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Automation continues to go wireless as communications gain intelligence

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Thursday, January 10, 2013

If a utility has implemented a well-thought out data communications platform, they can soon see the benefits of a healthy smart grid that delivers information in real-time.

This is driving a need for the best communication-based smart grid technologies out there, which would allow an operator to assess critical data and introduce automation to all transmission and distribution functions, Utility Products reports.

This will become especially important as utilities begin to shift away from advanced metering infrastructure and focus more on improving distribution of electricity. As this unfolds, more federal standards are expected to be developed that will help expedite installation of distribution automation and other smart grid functions. By upgrading their systems, utilities will be able to take advantage of remote monitoring, operations and isolation, as well as quicker fault recovery plans.

"To improve distribution automation and leverage the power of the devices previously mentioned, utilities also must choose the ideal data communication technology," wrote Curt Goldman, utilities market manager at FreeWave Technologies.

SUBNET's Unified Substation Communications solution can help utilities replace legacy remote terminal units easily and quickly, ensuring companies have the most advanced substation information available. 

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