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Automation Rising…

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While you may or may not be aware of it, the utility automation industry is in the midst of a renaissance! For the past several decades, automation has been mostly regarded as a either luxury or as something driven almost exclusively by regulatory mandates. In some cases, it was even seen as a threat to jobs and economic prosperity. But today, that has all changed as utilities face the dual threats of an aging workforce and declining infrastructure, both of which threaten the security and reliability of the electric, gas and water commodities that are not only vital to our way of life but to life itself.

Utility automation and information technology provide the means for capturing the brain trust being drained from the utility workforce as Baby Boomers retire as well as a way to provide fast and efficient surveillance and control over an increasingly fragile infrastructure deeply in need of upgrades, enhancement, expansion — and eventually — replacement. Clearly, it will take decades to replace all of the aging infrastructure and to rebuild our human capital, but automation provides a practical, economical and readily available path toward that goal.