Communication Network Transformation

  • Kenneth C. Budka
  • Jayant G. Deshpande
  • Marina Thottan
Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)


We present network transformation from the present mode of utility operation – supporting all utility applications over multiple disparate networks – to an integrated network based on the Smart Grid architecture presented in  Chap. 6. The principal objective of the network transformation is to plan, design, and implement a highly reliable, highly secure, and high-performance integrated communication network that supports all Smart Grid applications. The architecture must also be scalable so that introduction of new applications requires little reengineering of the network. The network transformation process must also weigh all available alternatives toward an optimal network architecture and design that is sustainable over a period of 5–20 years, depending on the utility’s planning horizon. Some of the important considerations that should be addressed during network transformation are the following:
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    Network technologies used in the Wide Area Network and the Field Area Network

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    Leveraging existing communication network assets

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    Network ownership

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    Support for requirements of mission-critical applications in the integrated network

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    Regulatory compliance

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    Data management in the context of explosive growth in data

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    Investment options for introducing Smart Grid applications

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    Short-term and long-term cost benefits



Planning Horizon Smart Grid Network Element Network Migration Operation Support System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth C. Budka
    • 1
  • Jayant G. Deshpande
    • 2
  • Marina Thottan
    • 2
  1. 1.Alcatel-LucentMurray HillUSA
  2. 2.Alcatel-Lucent Bell LabsMurray HillUSA

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