New Networking Strategies and Solutions for the Utility of the Future

Enabling a Holistic Approach through New Networking Protocols, Spectrum Options, and Business Dynamics

Nov 10, 2020 - 2:00 PM EST

For decades, utilities relied on a relatively standard set of networking solutions to perform specific tasks in the grid (e.g., closed networks for critical SCADA and control functions and unlicensed wireless solutions for non-critical tasks such as smart metering). Today, demands upon the grid are changing rapidly, with a need for greater visibility, resiliency, and control throughout both the transmission and distribution networks.

At the same time, a multitude of new networking options have become available. Low power wide area protocols such as Weightless, LTE Cat 1, LTE Cat M1, NB-IoT, and LoRa can serve existing applications, such as smart meters, as well as economically support widespread sensor networks for asset monitoring and maintenance. New spectrum options are now available to utilities, making viable the buildout of private 4G LTE networks across utility territories. Additionally, public wireless carriers have enhanced their offerings with critical utility needs in mind. In this roundtable discussion, panelists will examine the shifting environment and options for utility networking, with various new business model benefits highlighted.

  • Shifting utility networking strategies
  • New and emerging protocols and spectrum options
  • Holistic strategies that support multiple new utility business models
  • How have the networking needs of utilities changed over the past decade? 
  • How have the choices utilities have for their networking needs changed over the past decade? 
  • What are some of the newer options utilities should evaluate when planning their network of the future? 
  • What new applications and business opportunities might be built on top of these new networks? 
  • How do smart cities and new utility networking options overlap?
  • Networking vendors
  • Utility executives
  • Utility solution vendors
  • Investors
  • City managers
  • Public works managers

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