Electric Utilities CVR wins with 5G and IoT - PART 2

By Ken Caird, Chief technology Officer, Energy & Utilities at VNCTech Group 

Since the early 1990s, there have been extensive discussions about automating the electric distribution network of utilities around the world. This topic became so popular that a trade show, “DistibuTech”, was created to promote the ideas and innovation within distribution automation.

Electric utilities have automated their distribution feeders to:

  1. Improve Power Quality (SAIFI, MAIFI, SAIDI, etc.)

  2. Reduce Network Losses (VAR & I2R)

  3. Reduce peak loads

  4. Increase network Capacity

  5. Defer capital improvements


Although much progress has been made in developing process and technology, we have yet to see a broad implementation of distribution automation across all utilities. There are a number of reasons for this, with the number one impediment to broad deployment being communication constraints including:

  1. Cost

  2. Access … Right of Way

  3. Frequency Allocation

  4. Bandwidth Limitations

  5. Latency Issues

  6. Congestion Issues


In summary, the communications technologies of the past failed because of the cost to roll out dedicated communications infrastructure and the bandwidth was not scalable to large number of devices.

Recent advances in 5G wireless telecommunication technology may be the answer to these constraints. Telecom companies throughout North America are all busy rolling out this next generation of wireless telecommunications technology making it more ...


Chief Technology Officer

Energy & Utilities

VNCTech Group



Dallas, Texas, USA

VNC Technologies Company

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