Private LTE Could be a Gamechanger for AMI and Other Smart Utility Programs
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Rick leads a small consultncy with Schmidt Utility Advisors LLC, which provides technology planning and associated consulting services relating to various types of infrastructure modernization...
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Many utilities are faced with communication infrastructure challenges: Heavy growth planned with the hard-to-reach Distribution Automation (DA) and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) endpoints, aging substation communications infrastructure, commercial cellular falling short of expectations during major storms, AMI infrastructure showing signs of age, and high costs of maintaining various legacy last-mile communication systems. At the same time, they have increased dependency on the communications system to enable their existing and planned expansion of smart utility programs. Where do we go from here?