Network IP/MPLS transformation to reliable, secure end-to-end packet-based infrastructures
Power utilities worldwide are embarking on smart grid projects such as Grid Modernization, Substation Automation and Advanced Metering Infrastructure. Communications network transformation to a highly available IP/MPLS network for mission-critical communication is a foundation to the Smart Grid architecture.
Nokia delivers a proven converged IP/MPLS communications network for power utilities using new generation products and management tools. Nokia IP/MPLS products support network resiliency, quality of service, virtualization, security and convergence.
The implementation of a Smart Grid means different things to each system provider or customer. However, at any level of the grid system a smarter communications network is part of the new energy delivery strategy. Above all, these new Smart Grid applications provide utilities with better visibility to operate the bulk electric systems more efficiently.
The increased movement of data with analysis provides the benefits of reduced operating costs and improved outage response. Governments consider Smart Grid technologies as a means to better power quality. Business and residential customers can take advantage of new features. Finally, regulators even view smarter communications networks as a means to more efficient energy markets.
The traditional utility communications network
Utility communications networks are built traditionally. In addition, they carry information between the utility control center and all remote sites. Traffic is typically carried over TDM circuits like T1/E1, RS-232, X.21, and E&M.
The Nokia IP/MPLS communications infrastructure can help a utility extend and enhance its network with new technologies. For instance, IP, MPLS and Ethernet. Thereby, the communications networks ensure the delivery of essential information to monitor, analyze, control and maintain service delivery. For instance, IP, MPLS and Ethernet. Above all, these new technologies will enable the utility to optimize its network flexibility. And also the management in order to reduce both CAPEX and OPEX without jeopardizing safety.
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