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U.S. energy company turns to cellular networks for smart grids

In the US, ambitious plans for smart grids supported by cellular connectivity have been revealed by gas and electricity supplier, Duke Energy - one of the country’s largest electric power holding companies, with 4 million customers across the Southeast and Midwest.

In a white paper released earlier this month, Duke Energy’s Technology Development Manager announced that the company plans to invest $1 billion into digital grid technologies and has decided to rely heavily on the already available cellular networks mainly due to the fact that they are based on existing standards that have been used extensively. Additionally, carriers will continue to invest in the network infrastructure to the benefit of the utility.
Duke Energy plans to use cellular connectivity to join local communications nodes to its enterprise data center and back office. Other parts of the network will use different types of communications such as Wi-Fi mesh, which will interconnect end points such as sensors and capacitor banks.
The Duke Energy deal, with a number of as yet unnamed telecom companies - which are thought to include Verizon - is a strong endorsement for the cellular industry. Its success will doubtless reassure many utility providers concerned about the reliability and security of using service providers. At present, the majority are thought to favour building their own communications networks.
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