Distribution Automation networks using Rapid Self-Healing are designed to ensure low-latency, reliable communications. Many utilities leverage these networks for secondary uses such as SCADA and monitoring applications. The abundance of data available from devices on the grid enables effective analytics. However, backhauling large volumes of data over your distribution automation network could compromise self-healing during an outage. 

Data-intensive applications are better managed by an alternative network. Cellular networks already in your service area provide a cost-effective opportunity for utilities to monitor and control grid devices, without overburdening their distribution automation Field Area Network. The SpeedNet Cell Edge Gateway provides a flexible way for new and legacy devices to securely leverage a cellular network.