adoption mirror the cloud preference among small and large utility firms,” concludes Artes. “A higher proportion of small firms (68%) firms consider housing their operational data on a hosted cloud platform than large firms (39%). Hybrid cloud is gaining momentum with 36% of respondents said they would deploy hybrid cloud by 2021.”
Additional noteworthy findings from the survey include:
These findings are from ABI Research's Industry Survey: Transformative Technology Adoption and Attitudes – Utilities report. This report is part of the company’s Smart Cities & Smart Spaces research service, which includes research, data, and analyst insights.
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