Utility companies are looking for ways to improve the reliability and availability of real time field data in order to make smarter decisions related to power distribution. The ability to precisely and quickly address warning signs related to quality indicators such as the System Average Interruption Frequency Index and System Average Interruption Duration Index is key to improving the integrity and reliability of smart grid infrastructure.
To achieve an improvement in power distribution reliability, several utility companies began to venture into smart grid technology solutions. Smart grid solutions aim to optimize the production, distribution and consumption of power, allowing new suppliers and consumers to make efficient use of the power grid. Key to a truly “smart” smart grid infrastructure is the ability to monitor, manage, automate and improve the quality of electricity supplied.
Considering the increased demand, signal instability, low reliability, and limited coverage, cellular technologies need to be supplemented in utilities applications. Telemetry and control-focused satellite solutions are increasingly being adopted as the best option to supplement cellular service, since they provide high reliability and always-on connectivity.
The evolution of the satellite solutions, particularly in telemetry applications, has made them an accessible and reliable reality for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications, such as smart grid monitoring. These solutions are designed to process data collected from devices installed in the power grid to enable command, control and telemetry.
The ideal solution for monitoring Smart Grid infrastructure must be highly reliable, must enable complete global coverage and must provide all the information necessary for effective operations while requiring low initial investment and operating costs. An ideal smart grid monitoring solution is one that features:
- Easy installation, without the need for a specialized crew;
- Low maintenance;
- Discrete, low-profile equipment, which is less prone to vandalism;
- Weather resistance;
- Programmable and customizable device for optimizing resources;
- Highly reliable service.
As an example, consider the application of a satellite telemetry terminal installed in the field as part of the power grid of a power distribution company:
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