According to a recent report from Navigant Research, the integration of distribution automation systems and applications with previously deployed or planned advanced metering infrastructure systems will be key to successful utility smart grid deployments in the coming years.
“The integration of advanced metering infrastructure and distribution automation will help utilities wring further financial benefits out of past investments and strengthen their AMI business cases before regulators,” says Richelle Elberg, senior research analyst with Navigant Research.
For a variety of reasons, however, the integration of AMI and DA systems presents a number of challenges to utilities. Potential obstacles, according to the report, can be found in AMI communications networks that are insufficiently robust, and in organizational silos where customer-facing (AMI) and network operations (DA) departments have not historically been required to collaborate. In addition, the sheer volume of raw data these new systems will deliver means that new information technology and analytics solutions will become increasingly critical to program success.
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