Nov 15th - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Electric distribution utilities are recognizing the strategic role of communications as they implement their grid modernization plans. In the past, utilities and siloed organizations within those utilities chose to implement separate low bandwidth, proprietary communication networks for each application. However, utilities are finding that this approach to communications is no longer practical. Borrowing from the enterprise model, utilities are finding that, in most cases, it makes more sense to leverage a single private, modern, high-performance communications infrastructure that can scale, be securely shared by multiple applications and user groups, and be tailored to the specific requirements of applications, connected apparatus, and service territory geography. In this session, we will examine how modern private wireless communication networks constructed using a mix of broadband mesh and PTP/PTMP, narrowband mesh and PTP/PTMP, and cellular technologies can meet the overall needs of utilities as well as the requirements of specific applications.