The 2018 CIGRE Australia D2 Panel Meeting was held in Hilton, Darwin between 24 and 26 July 2018. D2 focusses on the areas of Information Systems and Telecommunications for Electric Power Utilities and the panel meeting’s aim is to foster information exchange among panel members, who consist of Telecommunication representatives from utilities in Australia and New Zealand.

Over 25 participants consisting of regular panel members and guest speakers from Cisco, Nokia and Telstra attended the panel meeting.  This year’s presentations and discussion topics included Internet of Things (IoT), Asset Lifecycle, Software Defined Network (SDN) and Cybersecurity in the context of power utilities.

Over the three days, there were 19 presentations, 2 discussion workshops and a technical tour of a Power and Water Corporation site on the last day.  Overall the event was a success based from the feedback, and the participants benefited from the discussions and contributions by everyone.

The panel meeting was chaired by Victor Tan, the Convener of the panel, and PSC’s Principal Network and Security Consultant.  The event was sponsored by Power and Water Corporation and co-sponsored by PSC.  The Convener would like to thank the sponsors and all participants for the insightful and productive discussions, and is looking forward to the next annual panel meeting.