This White Paper by GTM Research looks at the state of smart grid communications management systems and how utilities are hoping to optimize the value of their deployed assets.

With new smart grid systems falling into place, utilities around the world are now looking to optimize the performance and efficiency of their deployed assets.

Utilities around the globe are heavily investing in communications infrastructure to support advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), demand response (DR) and distribution automation (DA), fueled by government grants, regulatory requirements and the high cost of inefficiently delivering energy. Robust, centralized tools to manage communications can help utilities eliminate operational and personnel inefficiencies.

But many of today’s homegrown solutions are insufficient to address the problems that utilities are beginning to face. This Ericsson-sponsored white paper explores the solutions that utilities have deployed to date, as well as their future plans for communications management and emerging concerns as they invest more in telecommunications for the grid.

Key findings from this report include:

  • Utilities of every size, type and location expect the number of endpoints to grow over the next five years.
  • The lack of standards in communications and networking is creating real concern in the utility community.
  • Most utilities are confident in their ability to deal with communications challenges, but few report that their communications networks are ready to support their two-to-five-year plans.
  • Utilities want to take full advantage of the network capacity they have deployed and make systems more efficient with added intelligence.

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