KAMO Power looks to telecom for smart grid optimization


Utility companies are looking to telecom network infrastructure providers to help them modernize their networks in order to best take advantage of the smart grid.

The total market for smart grid software and related IT services is expected to reach $4.3 billion in 2012 and exceed $8.6 billion by 2017, according to Pike Research. Based on these dynamics, utility companies are enhancing their networks to support a variety of new smart grid elements from smart meters to video surveillance systems and grid optimization solutions.

With a smart grid-enabled network, utilities can ensure more efficient, reliable power delivery and meet evolving regulatory requirements, while building a more flexible and scalable infrastructure to deliver new high-value services and gain competitive advantage.

One example is KAMO Power, a generation and transmission cooperative that is moving aggressively to capitalize on the business opportunities afforded by their smart grid control network fiber assets.

The utility company needed a telecommunications technology partner to help it architect a high-performance network capable of delivering offerings including mobile backhaul, Ethernet business and wavelength services. BTI Systems fit the bill and is helping KAMO build a more flexible, scalable, high-performance network to support delivery of new services.

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