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Wireless Network Deployment in the Smart Grid: Design and Evaluation Issues



Camillo A. Gentile, David W. Griffith, Michael R. Souryal


The projected use of the power grid for “smart” applications such as advanced metering and distributed automation will require highly reliable, secure, well-designed and managed communication networks. While many of the benefits of wireless communications, such as untethered access to information, support for mobility, and reduced infrastructure, would be available to the grid, there are still a number of unanswered questions regarding network performance, suitability, and security. In this article, we present an overview of Smart Grid applications and introduce the communication requirements which have been established for these applications thus far. We categorize available wireless technologies and, in order to help the network designer determine where and how these technologies may fit into the grid, we identify key issues which must be considered when evaluating a wireless technology against the communication requirements.
IEEE Network


Gentile, C. , Griffith, D. and Souryal, M. (2012), Wireless Network Deployment in the Smart Grid: Design and Evaluation Issues, IEEE Network, [online], (Accessed April 15, 2024)
Created November 30, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017