Daring to share – Utility Week roundtable

Utilities 5 May 2022 by Dan Thomas

IOTICS co-hosted a roundtable with Utility Week to discuss the potential of interoperable data. Themes in recent reports by the National Preparedness Commission and Utility Week including data sharing to protect vulnerable customers and achieve net zero were discussed. 

Senior industry figures as well as data and innovation leaders attended the roundtable to debate these themes. The discussion had the ‘for’ and ‘against’ a digital spine running throughout. Some thought a selective sharing model was crucial for a more cooperative balance that allows trust between partners to evolve. Others expressed concern that at least some standardisation was necessary to minimise risks. 

The roundtable discussed these points in the context of enforcement, privacy and building digital ecosystems. Business Development Manager Dan Thomas expressed his enthusiasm for the conversations had at the roundtable,

“The roundtable event generated some extremely interesting and sometimes contentious discussions around what’s required to ignite the data sharing landscape,” he said. 

“It’s clear that some organisations want more input and guidance from regulatory bodies, whilst others have decided the time has come to start pushing the boundaries of innovation and commencing work on their cross boundary data ecosystems, such as the work being undertaken by Thames Water, UK Power Networks and Emergency Services to support Vulnerable Customers”

Read the full round table write up here

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