Last month, we introduced how the Smart Grid has provided an opportunity for power utilities to rethink their operating strategies and come up with innovative ways to integrate the new and the old in order to position themselves for the future. We then described the first two lessons that can be applied to any industrial networking system: Plan for scalable bandwidth to handle the steadily increasing demand for data AND Explore heavier-duty switches and routers to support expanding demands for more equipment attachments.
But, Smart Grid network implementations have many more lessons for all industrial networks:
Distributed alternative power generation resources, as well as the need for twoway communications at users' meters, often require wireless connectivity support.
In the case of a security incident, it is necessary to ensure that the time stamps on data from various cameras and intrusion detection devices are synchronized to a universal clock to ensure that accurate sequencing of events can be tracked.
Terminal servers and routers should support both Ethernet and serial.
Modular technologies that support the mixing and matching of blocks of ports on individual switches and routers provide cos teffective and easy to deploy alternatives to fixed port boxes.
Firewalls, port access control, password health and authentication, encryption, VPNs, and employee training are some of the key components.
It is more important than ever to work with corporate IT as a partner rather than as an adversary.
Here, progress is measured in increments … it's rarely feasible to overhaul the entire plant system in one fell swoop.
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