LTE-Based Networks—Not Existing AMI Systems—Will Better Serve Emerging Utility Needs

Grid Management, Street Lighting, and Smart City Applications Can Leverage an Integrated LTE Network and Prevent Overburdening of Smart Metering Networks

Nov 04, 2020 - 2:00 PM EST
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Utilities have leveraged smart metering networks for a multitude of non-meter applications for years now—but as their needs evolve and grow, a public or private LTE-based network will provide a more robust platform. Smart street lighting, smart grid management functions, and smart city applications are all areas where utilities are now eager to improve their capabilities. And while smart metering networks can handle some incremental use cases, utilities interested in taking a longer-term view of their networking needs at the grid edge should consider a more holistic, future-ready network.

The LTE family of protocols—including Narrowband IoT, LTE Cat M1, LTE Cat 1, and 4G LTE—offers a range of capabilities in a complementary fashion. They also form the foundation for emerging 5G networks, ensuring that as new solutions and use cases emerge, the utility network remains core to utility digitalization and transformation.

  • Legacy AMI networks are limited for future utility networking needs
  • The LTE family of networking protocols offers an integrated, holistic, future-ready platform for multiple applications

  • What are the advantages of the LTE networking family for grid edge applications like smart lighting and smart cities?
  • How are legacy AMI networks limited in terms of their ability to support modern grid management functions?
  • Which LTE protocol should be used for various applications?
  • What are the benefits of advanced smart street lighting networks, and how can they serve as a platform for broader utility needs?
  • What are some examples of where utilities are building LTE-based networks for these use cases?
  • Utility executives
  • Utility solution vendors
  • City managers
  • Public works managers
  • Networking vendors
  • Investors