Smart meters for distribution automation to hit 143 million worldwide by 2020

Smart meters for distribution automation to hit 143 million worldwide by 2020

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By eeNews Europe

The integration of DA systems and applications with AMI systems is expected to help utilities increase the financial benefits from their smart grid investments explains a new report entitled ‘AMI and Distribution Automation Integration’ released by Navigant Research.

“As new generations of communications technology are deployed in AMI networks, utilities are learning and planning how to more efficiently integrate AMI and DA systems, and how to overcome the challenges that remain,” said Richelle Elberg, senior research analyst with Navigant Research.  “By the end of the decade, AMI/DA integration will likely be the standard in new smart grid deployments – but it will take longer to update the existing installed base.”

The primary obstacles to the efficient integration of AMI and DA systems can be found in the number of differing communications networks that have been used in existing AMI deployments – particularly in terms of their latency and throughput – as well as in the lack of protocol standards and interoperable devices.  Looking ahead, Navigant Research believes that vendors and standards bodies will overcome many of these obstacles and true integration will occur – but it will take time, and some early-adopter utilities may find that existing AMI communications systems do not lend themselves to full integration, the study concludes.

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