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Posted by: Industrial IT Team on January 02, 2013

There has been a big movement over the past decade to bring Ethernet into utility substations. But, to take advantage of the efficiencies and capabilities that Ethernet can offer, many substation network designers must first consider how to leverage their considerable investment in the existing serial infrastructure.

Going forward, “Hybrid” substation networking strategies will be the norm. In-place serial IEDs will need to coexist with and be complemented by new networking equipment. This does not mean, however, that these hybrid solutions must be compromised in terms of flexibility, security or performance. By leveraging existing substation-hardened equipment, security policies, IP protocols with the right network design, it is possible to construct highly flexible, secure, reliable and future-proofed networks today.

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