Advantages of Hybrid Wireless Field Communication Networks for Smart Grids

2017-02-13 - Electric Energy Online article by Bert Williams of ABB Wireless - February 2017
To reap the reliability, efficiency, security and customer satisfaction benefits of building a smarter grid, electric utilities are deploying smart meters, intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) and other digital apparatus along distribution feeders and in substations. Electric utilities are also equipping field workers with laptop, tablet and handheld computers. Coupling these field devices with specialized computers and software in substations, plus enterprise software applications in utility data centers is a sound business and technical strategy. Why? Because it enables the operation of valuable utility applications such as automated metering infrastructure (AMI), substation automation, distribution automation, outage management, and automatic load shedding. This coupling also facilitates the ability to manage alternative energy sources.

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