Dec 3rd - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Utilities are recognizing the strategic role of communications as they implement their smart grid plans. While in the past, utilities, and siloed organizations within those utilities chose proprietary narrowband networks for each application, this approach to communications is no longer practical. Borrowing from the enterprise model, utilities are now finding that in most cases it makes more sense to leverage a single high-performance communications infrastructure that can scale and be securely shared by multiple applications. Yet this does not mean we can simply ignore the requirements of individual utility applications such as feeder protection and automation. In this session, we will examine how today’s wireless solutions are meeting the overall requirements of utilities, look at how different wireless technologies compare with regard to specific applications, and suggest considerations utilities should keep in mind as they make their communications choices.