Final Thoughts

When we think about finding solutions to complex problems it is not a bad idea to consider what has been done in other industries. And what we may find in some cases is that new technologies have been inspired by nature - you just need to know where to look.

When we look at Distribution Automation, we see that it is a complex system with functionality distributed between individual devices located on different branches of a distribution feeder
So, we need to think about what is the best architecture to use in the design of a distribution automation system.
This is where we can implement the Octopus Principle.
We have heard a lot about the intelligence of an octopus. Probably many of you remember Paul the Octopus. At the 2010 World Cup, the German soccer team went on an impressive tear, and it was all successfully predicted by Paul - including the Germans semifinal loss to eventual champion Spain.

If we look at the octopus’ nervous system, we will find out that an octopus' brain is proportionally as large as some mammals' brains. It displays a high level of organization in order to do things like coordinate all of the chromataphores' color changes when it needs to hide, or do something with its eight arms. And this is where we find something special - that the brain is only part of the story. Sixty percent of the octopus' nerves are distributed throughout its eight arms.
The arms of an octopus are not only incredibly strong and flexible, but also have a mind of their own. Studies indicate that each arm has its own independent nervous system. It turns out that the brain simply delegates orders, while the arm is responsible for deciding exactly how to execute the order.
Essentially this means that the brain can give a quick assignment to the arm and then does not have to think about it anymore.
Does that sound familiar, when you think about a distribution automation system architecture?

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