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Why are Communication Systems Important for Utilities?
Utility companies need robust communication technology to ensure the smooth operation of the facilities and delivery of services.
FREMONT, CA: The underlying impact of communications technologies for the utility sector has often gone unnoticed. In the utility industry's everyday operations, communications essay an integral role. Telecommunications enable coordinated, reliable, and efficient functionalities for the modern utility infrastructure. Thus, utility communications, which have been hidden from view until now, have the stakeholders interested.
Communication networks are vital service delivery to consumers with a minimum number of breakdowns. When transmission and delivery infrastructures use advanced telecommunications, utility operators find new ways to handle services effectively and ensure customer satisfaction. Most utility companies depend on their communication infrastructure with tailor-made features that serve certain purposes. However, digital transformations have led to the need for flexible and scalable systems of communication.
Communication systems are essential to integrate distributed energy sources and expand smart grids. Delivering benefits to the end-user is possible only with robust communication networks. Also, a
range of mission-critical functions in the utility sector depends entirely on communication technology. In addition to enhancing responsiveness capabilities, communications systems make security infrastructure better. Physical security is essential for protecting utilities from risks. Surveillance relies on communication systems. Besides, the high-resolution data captured by surveillance equipment have to be sent to control rooms. In the absence of secure communication channels, it becomes impossible to take advantage of modern surveillance systems. Utility communications are, thus, essential to boost physical security measures.
The use of wireless, as well as cable-based communications, defines utility communications today. Cost and functionality are significant factors based on which utility companies deploy a combination of wireless and wire-enabled infrastructure. Wireless communications enable companies to overcome terrain and geography limitations. With microwave and fiber as the two widely used mediums of communication in the utility sector, the companies are set to deliver higher resilience and better quality of services.
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