TMCNet:  Smart Grid Networking and Communications

[September 19, 2013]

Smart Grid Networking and Communications

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Smart Grid Networking and Communications http://www.reportlinker.com/p0249450/Smart-Grid-Networking-and-Communications.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Wireless_Technology Public and Private, Wired and Wireless Networks for Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Distribution Automation, and Substation Automation: Market Analysis and Forecasts As the era of utility-driven smart grid projects enters its second decade, industry focus is expanding beyond smart meter deployments to include distribution automation projects that can quickly provide operating benefits and efficiency, such as outage notification and restoration and conservation voltage reduction (CVR). Other emerging projects will support not only large, utility-scale generation sources, but also consumer-level applications, including electric vehicle (EV) chargers, PV solar installations, and (eventually) residential energy storage. Globally, smart grid pilots are being started across Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, areas that had been slow to warm to the promise of a more intelligent, automated, and responsive power grid. And European nations are ramping up their deployments ahead of the 20-20-20 deadline.Meanwhile, communications technology is evolving rapidly and vendors and service providers are working aggressively to position their products to meet the expanded needs of utilities. IP-based standards are becoming commonplace and recent generations of wireless technologies, including RF mesh, point-to-multipoint, WiMAX, and LTE, are showing greater potential for smart grid applications over the long run. As a result of the dynamic marketplace, Navigant Research now sees a substantially larger opportunity for smart grid communications through 2020. The number of communications node shipments is forecast to rise to 124.7 million in 2020, up from 91.7 million in 2012, and revenue will peak at nearly $3.3 billion in 2018.


This Navigant Research report analyzes recent developments in the global smart grid communications market. Nearly two dozen communications technologies are explained in detail and use cases are described. The study also examines the shifting funding environments and changing priorities of utilities, and how communications equipment and services are evolving to meet those demands. Updated market forecasts for smart grid communications nodes and devices, segmented by device type, application, technology, and region, extend through 2020. The report examines how vendors are positioning their products in the smart grid communications market and provides profiles of market players active in smart grid projects globally.

Key Questions Addressed: How are smart grid communications technologies evolving?Which wired and wireless communications technologies are being deployed for which smart grid applications?What are the strengths and weaknesses of each smart grid communications technology?How are service providers shifting their offerings for utilities deploying smart grid applications?How will the shifts in smart meter deployments globally affect the sale of communications nodes?What are the global and regional outlooks for smart grid communications node shipments and revenue? Who needs this report? Smart grid hardware and software companiesNetworking and telecommunications equipment vendorsTelecommunications service providersSystems integrators and consultantsElectric, water, and gas utilitiesGovernment agenciesInvestor community1. Executive Summary1.1 Introduction to Smart Grid Communications1.2 The Network Architecture1.3 Market Shifts1.4 Smart Grid Communications Forecast Overview2. Market Issues2.1 Introduction2.2 Electrical Grid Overview2.3 Smart Metering and AMI2.3.1 Why Smart Meters?2.3.1.1 Smart Meter Utility Operating Benefits2.3.1.2 Consumer Energy Use Reduction Benefits2.3.1.3 Demand Response2.3.1.4 Net Metering, Local Generation, and Electric Vehicle Support2.3.2 AMI Architecture2.3.3 Smart Metering Communications Requirements2.4 Distribution Automation2.4.1 Basic Automation2.4.2 Distribution Automation Communications Requirements2.5 Substation Automation2.5.1 SCADA Systems2.5.2 Physical Security2.5.3 Workforce Communications2.5.4 Substation Automation Communications Requirements2.6 Derivative Smart Grid Applications2.6.1 Outage, Fault Management, and Outage Restoration Services2.6.2 Asset Management and Monitoring2.6.3 Distributed and Alternative Generation Integration2.6.4 Demand Response2.6.5 Contingency and Capacity Planning2.6.6 Workforce Automation2.7 Market Considerations for Communications Providers3. Technology Issues3.1 Introduction3.2 Private versus Public Communications Networks3.3 Public Wired Technologies3.3.1 Plain Old Telephone Service3.3.2 Time Division Multiplexing3.3.3 Broadband3.4 Public Wireless Technologies3.4.1 2G/3G Cellular3.4.2 4G Cellular3.4.3 Market Environment and Business Structure3.4.4 Technology Challenges3.4.4.1 Availability and Reliability3.4.4.2 Latency3.4.4.3 Interoperability3.4.5 Security Concerns3.5 Private Wired Technologies3.5.1 Fiber Optic Communications3.5.2 Dedicated Copper Communications3.5.3 Power Line Communications3.5.3.1 Low Speed Power Line Communications3.5.3.2 Narrowband Power Line Carrier3.5.3.2.1. Echelon LonWorks3.5.3.2.2. PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution (PRIME)3.5.3.2.3. IEC 61334-5-x Standards3.5.3.2.4. CENELEC EN 50090 (Konnex/KNX)3.5.3.2.5. Meters and More3.5.3.2.6. G3-PLC Specification3.5.3.2.7. IEEE P1901.23.5.3.3 Broadband over Power Line3.6 Private Wireless Technologies3.6.1 Proprietary RF Mesh3.6.2 IEEE 802.15.4 Standards3.6.2.1 IEEE 802.15.4g3.6.2.2 Wireless M-Bus3.6.3 Wi-Fi3.6.4 Microwave Point-to-Point Links3.6.5 Proprietary Point-to-Multipoint Communications3.6.6 Private WiMAX3.6.7 Private LTE3.6.8 Satellite Communications3.6.9 Summary Comparisons4. Key Industry Players4.1 Introduction4.2 Key Smart Grid Technology Vendors4.2.1 ABB/Tropos Networks Inc.4.2.2 Ambient Corp.4.2.3 CURRENT Group, LLC4.2.4 Echelon Corporation4.2.5 Elster Group4.2.6 Itron, Inc.4.2.7 Landis+Gyr4.2.8 Sensus4.2.9 Silver Spring Networks4.2.10 Trilliant Inc.4.3 Other Selected Smart Grid Communications Vendors4.3.1 Aclara (ESCO Technologies)4.3.2 Alcatel-Lucent4.3.3 Cisco Systems4.3.4 Cooper Power Systems4.3.5 FreeWave Technologies4.3.6 GE Digital Energy4.3.7 Holley Metering Ltd.4.3.8 iDirect, Inc.4.3.9 Jasper Wireless4.3.10 RuggedCom Inc.4.3.11 S&C Electric Company4.3.12 Texas Instruments4.4 Communications Service Providers4.4.1 AT&T4.4.2 KT4.4.3 O24.4.4 Sprint Nextel4.4.5 Verizon5. Market Forecasts5.1 Smart Grid Communications Global Forecast and Methodology5.1.1 Worldwide Forecast5.1.2 Worldwide Forecast by Device Type5.1.3 Worldwide Forecast by Technology5.1.4 Worldwide Forecast by Region5.2 North America Smart Grid Communications Forecast5.3 Europe Smart Grid Communications Forecast5.4 Asia Pacific Smart Grid Communications Forecast5.5 Latin America Smart Grid Communications Forecast5.6 Middle East & Africa Smart Grid Communications Forecast5.7 Communications Device Forecast Risks5.8 Conclusions and Recommendations6. Company Directory7. Acronym and Abbreviation List8. Table of Contents9. Table of Charts and Figures10. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes List of Charts and Figures Communications Node Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, World Markets: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, World Markets: 2012-2020Communications Node Market Distribution by Technology, World Markets: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, North America: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, United States: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Canada: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Europe: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Latin America: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Middle East & Africa: 2012-2020Simplified Grid Transmission and Distribution SystemTypical Smart Meter Network ArchitectureSCADA System General LayoutExample of a SONET/SDH Application in a Utility NetworkMesh Network ConfigurationsStar Network ConfigurationExample of a WiMAX Smart Grid Application List of Tables Communications Requirement DescriptionsSmart Metering NAN and AMI-WAN Communications RequirementsDistribution Automation Communications RequirementsSubstation Automation Communications RequirementsPower Line Communications TechnologiesRF Mesh Vendors and TechnologyRelative Comparison of Smart Grid CommunicationsABB/Tropos SWOT AnalysisAmbient SWOT AnalysisCURRENT SWOT AnalysisEchelon SWOT AnalysisElster SWOT AnalysisItron SWOT AnalysisLandis+Gyr SWOT AnalysisSensus SWOT AnalysisSilver Spring Networks SWOT AnalysisTrilliant SWOT AnalysisForecasted Communications TechnologiesCommunications Node Unit Shipments by Application, World Markets: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, World Markets: 2012-2020Communications Node Average Selling Price by Device Type, World Markets: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, World Markets: 2012-2020AMI-NAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 2012-2020AMI-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 2012-2020DA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 2012-2020SA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 2012-2020All Node Unit Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, North America: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, North America: 2012-2020Communications Node Average Selling Price by Device Type, North America: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, North America: 2012-2020AMI-NAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, North America: 2012-2020AMI-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, North America: 2012-2020DA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, North America: 2012-2020SA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, North America: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, United States: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, United States: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, United States: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, Canada: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, Canada: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Canada: 2012-2020Communication Node Unit Shipments by Application, Europe: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, Europe: 2012-2020Communications Node Average Selling Price by Device Type, Europe: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Europe: 2012-2020AMI-NAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Europe: 2012-2020AMI-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Europe: 2012-2020DA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Europe: 2012-2020SA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Europe: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020Communications Node Average Selling Price by Device Type, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020AMI-NAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020AMI-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020DA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020SA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, Latin America: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, Latin America: 2012-2020Communications Node Average Selling Price by Device Type, Latin America: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Latin America: 2012-2020AMI-NAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Latin America: 2012-2020AMI-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Latin America: 2012-2020DA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Latin America: 2012-2020SA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Latin America: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, Middle East & Africa: 2012-2020Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, Middle East & Africa: 2012-2020Communications Node Average Selling Price by Device Type, Middle East & Africa: 2012-2020Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Middle East & Africa: 2012-2020AMI-NAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2012-2020AMI-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2012-2020DA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2012-2020SA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2012-2020AMI-NAN Communications Node Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020AMI-WAN Communications Node Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020DA-WAN Communications Node Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020SA-WAN Communications Node Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020AMI Node Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020AMI Concentrator Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020Network Interface Converter Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020Substation Router Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020Substation Ethernet Switch Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020WAN Backbone Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020Generalized Grid Router Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020Total Smart Grid Communications Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020Public Service Provider Smart Grid Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020Wireline Public Service Provider Smart Grid Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020Wireless Public Service Provider Smart Grid Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020 To order this report: Smart Grid Networking and Communications 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