In recent months, much of the smart-grid buzz has involved a newer technology being introduced into the mix—wireless.

According to Eric Miller, a senior vice president for wireless technology vendor Trilliant, the rea- son for the new-found popularity of wireless smart grid is that it addresses many of the communi- cations challenges utilities face related to geography, bandwidth, performance, and upgradability. In addition, wireless technology already is available. “There’s a tremendous amount of investment
globally in wireless communication for other applications that you can leverage and work off,” he says. “You don’t have to pay to invent wireless.”... 

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