Network architecture and communications have advanced quickly over the past 3-5 years, creating new opportunities and considerations for smart metering strategy and technology choice. Accelerating convergence between the utility world, smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT) means technology choices must be made with a “head’s up” view of new capabilities, technology risk, and emerging business opportunities.
Increased processing power at the edge of the network combined with advancements in software-defined communications are redefining grid operations use cases while also solving critical connectivity and communication performance challenges. It’s now possible to deploy a network of devices that incorporates multiple communication channels – RF and PLC – all on the same chip set in the same device, enabling dynamic and continuous selection of the optimal communications path and frequency modulation, making deployment of network infrastructure is easier, faster and less costly. This new generation of distributed intelligence is also rewriting use cases with innovative new approaches outage analysis, diversion detection, transformer load management, demand response and even detection of unsafe grid conditions.
Join Itron for this thought provoking webinar about how technology advancements are driving new value that extends far beyond just smart metering.