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Grid automation

ABB network management and utility communication technologies enable the evolution of smart grids by providing real-time management of transmission grids, distribution networks, power plants and energy trading markets.

These technologies collect, transmit, store, analyze and reliably communicate critical data from thousands of data points across power networks and over large geographical areas. Large-scale integration of renewable resources, regulation of two-way distribution grids, long-distance transmission, and incorporation of electric cars and charging facilities would be impossible without these technologies.

Wide-area monitoring improves performance of network management systems by enlarging the area the systems can see. Satellite communications can quickly access information from neighboring grids, and use it to prevent the development of widespread faults.