Secondary substations, overhead lines and cables are examples of crucial components in the distribution grid. Unfortunately, today many of these components are not monitored at all, or monitored manually by visual inspection at certain intervals.  For instance cables are usually never monitored. Secondary substations are normally visually inspected once a year, hence the door could be open or the station could be affected by flooding without the knowledge of the operator. Overhead lines are inspected using helicopters and analysis of photos from inspections is a large manual job. We believe that the future distribution grid will incorporate intelligent devices for sensing, controlling, and decision making. This will play an important role in order to achieve more cost-effective operations of the future electric distribution grid. Increased remote monitoring will also, along with new tools and methodologies for decision support, lead to more optimal planning and asset management of the future system.