Communications Systems

Authored by: Mehrdad Mesbah , Sharon S. Allan , Donivon D. Hettich , Harry Forbes , James P. Hanley , Régis Hourdouillie , Marco C. Janssen , Henry Jones , Art Maria , Mehrdad Mesbah , Rita Mix , Jean-Charles Tournier , Eric Woychik , Alex Zheng

Smart Grids

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498799553
eBook ISBN: 9781351228480
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The great majority of the applications and concepts described in this book rely upon the capability to exchange information, within the utility for operations and business processes, and to external interfaces and users. Communications and information connectivity is the underlying foundation of the smart grid. Extensive volumes of information must be transported to ‘the right user, at the right time, in the right format’, with a time latency appropriate for envisaged use, and with an adequate level of reliability and security to ensure data integrity and confidentiality—electronic monitoring and control devices, energy management platforms, customer metering, and consumption control devices, as well as field worker mobile data systems, must continuously be capable of interacting across the system.

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