Principal Solutions Architect
Abstract of presentation

Managing Smart Grid Communications Network Interoperability

Managing Smart Grid Communications Network Interoperability

Electric utilities are developing & building new, expanding existing and leasing multi-vendor, multi-layer, heterogeneous communications network services and technologies. These services & technologies include fiber, microwave, SONET, DWDM, Ethernet, IPVPN, IP/MPLS, wireless mesh, WiMAX, LTE, etc. There will be millions of upgraded and new IP-based intelligent devices introduced into the electric utility networks, multiple co-existing integrated communications networks (e.g. HAN/NAN/FAN/WAN/LAN), and disparate interfaces, systems, processes and data semantics & integrations to be managed for the communications network supporting numerous Smart Grid initiatives. Communications requirements and business cases differ between various Smart Grid initiatives such as AMI, Demand Response & Distribution Automation, for example, in terms of latency, bandwidth requirements, capacity management, etc. One thing is certain – the increasing complexity of these multi-technology communications networks require its own communications network interoperability and network management architecture in order to maintain a reliable, scalable, safe & secure grid. There are existing best practices from the telecom industry that are directly applicable that should be considered to reduce Smart Grid implementation risk, and current utility implementation examples that can be cited.

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