Full Spectrum presented today at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)’s special interest group live webcast on the intelligent grid. More than 150 utilities and industry experts from around the globe attended the live, interactive web session. In its presentation, Full Spectrum highlighted the advantages of using a private, utility owned, licensed, wireless solution for the implementation of mission critical smart grid applications. Below is a description of the content of the webcast. A complete copy of the video presentation can be downloaded under the “News and Events” web page on the Full Spectrum website.

“Utilities are now engineering their next step forward from the smart meter to wide area distribution automation. For each utility, this move involves deploying thousands of real-time, controllable feeder devices including automated voltage regulators, capacitor banks, Reclosers and so on with the ultimate goal of implementing a diverse, self-healing grid. However, the communications demands of distribution automation present challenges not previously met by the utilities. Existing solutions, including legacy licensed narrowband products, unlicensed wireless and commercial carrier services, are incapable of meeting the mission critical bandwidth and quality of service requirements of real time distribution automation. To meet these new requirements, utilities will need to deploy their own licensed broadband wireless networks.
And which spectrum a utility chooses will ultimately dictate the total cost of ownership and overall reliability.”