Being “connected” used to have unsavory implications. No more. With the evolution of the smart grid, “connectivity” is in every electric utility’s lexicon—and it refers to a separate wireless broadband infrastructure capable of delivering 24/7 high-speed communication s to provide a variety of service enhancements; such as cost-effective backhaul of AMI data, demand response, and outage management.
But, because the smart grid is still a comparatively new phenomenon, to date, there has been no standard for wireless broadband infrastructure. Now, the WiMAX Forum (News - Alert) has announced the publication of its “System Profile Requirements for Smart Grid Applications,” prepared for the utility industry by theSan Diego-based organization’s Smart Grid Working Group (see video).
Established in June 2001, theWiMAX Forum is not-for-profit industry group that certifies and promotes the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products; based upon the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE (News - Alert)) Standard 802.16e, which is specifically for utility metropolitan area networks (MANs). The new requirements codify work done on WiGRID, an optimized IEEE 802.16 profile for Utility Field Area Networking applications... Read More