Radio Frequency (RF) Mesh for Smart Grid Communications
UK Power Networks
UKPN Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
Comms & IT
This project is evaluating the use of Radio Frequency (RF) mesh communications
technologies for distribution automation and monitoring applications.
The project aims to investigate the technical performance
characteristics when used for secondary SCADA communications
and explore the comparative total cost of ownership with the
Existing operational communications technologies broadly meet
current requirements for telecontrol and protection. However, the
need for future functionality such as demand side management,
deeper monitoring and dynamic tariffs is expected to drive a
significant increase in the number of sensors, monitoring, Distribution
Automation (DA) equipment and volt / VAR optimisation devices on the
network increasing both the volume and criticality of data flowing
through the communications network.
Wireless RF mesh technology is an alternative approach to
operational communications that is being investigated in this project.