Using the existing network infrastructure (such as fault detector), energy operators can build smart grid IOT applications cost effectively.

Smart grid Internet of things applications

By connecting traditional devices to smart grid IOT applications, power companies can:

1) Real time push data – relying on centralized data polling can lead to large delays and limited scalability. Many iiot gateways poll data locally and create data models that can communicate with traditional SCADA systems and cloud based platforms to take advantage of modern web services.

2) Utilizing cellular infrastructure – iiot gateway allows grid monitoring equipment to form secure connections with multiple back-end or cloud systems using cellular connectivity.

3) Enhanced sensing through low-power sensors – the iiot gateway can convert lpwan sensor data from old protocols (such as DNP3 or newer cloud protocols).

4) Leveraging the cloud – as distributed power grids become more complex and need to manage more devices, iiot gateways can connect to cloud based infrastructure and share real-time data and analysis with users through cloud managed dashboards.

5) Enhanced grid security – traditional grid monitoring systems (when connected via IP network) are vulnerable to network attacks. They lack powerful network security functions because traditional protocols are not designed with modern threats in mind. Iiot gateway can use the latest security methods to minimize security risks, and update and patch security functions to adapt to changing network security threats.

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