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Building the Smart Grid Communications Network

This session will explore options utilities have for building out the most critical infrastructure of an intelligent grid - the field area network. The choices made here will be fundamental for any utility modernizing its grid, as well as the broader vision for a centralized national smart grid. A key focus will be assessing the extent to which the worlds of IT, data networks and telecoms have a role play in helping energy companies achieve this pursuit.
Recorded Jul 29 2010 78 mins
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Online conference focusing on key smart grid advances and challenges.
The one-day Summit on Thursday, March 18 will highlight the perspectives of leading utilities, technology companies, systems integrators, and regulators in making the smart grid a reality. The focus will be on the business case for smart grids, how to implement effectively, recent technology advances, standards and regulatory progress, and identifying new business opportunities.

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