Improving capacity and performance for smart grid operations with converged, critical WANs

Optimizing smart grid operations
Case Study Tue 25 Sep 2018

The ongoing migration to smart grid technologies will enable power utilities worldwide to operate bulk electric systems more efficiently. Substation automation, distribution automation and a variety of new applications will revolutionize the way utilities manage and deliver electricity to customers. To truly enable the full potential of smart grids, a smarter communications infrastructure is needed to route the increasing amounts of monitoring, control and status information effectively, efficiently and on time. A converged, mission-criticalwide area network (WAN) built on IP/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS), packet microwave, and packet optical networking technologies provides the flexibility, security, and scalability to support smart grid communication, as well as application-aware traffic management to ensure high quality of service (QoS) for critical grid applications.