Sector Name:Power Delivery & Utilization - Distribution & Utilization
Document Type:Technical Results
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The field area network (FAN) concept is emerging as a ubiquitous, high-performance, secure, reliable network providing “last mile” backhaul service for distribution supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems, as well as network access services for advanced distribution management and automation, distributed energy resources, and any future smart grid applications requiring connectivity from within and beyond the distribution substation.
One objective of the FAN project is to establish methods and metrics for assessing the reliability and performance of FAN technologies. This project seeks to work with utilities to incorporate the evaluation of FAN reliability into their field trials, using the metrics and methods established in the project.
This project includes a series of meetings among project participants for the dissemination of information, experience, and results. Meetings have been held at host sites to gain hands-on experience in high-reliability FAN design, implementation, and operation. The eighth meeting was hosted by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) in San Diego, CA, November 17-18, 2015. The meeting presentations and discussions included updates on FAN pilot status from SDG&E, Salt River Project, Great River Energy, United Illuminating, and Ameren. The vendor forum included presentations from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Nuage Networks.
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