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White Paper Topic: Communication Networks

The Utility’s Guide to Evaluating Network as a Service (NaaS)

The AMI network is the backbone to your daily business operations. Utilities must carefully consider many factors when choosing a Network as a Service (NaaS) provider. This white paper serves as a tool to guide your decision making process. Understand what to look for, questions to ask, and options to consider as you research communication […] 

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Sensus RF Radio Safety

Electromagnetic radiation is a natural phenomenon that is vital to human existence. It is everywhere around us, be it the visible light illuminating all we see, and natural or man-made radio waves. However, while it is an inherent part of the universe, some are concerned about potential detrimental effects, which has led to confusion and […] 

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Four Fundamental Pillars for a Robust and Mission-Critical IoT Communication Network

Mission-Critical IoT is the term used to describe the intelligent network utility companies implement to enable near-real-time communication of their water, electricity and gas networks. A failure in any of these networks could result in catastrophic consequences for consumers and untold financial losses for the utilities. The critical aspect these networks represent mandates the importance […] 

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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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