Definition: Two-Way Communications (High Bandwidth)
Two-Way Communications (High Bandwidth)
A two-way communications infrastructure that can network one or more parts of the smart grid via secure, high speed, high bandwidth connections. This infrastructure system serves as the backbone of the customer systems, AMI, distribution, and transmission smart grid systems.
- A smart meter is an electronic device that as a minimum records consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less and communicates that information at least daily back to the utility for monitoring and billing. Smart meters enable two-way communication between the meter and the central system. Unlike basic home energy monitors, smart meters can gather data for remote reporting. Such an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) differs from traditional automatic meter reading (AMR) in that it enables two-way communications with the meter. Communications from the meter to the network may be via fixed wired connections or wirelessly. Wired communications options include power line carrier (PLC). There are many wireless communication options in common use including: cellular communications (which can be expensive), Wi-Fi (readily available), wireless ad hoc networks over Wi-FI, wireless mesh networks, low power long range wireless (LORA), ZigBee (low power low data rate wireless) and Wi-SUN (Smart Utility Networks).
- Smart meters are digital devices which transmit information about electricity consumption and production (feed-in of renewable energy) to the utility provider. Smart meters offer a range of modern applications and allow the end-user to take advantage of dynamic prices and off-peak rebates.
- [www.smartgrid.gov/sites/default/files/pdfs/description_of_assets.pdf SmartGrid.gov 'Description of Assets']