The Innovation Factor: Managing the transition to smart communication technologies in the electricity distribution sector white paper

The transition from legacy communications systems to new technologies can seem daunting for organisations in the electricity sector. But with market dynamics changing rapidly, electricity companies are facing more demands than ever to improve efficiency and utilisation, as well as a growing requirement to integrate disparate technologies. For electricity companies, unified communications makes network management easier by allowing easier access to information and providing a more resilient and manageable infrastructure.

This whitepaper explores:

• The different types of communication technologies available to distribution network operators

• The growing importance of data in the smart grid age

• How Western Power Distribution (WPD) were able to reduce outages and operating costs following the successful replacement of a legacy SCADA system

• How an overall unified communications approach that combines new technologies as an alternative to legacy systems can provide real-world operational benefits including reduced outages, reliable and resilient voice and data communications, improved asset management and automation capabilities