By Laird Connectivity
Wireless in the Energy Industry
Technological progress, convenient infrastructure, and added revenue opportunities have
driven short-range wireless connectivity into many conventional utilities applications.
While standard communication media such as telephone and wired LANs still serve basic
commercial and residential metering needs, these options often fall short of today's usage
Suppliers need instant access to data, simplified installation/operation, reliability in RFhostile
areas, and durability in industrial settings where temperatures reach extremes.
Additionally, increasing competition is forcing utility suppliers to reduce costs as much
as possible, particularly in communication.
Cable-free connectivity helps utility companies remain profitable despite these
challenges. Cost advantages can be gained through detailed, timely information on
customer usage. RF communication links let utilities instantly gather this information,
which can help them to enhance customer service, develop new pricing options, and
Thanks to affordable equipment, companies can cost-effectively expand coverage to
hundreds of thousands of customers. By integrating short-range RF transceivers into the
local LAN and then widening the network via cellular-based WAN, utilities can
wirelessly cover 100% of their metering population. Accurate daily and peak forecasts
give companies the opportunity to offer time-differentiated prices and customized billing
The best wireless systems are designed to operate efficiently, to reduce the costs of
deploying and using the network, and to allow users flexibility to increase the data
received over time. In addition, they are designed with redundant, back-up features
throughout the system to ensure accurate, reliable data delivery. AeroComm's ConnexRF
transceivers facilitate all of the above.
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