Tag Archives | Communications systems

The Power behind the ‘Smart City’

Set to take place Sept. 15 to 17 in Washington, D.C., Smart Cities Week is fast approaching. As I consider what defines a “Smart City,” it’s a little like our definition of a smart device. As you add computing power and communications to devices or systems within a city’s infrastructure, you can do more things [...]

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April Showers . . . Bring Power Outages? Not Necessarily

You know the old adage, that April showers bring May flowers. But that’s not all spring weather brings. April showers can result in power outages when these showers are actually storms accompanied by high winds or flooding—or both. At the 2014 IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition this month, S&C was pleased to introduce a [...]

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Grid Connectivity – And What It Means to S&C

Recently, S&C decided to rename our communication systems business. We’re now calling this part of our portfolio “Grid Connectivity” solutions. The question that naturally arises is: why did we make the change? At S&C, our smart grid portfolio is focused on developing solutions for today’s power delivery challenges. Consistent with our history and expertise, we [...]

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Achieving Five Nines Link Availability for Smart Grid Communication Systems

The smart grid is rapidly becoming a reality in many areas—which in turn is driving a need for highly reliable data communication systems. This communication system should reliably report network state and performance, resulting in more efficient electricity generation and distribution as well as usage forecasting. Designing a reliable grid connectivity system that meets these [...]

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Managing the Smart Grid

We still have a long way to go in building a truly smart grid in the U.S., but smart grid deployments have increased dramatically in recent years. As deployments have grown, so has the need to develop new tools to manage smart grid technology. Meter data management (MDM) and analytics software have gotten lots of [...]

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Selecting a Communication Systems Supplier: Why Smart Grid Expertise Matters

In an earlier blog, I outlined three steps that a utility should consider before scheduling that first meeting with communication suppliers: Determine who inside the company should be engaged in the process. Take an inventory of all communication assets that are owned, leased or shared. Determine the current and future applications/requirements. Once you have a [...]

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