3Q 2018

Navigant Research Leaderboard: Distribution Power Sensors

Assessment of Strategy and Execution for Nine Distribution Power Sensor Providers

Historically, visibility into the distribution grid has been extremely low. Compared to the transmission grid, the distribution network is made up of low cost, low risk assets. The impact of a failure on the distribution network, while never ideal, is often not catastrophic. Thus, utilities have prioritized spending on the transmission grid.

With near ubiquitous penetration of grid monitoring on the transmission grid throughout the developed world, utilities are shifting their focus to distribution grids. The distribution grid generally contains less expensive assets than the transmission network but has significantly more line miles and is often more complex. It is also host to nearly 90% of all outages. The rise in distributed energy resources (DER) such as EVs, microgrids, and utility-scale renewables has shifted load dynamics throughout the distribution network. Since utilities need to know what is happening on the network, the market for distribution line and pole-, pad-, and vault-mounted transformer sensors is experiencing significant growth. Younger companies such as Sentient that have full-fledged distribution sensors and advanced communications and analytics software portfolios join established companies such as Schneider Electric and Eaton to make up a strong group of major vendors in this space.

This Navigant Research Leaderboard examines the strategy and execution of nine leading suppliers active in the distribution power sensor market. These vendors are rated on 13 criteria: vision; go-to-market strategy; partners; business model innovation; sensor connectivity; technology; geographic reach; sales and marketing, sensor performance; sensor quality and reliability; product portfolio; pricing; and staying power. Using Navigant Research’s proprietary Leaderboard methodology, vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked with the goal of providing industry participants with an objective assessment of these companies’ relative strengths and weaknesses in the growing global distribution power sensor market. 

Top Vendors

1. Sentient

2. Aclara

3. Franklin Electric

4. Eaton/Cooper

5. QinetiQ

6. Landis+Gyr

7. General Electric

8. Schneider Electric

9. SEL

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Tables | Charts | Figures 14
  • Which companies are leading the global distribution power sensor market? 
  • Which companies are the Contenders in the global distribution power sensor market?
  • What are the key strengths and weaknesses of the companies ranked in this Leaderboard?
  • What are the major trends within the competitive marketplace for distribution power sensors?
  • What are the most important characteristics of a successful distribution power sensor?
  • Which distribution power sensor providers are limited to a few regions and which have global reach?
  • Distribution sensor manufacturers
  • Grid equipment vendors
  • Utilities
  • Smart grid solutions providers
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Market Introduction

1.2   Vendor Selection

1.3   The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid

2. Market Overview

2.1   Market Definition

2.2   Market Drivers

2.3   Market Trends

3. The Navigant Research Leaderboard

3.1   The Navigant Research Leaderboard Categories

3.1.1   Leaders

3.1.2   Contenders

3.1.3   Challengers

3.1.4   Followers

3.2   The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid

4. Company Rankings

4.1   Leaders

4.1.1   Sentient

4.1.2   Aclara

4.2   Contenders

4.2.1   Franklin Electric

4.2.2   Eaton/Cooper

4.2.3   QinetiQ

4.2.4   Landis+Gyr

4.2.5   General Electric

4.2.6   Schneider Electric

4.2.7   SEL

5. Acronym and Abbreviation List

6. Table of Contents

7. Table of Charts and Figures

8. Scope of Study and Methodology

8.1   Scope of Study

8.2   Sources and Methodology

8.2.1   Vendor Selection

8.2.2   Ratings Scale

8.2.2.1   Score Calculations

8.2.3   Criteria Definitions

8.2.3.1   Strategy

8.2.3.2    Execution

  • The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid
  • Sentient Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Aclara Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Franklin Electric Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Eaton/Cooper Strategy and Execution Scores
  • QinetiQ Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Landis+Gyr Strategy and Execution Scores
  • GE Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Schneider Electric Strategy and Execution Scores
  • SEL Strategy and Execution Scores
  • The Navigant Research Leaderboard Overall Scores
  • Vendor Scores
  • Vendor Scores on Strategy Criteria
  • Vendor Scores on Execution Criteria
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