As energy providers deploy new smart metering and measurement equipment in their networks, to equip them for increasing percentages of volatile renewable energy as part of their energy mix, interest in the use of LTE networks for data collection and analysis is rapidly increasing. LTE can already support many use cases for smart energy such as smart metering, controlling the charging of e-vehicles, monitoring and controlling wind farms, operation of micro-grids and many more with low latency services but what can be done to ensure the availability of services even in radio network overload conditions? Now new services are being introduced to support so called “machine type communications” with low cost devices opening up many new business cases for energy providers. What do these new services provide and do these new LTE services have characteristics suitable for smart energy use cases? Even lower latency services are planned for the next releases of LTE – what new services could they offer to energy providers ?
In this webinar, we will describe the existing LTE services, their optimisation to ensure latency requirements as well as the new Low Cost device services and outline the capabilities of the new services being considered for the next LTE release. The latency characteristics of each service for a range of smart energy use cases will be described giving you an overview of how you could deploy LTE to optimise your energy network operations. There will be plenty of time for questions so that you can understand what is available and how you could deploy the services using public or private LTE networks or a combination of both.