An Intelligent Algorithm for Joint Routing and Link Scheduling in AMI with a Wireless Mesh Network
Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) of smart grids is a network that integrates the consumer directly with the smart grid communication infrastructure. AMI generates a meter that reads the datagram periodically. This unpredictable data flow needs link scheduling between the smart meter and the data collector. The AMI network is scalable because any number of smart meters can be added, as well as removed. So, the routing method should ensure reliability even in node/link loss in the path. An intelligent link scheduling algorithm is discussed in this chapter. This method addresses the scheduling of multiple links in a single slot with assurance for immediate reception of the packets. This method is applied on an AMI network that is deployed using a wireless mesh network (WMN). The paths between the smart meters and data aggregator are identified using a hybrid wireless mesh routing protocol (HWMP). The results show that the proposed link scheduling method can ensure faster packet delivery with a desirable time slot length according to the available traffic.
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