New generation sensors are able to gather multiple types of data from a single installation, and companies that deploy this technology want communication technology capable of handling two way transmissions effectively. This allows organizations to make changes based on the sensor data they receive remotely, or by deploying personnel to the site as soon as an event takes place. Ambient (News - Alert) Corporation, a provider of secure, flexible, and scalable smart grid communications and applications platform, is implementing single or dual G3-PLC modem for smart grid applications in its Ambient Smart Grid Nodes.
The development of G3-PLC was designed to provide the utilities industry a platform for a complete powerline communication standard to allow companies a complete view of the grid. This platform provides a two-way reliable high-speed long-range communication over existing power line grid to monitor the different functions in real time. Operators are able to manage the usage of electricity by managing peak loads, consumption throughout the grid, and applying variable tariff schedules.
By adopting orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) based powerline communication (PLC) technology, Ambient can offer its customers a platform with IPv6 support over low and medium voltage powerline grid. The Ambient Smart Grid Node family provides multiple applications for smart metering, distributed generation and storage, demand response, and distribution automation. It delivers the data with upstream and downstream high-speed data communications using a range of wired and wireless technologies, including Serial, Ethernet, PLC, cellular, Wi-Fi or RF.
The Ambient Smart Grid communications platform:
- Delivers real-time network visibility and control
- Provides utilities a foundation for scaling and developing their smart grid initiatives with substantial flexibility to ensure interoperability
- Outage detection and restoration confirmation
- Remote and distributed intelligence
- Open platform for scalability and interoperability and support of external applications
- Local application hosting and development framework
Utility companies around the world are under new mandates to implement smart grid technology in order to improve energy usage and customer service. By installing smart meters and connecting them to the grid with two-way communication capability, power companies will be able to manage their resources more effectively.
"We have adopted a PLC technology because it minimizes infrastructure and maintenance costs. It is vitally important to us that it is standards-based to ensure interoperability, and that it can support metering, new distribution switches, sensors, and home area network applications. Equally, there are security mechanisms in place to protect grid assets, and the robust mode of G3-PLC improves communication under noisy channel conditions and can co-exist with older technologies," said Donald Pollock, global vice president of sales and marketing at Ambient Corporation.
Edited by Alisen Downey