Alcatel-Lucent Introduces Smart Grid Technology

Alcatel-Lucent Introduces Smart Grid Technology

Alcatel-Lucent’s Internet routing technology will give utilities the ability to deploy a single, secure, reliable communications network throughout the electricity grid, supporting smarter power management to create dramatic operational and cost efficiencies.

Many utility companies are looking to upgrade to new Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) solutions to update their communications networks.

According to Alcatel-Lucent “IP/MPLS offers the superior speeds, bandwidth, reliability and service capabilities to meet the growing data and two-way communications requirements of the new, more intelligent and sophisticated smart grid power distribution systems. The technical characteristics of IP/MPLS mean that a single, reliable and secure network can remove the need for utilities to maintain multiple application-specific networks. This greatly simplifies network management, reduces costs, and provides increased network security, ensuring outages are efficiently managed and dramatically reduced.”

Stuart Ravens, principal analyst for energy and utilities technology with analyst firm Ovum notes, “Alcatel-Lucent has long focused on IP/MPLS as the technology which can drive communications convergence in the utilities industry. This announcement puts Alcatel-Lucent in a strong position to exploit the transition of legacy networks to all-IP.”

Alcatel-Lucent’s service aggregation routers offer advantages for the energy and transportation industries. Smaller than some of the existing variants, they are utilized for deployment in harsh, remote environments and equipped with the cyber security regulations required by these markets.

Lynn Hunt, Alcatel-Lucent global vice president of utility solutions, adds: “Alcatel-Lucent’s expanded Service Aggregation Router portfolio, together with our Service Routers and Network Management portfolio, allow utilities to deploy a converged IP/MPLS based smart grid communications network. In doing so, we can help utilities save time and costs and allow them to take advantage of new revenue opportunities, for example, in offering telecom services to customers over their network.”

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