The 10 keys to a successful Internet Protocol (IP) transition
Quick Take: At this year's DistribuTECH conference, the clear theme was "getting more value from smart grid investments." For some utilities, that means mining their data. For others, it means distribution automation and other applications that take advantage of communications networks originally installed for AMI.
Writing in Alacatel-Lucent's GridTalk blog, Mark Burke of DNV-GL has laid down 10 strategies for capturing value. Burke, who is Vice President, Intelligent Networks and Communications, says that the initial smart grid spending was driven by government stimulus and/or regulatory mandates. But he believes there is a long list of other ways to gain value. My shorthand summary below, or visit the full article for more details. - Jesse Berst
IP/MPLS-based technologies offer many advantages to utilities. They offer operational efficiencies. And they mandate a new, cross-functional way of operating that bridges traditional silos. Mark Burke recommends keeping these 10 strategies in mind when planning investments based around the IP standard:
1. Embrace standards: Standards drive innovation while maintaining security and reliability.
2. Prepare for distributed generation: Deploying IP/MPLS communications throughout a service territory provides for increased visibility for all operations. It also positions the utility to manage distributed generation from intermittent renewables.