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IoT: Use cases and challenges

IoT: Use cases and challenges

After several years in which the growth forecasts for the IoT market were not met, 2019 exceeded expectations, and certain market analysts predict connected devices will increase by 21% in 2020. We can therefore say that the broader adoption of this technology is finally taking place, and this mass adoption comes with several questions:   What are and what will be the use cases? Smart...

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Smart tourism

Smart tourism

Now that the second decade of the 21st century is about to end, sustainability and digitalization have become challenges all city areas must face. With this in mind, the 40th FITUR edition, which just took place in Madrid, has greatly focused on the need to incorporate new technologies to tourist destinations and turn them into “Smart Destinations”. So as to meet the abovementioned challenges,...

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European Utility Week 2018: Smart Grids and more

European Utility Week 2018: Smart Grids and more

On November 6th, the European Utility Week 2018 (EUW18) was held in Vienna (Austria). The event is attended by numerous companies and industry experts and provides an opportunity for them to showcase their developments and solutions. One of the main objectives of this annual event is to achieve a simple transition towards low carbon content energy supply. For three days, you can visit the fair,...

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ZigBee Smart Energy

ZigBee Smart Energy

ZigBee Smart Energy (SE) is a standard for interconnecting and interoperating devices, via radio frequency, directed towards monitoring, managing and automating energy, gas and water usage. It seeks to be a useful tool for creating “Green Homes”, and is aimed at coordinating energy usage, optimizing its generation and consumption. What is ZigBee? ZigBee SE is a world-leading standard widely used...

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Smart Grid: The advantages of having always-on communications

Smart Grid: The advantages of having always-on communications

The need for real-time communications in Smart Grid scenarios is becoming increasingly important. One of the most common solutions is to have industrial routers send information securely to the different utility control centers. Main Advantages 1. Flexibility, because these devices can run on different power sources depending on where they are installed, and have multiple LAN connection options...

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Hybrid PRIME PLC and radio telecom networks

Hybrid PRIME PLC and radio telecom networks

Telecommunication networks are one of the most important factors for assuring a successful advanced metering infrastructure. The choice of the appropriate technology is not an easy decision for electricity distribution companies. Several questions arise. For example, should the utilities rely on private telecommunication networks for their AMI deployments? or should they pay for using third...

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Improving Efficiencies Through PLC PRIME Communications Gateway

Improving Efficiencies Through PLC PRIME Communications Gateway

Traditional PLC-based smart metering solutions require the installation of PLC data concentrators in remote and unattended second tier substations. PLC Data concentrators handle communications with the different smart meters installed at consumer premises, consolidate the metering data and send it to the AMI management systems. This option involves storing confidential metering data belonging to...

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PRIME v1.4 is ready to improve Smart Grids

PRIME v1.4 is ready to improve Smart Grids

PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) is a PLC (Power line communication) technology based on the ITU G.9904 specification. It uses OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) technology to provide an efficient physical connectivity to elements that make up a smart grid, employing medium and low voltage power distribution networks that already exist. PRIME technology has been...

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Smart Grids and reliability of communications

Smart Grids and reliability of communications

Smart Grids can be thought of as computer intelligence and networking abilities applied to a dumb electricity distribution system, with the aim to improve operations, maintenance and planning so that each component of the electric grid can at the same time talk and listen. This set of operational features leads to automation, a key aspect in smart grid technologies. But of course, in order be...

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