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Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at recent conferences held in Philadelphia and Denver to assess the role of monitoring and state estimation capabilities in BES reliability – and how technology is transforming their performance. The conferences extensively focused on the effectiveness of design, change control, and backup strategies that best ensure world class situational awareness.

Most presenters acknowledged that EMS and SCADA availability are excellent at the moment, but expects new challenges to monitoring performance will arise as high-tech advances in renewables, Smart Grid, and cyber-attacks rapidly proliferate.