A Smart Grid is an intelligent electricity network. Unlike the older, ordinary grid system, the Smart Grid monitors and can respond to changes in the outflow of electricity. This means that the provider is able to calibrate the consumption of electricity in the grid in order to achieve economical and eco-friendly ends.
Monitors located in the transmission, distribution and consumption elements across the grid send information from electricity users back to the source which then responds by either reducing or increasing power to the area. Significantly, alternative or 'green' power sources can be integrated into the system in order to compensate for conventional appliances which might be disabled in the interest of load shedding.
A good communications infrastructure is indispensable to the successful operation of any Smart Grid. It is the capacity to send signals back and forth across the grid that renders the system so intelligent, sensitive and adaptable. Similar to a well done sewer repair, Smart Grid Communications thus need to be well-made, resilient and enduring. (more...)