Utilities around the world are implementing smart utility networks to strengthen an aging electricity grid. Smart Grid renovation is well underway in the US, Europe ,China and Australia. Momentum is picking up everywhere in the world. For example: the UK is working on a major implementation, and has just released Smart Meter Technical Specifications;
Smart utility networks using wireless mesh networking technology have seen the largest implementation to date . However, other systems based on Cellular technology, Powerline Communications (PLC), WiLAN, and WiMax, are also being used for backhaul communication.
The special report discusses the network architecture, system and network components, and comparison of different technology options. The report also addresses the standards being used for these networks. While the main focus is on electric utilities, water and gas distribution networks are also addressed.
Smart Utility networks support a number of applications ranging from reading of energy consumption at end-points, consumption/
The report is useful to all those involved in the smart grid/smart energy business. It provides a basic understanding of the network and sensor technologies deployed in the utility distribution network, and the applications they are being used for. Further, the report addresses the utilization of IPv6 in these networks. Standards are an important element and the report addresses the international standards utilized in these networks, and test and certification process employed.
A summary of the report is published in the SPOTLIGHT section in Smart Energy Universe this week. Contact SEU at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about ordering the report.
SEU is currently working on security aspects of the Grid and a report to be released shortly will address cybersecurity issues in the smart grid.
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