On Friday, 27 April, Orjan Nottveit, R&D Director at Radiocrafts will be hosting an interactive webinar on the advantages, and disadvantages of the most common communications protocols deployed within smart grids globally. We thought to have a look on your behalf, to see what’s on offer.

Orjan, the Smart Grid markets Radiocrafts has established itself in have noted the benefits of Wireless M-BUS, so why look at comparative communications protocols?

Orjan: The answer is a simple one. Radiocrafts have always been proud of our ability to educate and train clients as an important part of what we do. Given that other protocols, such as LoRa, Sigfox and offer different levels of benefit in specific applications, this is an opportunity to have an impartial, educational look at the advantages and disadvantages of each.

For instance, a cellular protocol may offer long range, but licencing costs can be quite expensive – there are benefits and drawbacks for each case in application, and the webinar will provide an opportunity for major Utilities, T&D companies and network operators to ask the questions they’ve wanted to, but weren’t sure who to ask.

There also seems to be a lot of interest around 169Mhz, and how to adopt it within a complex deployment. Will you be addressing this?

Orjan: Absolutely. Again, it’s about what will work best for your requirements. The learning is simple, and easy-to-grasp for those who work in the Industry. Those in roles like Operational Management, looking at potential solutions will find some key learnings that will help them make the best decision for their current and future grid communications needs.

It’s a common opinion that the leading minds in Smart Grid Management are those who have experience in the Scandinavian and Nordic regions, where renewable, micro-grid, and IoT are being implemented using the latest technologies – both in the private and public sector. Would you agree?

Orjan: This is a common perception, and many may agree. That said, our team has established and continue working with, deployments in new, and challenging environments. There is a knowledge-store within the region, personalities that are taking leading roles in the industry. Our focus has always been, and remains, to best assist and educate clients, according to what’s best for them. That’s the one over-riding promise for this webinar – you’ll learn what you need to, not what we think you should know.

There seems to a misunderstanding around signal power and antenna size for Wireless MBUS, with some commercially available antennae promising consistent reliability for signal transmission, yet seeming to not deliver on that promise of consistency. Can you address this?

Orjan: This is a key point. Our team have always been able to advise on antenna design or specifications to deliver these results, and it’s part of why Wireless M-BUS has remained the most widely adapted communications protocol. We’ll cover off the requirements for common deployments, and our team will also be able to field questions afterwards.

Registrations are open, but spaces are limited, so book your seat now.

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