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White Paper Topic: Communication Networks

Achieving Predictable Reliability

Numerous considerations are in play for utility officials when choosing a data communication system. It is a substantial investment, with the eyes of regulatory agencies and customers watching intently. Among the smartest of decisions an official can make during the selection process is to minimize transmission risk and increase credibility by achieving predictable reliability. To […] 

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Security and Resilience for Utility Network Communications

Utilities are rapidly implementing advanced communication networks, a component of the smart grid. The openness and ubiquity of these networks enable many of the benefits of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) systems, but this same openness can create a vulnerability to the same risks faced by enterprise networks and the internet. This paper reviews the range […] 

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Wireless Smart Grid Communications: A Mesh Versus Point-to-Multipoint Comparison

Utilities have discovered the benefits of wireless communications and now deploy them widely for Automated Meter Reading (AMR), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Distribution Automation (DA) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). Two approaches have come to dominate the industry among electric, water and gas service providers seeking a backbone for their smart grid communications: […] 

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