Deploying

Deploying Multiple DA Applications

Considerations

by Tony Burge, RuggedCom, USA

This article describes various wireless communications requirements for multiple distribution automation applications and the point-to-multipoint, or mesh wireless technologies available.  Increased power demands in recent years have put correspondingly increasing pressure on utility companies to improve operational efficiencies. Providing immediate access to critical and operational data to field force personnel, improving distribution automation communications, and providing additional security via video surveillance all support efforts to improve operational efficiencies.

With multiple technology options, beginning with the decision to use public/carrier infrastructure or invest in private infrastructure, and various application requirements, it is imperative to minimize infrastructure by selecting a wireless technology that provides the data capacity, security, and flexibility to support these applications on a single network infrastructure. More

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