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Utility telecommunications deployments are big, complex, and long. Utility telecommunications outages can be big, complex, and difficult. Yet, telecommunications underpin nearly all grid modernization initiatives. Designing, deploying, and managing modern utility telecommunications networks demands detailed and thoroughly accurate planning. And planning demands data.
A unified telecommunications asset register can enable the detailed and long-range planning that is required for effective planning and speedy outage resolution. The asset register can contain all telecommunications assets in a utility and track the incredibly complex number and type of relationships among assets and services. The asset register’s digital twin capability – representing the physical infrastructure and a logical model for connectivity and services – can enable simulations of outages for better continuity planning and to identify previously unobserved single points of failure. This up-to-date information can be provided to users across the organization to ensure that a utility manages its operations and business based upon a shared understanding of its asset base.
This UTC white paper examines how a single unified and reliable asset and resource manager can deliver benefits across a utility’s telecommunications infrastructure. How knowing the relationships among assets, services, and servers can enable more detailed planning for maintenance activities, better network resiliency, and more efficient staff utilization. High visibility of assets and their relationships enables faster deployments, quicker error resolution, greater understanding of utilization, and savings from reducing unnecessary travel and orders.
A sea-change is in full swing within utilities. Generational changes are impacting telecommunications networks requiring increased bandwidth and security. But older telecommunications equipment may no longer be adequate to support an industry-wide shift to packet-based timing. While efficiency is increasing with the applications being introduced, the infrastructure of the networks has not seen enough change in the last few decades.
Just as the telecommunications, data center, and substation architectures are changing, so too are the technologies and equipment for synchronizing networks. Utilities must examine current synchronization architectures that may not be engineered to support new timing technologies. That examination includes considerations such as:
This paper highlights some critical drivers for modernizing network synchronization provides critical insight on what is important about these modern technologies and outlines simple solutions to modernize your synchronization network.
This paper, commissioned by UTC and its global affiliates, focuses on the emergence of 5G communications and whether and how utilities—particularly electric—will be impacted.
The new paper—“Cutting Through the Hype: 5G and Its Potential Impacts on Electric Utilities”—frames the numerous issues and challenges electric utilities across the globe confront in adapting as the wireless industry transitions to 5G services. The paper was authored by the Joint Radio Company Ltd. of Coventry, England and was commissioned by UTC and its global affiliates: Africa UTC, European UTC, and UTC America Latina.
This report examines the current state of play for utility spectrum access: what spectrum is available, how utilities use it, and recent trends in utility spectrum needs. Detailed case studies look into the telecommunications approach at two large and sophisticated utilities.
Reliable energy delivery is fundamental to all critical infrastructures. Energy delivery can only be reliable if the telecommunications are reliable. And utilities need a stable and clear spectrum to achieve their telecommunications, without which reliable energy delivery will become nearly impossible.
It’s a date those in the energy sector know well: August 14, 2003. On that day, more than 50 million people in eight states and portions of Canada lost power when a high-voltage line in Ohio softened, sagged, and brushed against some trees. The fault, combined with a cascading series of technical issues, caused the largest blackout in North American history.
Utilities and other critical infrastructure (CI) industries around the globe are being challenged to improve service delivery while at the same time deal with security threats that aim to take down their operations. Compounding these challenges are the pressures from investors and regulatory agencies to streamline operations and reduce costs all while dealing with the complexities of a retiring workforce. To conquer these formidable challenges, critical infrastructure industries require greater visibility into their operations and are looking to leverage Machine to Machine (M2M) communications technology & communications to provide the means to increase the automation of their operations.
This paper provides a roadmap tailored to the utility space on how to successfully organize supplier management activities while addressing associated security risks. It is based on practical experience, numerous discussions with utilities and vendors, and recently published standards and best practice documents.
This paper details the challenges many power utilities are facing as they transition critical services from legacy TDM to IP/Ethernet core networks, thereby combining IT and OT traffic onto a single, converged network. While Quality of Service (QoS) is a crucial requirement that must be considered from the beginning of such a migration, this paper explains why it becomes more critical when traffic has to go through lower bandwidth links.