Utilities are changing their network infrastructure through cellular, specifically PLTE (Private LTE). What are the drivers for embracing private LTE networks? Key drivers include:
- Increased security
- Reduced latency and reliable connectivity via cellar backup to broadband circuits
- Reduced operating costs
- Meet new energy monitoring requirements for wind, solar, etc.
- Manage and take control of their operating environment 24 x 7 x 365
- Rapid deployment using cellular
Reliable connectivity is critical in the development of innovative IoT applications helping utilities increase operational efficiency, improve customer engagement, and add renewable energy resources.
Private LTE networks – cell sites and core network infrastructure dedicated to the utilities only and their specific requirements – offer several important advantages, including flexibility, control, conformance with global standards, and costs.
How can Encore Networks help?
Our team has 20+ years experience working with utilities. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we assist our utility clients in implementing solutions that best suit their requirements and budget, such as avoiding major overhauls of existing network infrastructure, i.e., forklift upgrades.
We understand the importance of flexibility. When designing private LTE networks, we take the utility’s specific application needs into account, such as: Which SCADA are they using? Does the network use mod bus, DNP?
Private LTE networks enable utilities to manage and take control of their operating environment, such as delivering coverage to remote areas where public coverage is weak or non-existent. Overall security can be enhanced by having full control over required software upgrades or security patches. Additionally, cellular as a back up provides for continuous connectivity.
How can Encore Networks provide value to your organization? What are best practices that need to be considered?
We have helped dozens of utilities review strategy and plan their migration paths from adding to their current infrastructure or all the way to private 4G and 5G networks.
Are you interested in learning how other utilities are using the latest in spectrum allocations and network equipment to position themselves to operate better today and in the future?