Smart Grid Planning Sevices

System Block Diagram

The design of a Smart Grid starts with a system block diagram. If this does not exist, then in meetings with your team, Aurastar will generate a system block diagram representing the structure of your utility, whether it includes distribution, transmission or a combination of the two.

Traffic Planning

For each block on the diagram, Aurastar will solicit information from your team to best describe the traffic flows through that block. End points will be identified and used as starting points in data aggregation. These may be reclosers, capacitor banks, or other pole-mounted devices; or they could be entire substations. Aurastar will also request a planning horizon time frame.

After this basic information is documented, and agreed upon by your team, Aurastar will use it in combination with an existing database of Use Cases to generate a base traffic forecast.

The Traffic Growth Forecast

Aurastar will generate a growth forecast building on multiple sources. These include government agency and industry organization research reports, selected company performance data, demographic data, and various others. A key source will be information on emerging technologies. Because these cannot be accurately predicted, but must be considered, probability factors for expected, high and low traffic impacts will be used in the forecast.
The resulting growth forecast will extend the base traffic forecast through your planning horizon, resulting in high, low and expected levels of traffic over that period of time.

Once the traffic forecast has been reviewed and agreement on it has been established with your team, the basis for the Smart Grid network architecture will have been established. From that architecture, wireless coverage and backhaul planning can take place.