Evolving Technologies Prompt Changes There are a variety of factors that are compelling the change away from frame relay. The evolving requirements of the smart grid, using tools such as automation, sensors and data analytics, are driving up the capacity and latency requirements of networks. This demands bandwidth from an increasingly exhausted infrastructure, Hulinsky said. In addition, utilities are now relying on advanced technologies to meet growing regulation demands for renewable energy targets, reliable service, security and energy efficiency. “Current network infrastructure is reaching obsolescence,” Hulinsky noted. “Public carriers are discontinuing services, such as frame relay.” The Network Assessment Utilities can reduce long-term costs and enhance reliability by migrating to a more scalable and flexible network infrastructure, Hulinsky said. As utilities begin to develop their roadmap for network migration, the assessments should include: A review of current network assets, transmission and distribution topology Documentation of the existing and new application requirements Data flow analysis for applications and services Analysis of network bandwidth use and requirements Examination of network and security requirements Resource and staffing analysis Industry benchmarks Interviews with all stakeholders to capture buy-in and utility goals Once the network assessment is completed, conceptual and detailed designs can begin. The actual implementation process starts with procurement, testing and finally installation. Having a single vendor to work through the project’s entirety helps a utility manage each piece of the planning and execution, Hulinsky said. “Our experience in planning, design and implementation of these complex projects puts utilities on the right track toward ensuring that their network infrastructure will support all of their needs now and well into the future.” Subject Matter Expert David Hulinsky: HulinskyDL@bv.com Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.