The growing global population is driving the increased demand for electricity. Added to this, governments around the world are focusing on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by increasing the utilisation of renewable energy sources in the power chain.
Competition for leaders in this market is gaining pace, with market players needing to demonstrate they can provide sufficient capacity, as well as reliability, efficiency and sustainability. Their service provision relies of many key operational factors, in particular the ability to plan and model the Smart Grid network and measure its performance.
ATDI has implemented the very latest technology in its flagship radio planning tools enabling network operators to plan and model their networks.
Fig. 1 – Creation of clusters: identified electric meters able to connect to hub stations directly or via other meter
ICS designer and ICS telecom support the planning of Smart Grid networks, including:
– Modelling the electric meters with subscribers,
– Creating cluster connections between the meters,
– Automatic planning features for the network hubs,
– Validating and verifying network performance,
– Creating reports including hops and connections.
CISCO case study
ATDI demonstrated this competence when chosen by CISCO, the leading RF smart metering and networking communications provider, to design and optimize an IP wireless mesh network in Tasmania, enabling them to deploy their RF smart electric metering network solution. The advanced clustering module developed in ICS telecom and ICS designer was used to design, optimise and confirm the integrity and reliability of the IP Wireless Mesh Network, which incorporated thousands RF smart meters and routers devices.
The study included the following key processes:
- Validation of the RF interconnection between more than 30,000 electric metering devices,
- Verification of the interconnections between all the reclosers and at least two routers
- Addition of repeaters while considering the existing electric pole locations to ensure the interconnectivity between reclosers and routers, located in the urban and rural areas.
Fig. 2 – Electric meters plotted on map
Fig. 3 – Electric meters connected to hub stations
Conclusion of study
The clustering module developed in ATDI’s software solution ensured that the CISCO mesh network design and subsequent network optimisation met the specific criteria dedicated to this RF mesh network.
Using ICS designer ATDI was able to ensure the interconnections between RF devices were consistent and stable. The software also identified the best repeater locations, ensuring reliability of the network with the minimum number of repeaters.