Ten years ago, BlackBerry 5810 was the coolest gadget for business people to communicate over 50kbps GPRS link. Today you can buy new iPad with 4G LTE at around 6 to 7Mbps. What lessons does power industry learn from this? Five years ago early adopters of AMI were astounded by 100kbps. Once they had it, they started to devour – they noticed that it was not sufficient for remote firmware update, getting more power quality data, and so on. Furthermore, it was so natural that those early adopters started to think of leveraging AMI to cover distribution network, which is still left as a blind spot in between smart meters and substations in terms of visibility and control from remote operation center.
If you are going to make an investment decision now, you need to learn how to select long-standing technology. In this webinar, Katz Inoue of Fujitsu Limited, decade-long experienced technical marketing in telecommunications, will give presentations over pros and cons of available communication technology, with the help from GTM Research analyst Ben Kellison, who has just written up the white paper titled "Next-Generation Communications Protocols for Advanced Smart Grid Applications". Jointly they will give utility providers and power equipment manufacturers an innovative insight into future-proof choice of communication infrastructure. Mike Azuma, the director of Smart Network Project Operation at Fujitsu America Inc., will talk about state-of-the-art demonstration project ongoing in U.S. to prove the concept.