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Wired vs. Wireless Communication Networks – Effects on the Utility Sector

Hello there! When we talk about communication networks, it’s impossible to not to discuss the Wired and the Wireless communication. Also, recently their influence was highly seen in the utility industry as well. These industries are looking out for ways to increase their investment with the communication networks, in order to have a safe, secure transmission of data.

The two common communication techniques are the Wireless type and the Wired network (fiber optic and other wired options like the copper cable). Though both the types have an equal presence in the market, the wireless technology remains the leading among the two.

Wired vs. Wireless Communication Networks – Effects on the Utility Sector

When we look at the Smart Grid application, the Wireless Technology can help in better and improved data transmission. It can be explained with an example. There is a recloser control unit which helps in detecting any faults in the electricity distribution channel. With the help of these recloser controls, you could alter the paths and skip on the problematic areas.

This way, a simple automation could save power and even the time for you. It ensures optimized results with the assurance of smart grid performance.

Quick Comparison between the Wired & Wireless systems!

The wireless radio is the hard-built systems that work the best for the harsh environments and other life-death situations like the military applications. They are the most economical solutions among all the other communication platforms.

In terms of the installation, the wireless one is easier to install than the wired cables.

Coming to the maintenance: if you had to repair any damaged or broken cable, then the costs of the work will be too high. Whereas the wireless connections are almost free of any kind of maintenance. If a quality wireless system is installed, then you will rarely require any kind of service for that.

What are the advantages of Applying the Wireless Data Radios to the Utility Industry?

  • the owner of the industry could handle all the communications.
  • the security of the data is a major priority for the Data Radio setup, and
  • of course, the budget remains in check.

On the other end, there are Wired Data Radios which offers a reliable path of communication. They allow the owners to have better control over the communication, ensures secure data transfer, and it’s also a budget efficient communication pathway.

What’s your take on this?

D. Jason

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