WPD embarks on smart grid telecoms study

WPD embarks on smart grid telecoms study

Western Power Distribution has commissioned a global appraisal of smart grid telecoms solutions to identify key emerging technologies and best practices.

The distribution network operator has engaged Analysys Mason, a smart telecoms and energy advisor, to undertake the study which has been named Project Nexus.

Since Project Nexus is funded under WPD’s Network Innovation Allowance, findings will be disseminated to the wider network industry in due course.

The study has been deemed necessary as smart telecoms solutions are becoming more and more integral to achieving active and proactive network management.

According to WPD, smart grid telecoms solutions will allow greater visibility, control and protection of network assets with enhanced centralised control functions, as well as autonomous decentralised functions.

“We believe this project will provide an important set of tools for all key industry stakeholders that can be used as an efficient and effective methodology to achieve smart grid and sustainable energy ambitions,” said Bram Moerman, Analysys Mason chief executive.


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