By Michel Zimet
iDirect Director, Vertical Marketing, Energy and Utilities
Utility companies worldwide are investing in smart grid strategies to make their current electrical grid infrastructure more intelligent, reliable and efficient. The smart grid offers many advantages, such as lowering costs by automating monitoring and management functions, gathering data in real time to help prevent outages as well as to tackle them more quickly, and improving effectiveness via monitoring and optimizing energy usage.
Of course, when utilities go the smart grid route, they must also go down another path, one that involves rethinking their communications infrastructure. No longer can the network that powers the grid be comprised of a series of disconnected technologies that support separate functions, but rather it must act as an integrated, layered and evolving system that serves a wide range of possible utility applications.
What’s more, that communications network must perform such Herculean tasks as stretching across extreme terrain, deep into remote and rural areas, far removed from core operations and beyond the reach of terrestrial connectivity. Not only that, but it must do so reliably and resiliently.
Before building such a communications network, utilities should consider one technology that has undergone a major transformation in recent years, making it more powerful, affordable, and reliable for supporting the smart grid: satellite IP communications. Satellite has the ability to integrate seamlessly with core communications technology to provide complete geographical coverage and stretch broadband connectivity to any location.
And when considering satellite, utilities would be wise to also consider turning to the one company that is leading the way in satellite technology innovations: iDirect. The iDirect platform is engineered to establish global satellite network access at a minimal cost. It’s an all-IP system that includes satellite hubs, line cards, routers and network management technology. Utility companies can easily scale their network as new sites are added and bandwidth requirements increase without having to invest in additional hub systems.
We invite you to learn more about satellite technology and how iDirect is making it work for a wide range of service providers around the globe by checking out the following article and video: