Transmission and distribution substations and assets are under heavy stress and are increasing in age without quick relief in sight. Electrical demand continues to grow steadily every year with utilities unable to financially and physically keep up with replacement and expansion of assets. When you add the much talked about age of the utility workforce with their decades of expertise and knowledge, yet knowing they will be retiring very soon, you see a perfect storm developing. Utilities need to extend the life of their assets, and do so intelligently with automation to also compensate for the workforce that is aging and retiring. In order to accomplish this, more and more utilities are installing sensor technology on critical assets. The value of continuous online sensor monitoring on transmission and distribution systems has been well documented. Benefits of this monitoring include such things as asset optimization, enabling condition based maintenance, detecting component failure before it actually occurs and enabling safe dynamic loading.