Smart meter deployment best practices

There are over 70 million smart meters in the United States alone.  For each utility company, smart meter installation is a massive project with hundreds of sites and many repeatable tasks. What is a smart meter and how does it work? A smart meter is a connected utility usage measurement meter that detects how much power a certain location uses and how much, if applicable, that same location creates. Smart meters communicate through various mediums,  including Wide Area Network (WAN) and radio frequencies. For network radio, the radio transmits hourly …

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Smart City Deep Dive: LED Streetlights

Smart cities are on the rise. By definition, a smart city uses information and communication technologies to improve operational efficiency, share information with the public, and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare. Every day, smart city technologies are deployed across the globe, improving the lives of citizens everywhere, but it can be daunting to implement a radically different technology initiative. That’s why cities around the world are taking small, impactful steps first, by installing LED streetlights. Streetlights are essential critical infrastructure The streetlight is a piece …

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Gain a holistic view of site-based projects with Trackers and Maps

Our latest release delivers numerous enhancements and an even more powerful user experience in key parts of the Sitetracker platform. Each new release we deliver is a collaborative effort between us and our valued customers. This release is no different. As a true Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, Sitetracker delivers improvements in enterprise functionality and security automatically, without the need for any manual updates. This means that you always and automatically have the latest, best version of Sitetracker. Trackers: manage your entire portfolio    Trackers provide a holistic view of an entire …

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Preventative maintenance is essential for critical infrastructure reliability

Imagine that your water stopped running or your electricity went off. What would you do? Thankfully, for the most part, the water flows, electricity buzzes, and phones ring because of preventative maintenance work. Preventative maintenance is completed in a variety of critical infrastructure industries from utilities to telecom and is more important than you think. Learn more about why preventative maintenance is essential for utility companies who care about safety and reliability. What is preventative maintenance? Preventative maintenance is regular service and upkeep performed on assets in order to decrease …

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Net metering and interconnection will dominate utility project management

Foundation of net metering and interconnection The trend toward renewable energy is inevitable and state governments are making sure every utility embraces it. In order to do this, each state has created standards to reach renewable goals. What are Renewable Portfolio Standards? Each US state has instituted Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). These are policies that require utilities to ensure that a percentage, or in some cases a specified amount, of the electricity they sell comes from renewable resources. Most states have goals to greatly ramp up their renewable portfolio in …

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Fiber providers: unsung heroes of wireless infrastructure and our connected future

Across the telecom and wireless industry, the news is all about 5G. The cellular world is racing toward 5G and telecom infrastructure, such as small cells, are making headlines. 5G is important for our connected future and, certainly, small cells are a big part of it. We are seeing greater demand for throughput and connectivity. Consumers on their cell phones and other connected devices want high speeds and low latency from their wireless network. But, the technology we experience on those wireless networks has always been supported by wired infrastructure. …

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