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Thoughts on the National Broadband Plan

The plan lays out a 10-year road map for government action to achieve goals that include: providing affordable access to 100 Mb/s download and 50Mb/s upload speeds to 100 million American homes; facilitating U.S. leadership in mobile technology innovation; and assuring broadband availability to support schools, hospitals, government institutions, first responders and energy users.

Hybrid Communication Networks–The Key to Meeting Smart Grid Requirements

Government stimulus funding for the smart grid has attracted suppliers from other industries who are intent on repurposing their products to capture new business.

New Products

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Geospatial Data Content Provider Undertakes Ambitious Project

Recording the locations, dimensions and physical attributes of all equipment owned by rural U.S. utilities seems difficult. Information tools used to build geographic information systems (GIS) have advanced in recent years, however, making the endeavor plausible.

What Makes a Grid Smart

What makes a grid smart? Is it AMI? OMS? ADMS? MDM? GIS? CIM? CIP? Acronyms used to describe smart grid have become overwhelming, making it difficult for utilities to understand what they need to build automated, resilient grids that will meet energy needs.

Successfully Operating 200 kV Superconducting HVDC Transmission Highlights Reliability, Efficiency

Already overtaxed metropolitan power grids around the world are being challenged to meet the rising electricity demands associated with today’s growing, digitally based economy. As a result, the threat of power outages is ever-present, particularly in dense, urban areas where massive amounts of power must be carried through congested, underground ducts.

Improving Smart Meter DeploymentWith Spatial Business Intelligence

Geospatial technologies have evolved from specialist applications to a key part of many utility business processes, from tracking assets to feeding outage management and capacity planning systems. Continuing developments in geospatial technology, data and end user adoption are enabling utility personnel to tap spatial data for improved decision-making: spatial business intelligence.

Securing Wireless Data Communication for Mission-critical Applications

Thinking about critical infrastructure conjures up various services and assets: the water supply, heating, transportation, telecommunication, fuels and, especially, electricity. With the introduction of computer technology, the proliferation of networks has enabled data exchange between computers and given birth to the Internet, impacting all of those critical bits of infrastructure.

Cultivating a Cultureof Conservation

Not long ago the energy market in Ontario, Canada, was at a crossroads. Electricity demand far outpaced supply as the population grew and generation capacity decreased. Driven by this less-than-ideal reality, the government sought to reduce peak electricity demand and foster province-wide conservation.

Maintaining Intelligent Networks – SMARTGRID & Data Quality

Experts predict a smart grid build out will be one of the largest wealth creators in the decade, and there are important reasons to replace the existing electric power grid, including a growing number of outages, aging infrastructure and coming renewable portfolio standards.