IoT Will Transform Utilities in Croatia
Croatian company IN2 organized a special business-technology conference aimed at representatives from utility companies. More than 150 experts from gas and water distribution and supply services sector gathered in the Plaza Center in Zagreb.
The key conference topics included discussions on new business models brought about by digital transformation in Croatian natural gas and water distribution services sector, application of next generation communication networks and making use of benefits provided by Internet-of-Things (IoT). This technology is based on networking large number of various types of devices to facilitate collection, exchange and data processing.
“Internet-of-things technologies are going to play a key role in the utility services sector, as they are bound to drive digital transformation in this area. IN2 has the power and the resolve to become a competence and excellence center for digital transformation, both in Croatia and the wider region”, said member of IN2 management board, Katarina Šiber Makar , citing IDC data showing 35 billion devices being connected to the Internet by 2020.
Two directives by the European Commission are especially important in Croatia’s utility sector, the one dealing with energy efficiency that defines smart or intelligent meters, and the one detailing the establishment of a unified energy market. “There are 35 gas distributors in Croatia, and more than 160 companies in the water distribution business. Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency will therefore conduct a study that will serve as a foundation in selection of the best-fit technologies for digital transformation in utilities”, emphasized Nikola Vištica, manager from the Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency.
During conference demo sessions, IN2 showcased a set of digital transformation technologies and solutions offered in Croatia. Attendees therefore had the opportunity to see the application of GIS technologies in digital transformation via the INSPIRE directive and the way SigFox technology employs Internet-of-Things concepts, find out more about LoRa solutions and data unification methods, and learn about using Internet resources through cloud infrastructures, among other things.