Regulatory policy guidelines for the “Energiewende” (paradigm shift in energy production in Germany towards renewable energy sources using alternative technologies) and an increasing number of suppliers of renewable energies are the driving factors behind the need to make energy distribution networks smarter. At the lower network levels in particular, it is important to implement bidirectional, assured M2M communication with consumers and suppliers. The installation of smart meters and smart metering systems will become mandatory for certain users within the next few years. At the same time, from a market and technology point of view, it is necessary to manage smart meters in the future smart grid via real-time communication links.
Currently, all energy suppliers are faced with the difficult task of finding the appropriate technology mix and business model as well as providers for the implementation of these complex requirements.
The transformation of control and measurement tasks (including stringent safety standards) into appropriate specifications for telecommunication providers is a huge challenge in itself, not least because the requirements vary regionally and different smart grid elements have to be taken into consideration for each energy supplier.
On the basis of proven methods, LATUS Consulting has developed specifications for the dimensioning of networks and communication routes for renowned German utility companies.