Effective digitalization of the utilities hinges on the adoption of advanced communication technologies.
FREMONT, CA: Efficient communication systems are of the utmost value for electric utility companies. It is through the availability of real-time communication networks that utilities can deploy, manage, and coordinate digital systems across the utility facilities. The recent rise of distributed energy resources also mandates efficient communication technology, so as to facilitate the integration of distributed systems to the centralized grids. Many other aspects of digitalization in the utilities are directly linked to connectivity and communications. Some of the essential functions pervasive utility communications carry out are discussed in the following article.
The need for interlinking of assets is on the rise. Besides, utility providers have either undertaken or are planning to undertake large-scale adoption of IoT technology. Sensor-powered IoTdevices are becoming valuable for managing and monitoring utility infrastructure. These assets, as well as IoT devices, require high-speed connectivity to operate. Thus, it is important for utility companies to develop field area networks with 4G and 5G. With enhanced networks, the functionality of smart sensors becomes optimum.
Reliability and Speed in Operations
Today critical systems in utility companies depend on internet connectivity to run. Thus, effective communication systems are essential to delivering services in a reliable and timely manner. When there is no lag or latency in the communication systems, the operational efficiency of facilities increases substantially. Disruptions are eliminated as well since risk management and maintenance improve.
Enhancing Mobility of Workers
The performance of workers improves when flexibility increases. Strong communication networks enable utility companies to manage mobile workers better. For field service teams, enhanced communications mean better access to crucial information. Operators from centralized control rooms can easily assist remotely located teams in conducting maintenance and repair tasks.
Communication systems are central to the modernization of the utility industry. Whether it is a private network, or the services are from a commercial telecom company, utility firms must invest optimally in developing communication infrastructure.