Do Digital Utilities Need a Standard for Communications?
- Sep 16, 2021 9:45 am GMT
In the utility industry there is always a tension between private company practice and regulations or standards that might curb individual actions but benefit the wider industry and also the consumer.
Digitally the industry is moving forward rapidly. Is there a place for an industry-wide standard for digital communications? Globally, thousands of utilities are operating hundreds of thousands of communications networks — for smart metering, control and data acquisition architecture, substation automation, teleprotection, mobile workforce management, distribution automation, the list goes on. These are often proprietary networks: built and managed within single companies. One utility may be running more than 20 different communications networks for various purposes. This outcome does not make sense for either company or industry.
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