Utilities are modernizing – here are three conversations that matter
Utilities are in a time of transition. Legacy communications circuits are being discontinued by carriers and there is pressure for utilities to move to new packet-based services. In addition, much of the new smart grid applications and products that are being introduced by vendors are based on Ethernet, adding to the pressure to modernize networks. Packet technologies--Ethernet and IP, for network layers 2 and 3, respectively--are the next evolution of the utility network. Here are 10 key points for utilities to keep in mind while they consider the jump to packet technology.