The digital revolution has made it way, at long last, to the field of electrical engineering. Digital utilities are at an all-time high; electrical requirements are rising daily, and don’t look to be stopping anytime soon. This is an important, explosive time for electrical engineering, in particular; from whom does the average citizen of the developed world access their electricity but us, the electrical engineers?
Growth At Every Level In the Chain of Power
From the growth in popularity of electric cars to the changes in smart grids, solar panels, and renewable energy, humanity is quickly changing the way it looks at electricity. Advancements in technology allow for the growth of the Internet and with it, the eventual evolution to a fully digital utility system.
Digital management of resources, such as lighting, thermostats, and “smart” home advancements has already begun. Situations such as this one allow for a greater control over electrical assets, as well as the potential to improve efficiency and productivity to higher percentages than ever before in the realm of electrical engineering.
New and Improved Frontiers of Technology
The advancement of technology brings electrical engineering and digital technologies; thus, digital transformation at its finest. This advancement can and will allow us to merge the two, allowing the future of power consumption to reach new heights of sustainability. We can harness the power of connectivity in a way that’s never been seen before!
Even, for example, seemingly small things, such as a power outage, can be affected by this potential connectivity. “Smart” technology and sensors can provide a replacement for manpower; rather than searching for the breach, we can use sensors and other tech to troubleshoot problems, perhaps even catch hiccups before they become issues in the chain.
Advancement At Our Fingertips
While most, if not all, businesses and companies can agree that digital transformation is the way of the future, they can’t seem to agree on the most effective method. We must, therefore, align with the future in the best interests of the public, making the transition as easy and painless as possible for potential employers.
In this respect, digitization must and will become paramount to the success of a business’ transformation. As we watch the shift of electrical appliances, programs, and utility becoming “smarter,” so too will we advance and evolve, digitizing ever more of our engineering to keep up with modern times.
Digital transformation will change more than just the way consumers use the Internet; we have the potential to transform not only energy, but the way we use and manage the electrical systems of developed countries. As daunting as these changes may appear, we are in a unique position as electrical engineers in this changing world, and with these changes, we can keep up with, and perhaps even eclipse, the market changes we’ll see in the coming years.
Eventually, every utility will have undergone some type of digital transformation. It only makes sense, then, that we are the first to take the plunge.