18 Jul '11, 11am

In Smart Grid, Mesh Moves From Lead Role to Team Player: When Duke Energy looked into communications for smart...

When Duke Energy looked into communications for smart grid applications, the answer was not mesh or cellular or power line communications -- it was all of the above. Although mesh is far from dead, utilities are looking for diverse solutions for their smart grid deployments. Whether it’s cellular, star topology radio networks or broadband, the options are maturing and expanding. Utilities are finding that mixing different radio topologies and communications systems can offer a more sophisticated network to upon which to build the smart grid. These demands, in turn, are forcing smart grid vendors to expand their portfolios. If you started out as a mesh company, you'd better get some cellular expertise and vice versa. Could that mean Silver Spring Networks raises money in an IPO to explore acquisitions? It's a possibility. “Being wedded to a single approach is applicable to ...

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