Announced on Thursday 21 November, Western Power Distribution (WPD), ElectraLink and IBM have
launched a Virtual Monitoring (VM) Data project. Funded through WPD’s Network Innovation Allowance, it
is the first time in the UK that virtual asset monitoring, using customer data, has been attempted on an
electricity network and will look to facilitate the uptake of electric vehicles and other low carbon
technologies to manage both increased load and generation. The project will analyse data from
ElectraLink’s Energy Market Data Hub using IBM’s analytics services and IBM Watson Studio.