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Network automation doesn't mean reduced performance

By Donna Donnowitz
December 17, 2013

Power grid automation and control are hot topics of conversation throughout the telecommunications and electrical industries. With the increasing importance of grid optimization for several trends, from sustainability to green energy, providers have to consider all of their network and infrastructure needs to improve the flow of power while reducing costs, increasing visibility and control, supporting new technologies and continuing to incorporate legacy systems as well. In order to accomplish all of this, firms have to look to the future while investing in the appropriate media converter solutions to streamline deployment.

Automation as a benefit
Automation of certain efforts can help energy providers reduce operating costs, but many feel that this reduces their visibility and control over the grid. This doesn't have to be the case, however. With smart grid deployments, providers are able to deploy high-quality data networks alongside their power infrastructure, improving their ability to analyze grid activity in real time and adapt to emergencies as needed. This will help firms improve their automation efforts while enhancing the visibility of network activity at the same time.

Control and performance
The goal of any infrastructure improvement should be increased performance for the end user and enhanced control for the provider. However, in order to achieve these efforts, firms have to consider their own flexibility, as well as the scalability of their power grid. Control relies on the ability to adapt at a moment's notice to demand response and other improvements, and if utility providers don't have access to real-time data, they may not be able to keep up. A smart grid supports the adaptability that firms will need to improve the performance of their network through optimized control and focus on providing the highest service quality possible at all times to customers.

Efficiency, reliability and security are still major priorities for energy providers, and by implementing high-quality smart grid technologies and the supporting hardware, such as serial to Ethernet converters, firms can improve the control they have over their grid to meet these operational needs without affecting the performance of the network. This will allow the implementation of automation seamlessly and effectively.

Perle offers a range of cost effective serial-to-Ethernet converters to help meet NERC-CIP compliance for the protection of critical cyberassets in substations. The IOLAN SDS HV/LDC Terminal Server is designed to meet harsh environments associated with Power Substations with attributes such as support for substation AC and DC voltage ranges, extended operating temperatures and meeting emission, immunity and safety approvals associated with substation IT equipment.


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