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Carrier-Grade Ethernet for Power Utilities

Ensuring Reliable Communications in the Smart Grid


Almost every power utility around the globe is either planning or has already begun the transformation of its T&D grid to an intelligent, packet-based network that can efficiently and reliably handle massive amounts of bi-directional or even multi-directional data communications between various devices and locations.

This paper reviews the various tools that carrier-grade Ethernet offers to meet the migration challenges that utilities are facing. It furthermore specifies the performance that is required from the ICT network, as well as discusses strategies that may be employed to implement the transition to Smart Grid communications.

 

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Carrier-Grade Ethernet for Power Utilities – Ensuring Reliable Communications in the Smart Grid

 

Table of Contents

  • Towards a Smarter Grid: Utility Networks in Transition
    • Migration Challenges and Communications Performance Requirements
    • Traffic Types and Transmission Scenarion
  • Carrier-grade Ethernet Mechanisms
    • Traffic Management and Quality of Service
    • Performance Monitoring and Testing
    • Resiliency

  • Timing over Packet Synchronization
  • Choosing the Right Packet Network
  • Security
    • Network Access Control
    • Inter-Site VPN
    • Secure Remote Access
    • Application-Aware Firewall

  • RAD’s Carrier-Grade Ethernet Solutions for Power Utilities
  • Conclusion

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