Today, in a webinar moderated by our friends at Smart Grid News, representatives from our valued partner Qualcomm, and SAIC will explain the technical capabilities of cellular technology for grid modernization projects and, present use case scenarios regarding how some utilities are adding cellular to the technology mix supported by their smart grid communication architecture.
Cellular networks provide an advanced and cost effective option for smart grid applications. However, to focus the discussion on the relative merits of one technology solution over another is to miss a more important point. There is no universal “one-size-fits-all” technology solution for a smarter grid. For a variety of different reasons, including cost, coverage, latency, and network security issues most utilities already deploy and will continue to need, a wide range of different communications technologies. These include cellular, Wi-Fi, radio frequency (RF), power line communications (PLC), serial or Ethernet connections. At its core, therefore, the smart grid is and will continue to be a network that utilizes multiple communications technologies. At Ambient, we believe a really smart, smart grid strategy will enable utilities to continue to deploy a variety of different technologies in parallel and to connect on a single, scalable, common communications architecture to facilitate grid-wide monitoring, management and modernization.
Ultimately, utilities require a communication architecture that provides a foundation to scale and expand their smart grid initiatives, over time. Our innovative IP-based platform enables utilities to deploy and integrate multiple smart grid applications and technologies, supporting Smart Metering, Distribution Automation, Demand Response, Distributed Generation and more. To find out more about the Ambient Smart Grid® communications platform and how it supports the incorporation of cellular with other communication technologies click here.