Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

IT, Resource Productivity, Environmental Preservation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Smart Grid Wireless Networking Standards

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Green Inc. on NYTimes reports that “Wireless Protocols Vie for Smart Grid.”

The market for ’smart appliances’ is in rapid development, and wireless companies want to make sure they get a piece of the pie.

On Wednesday, the Wi-Fi Alliance, a consortium of companies developing wireless technologies, released a white paper detailing the benefits of Wi-Fi as the standard of communication in smart grid solutions.

The idea behind the smart grid is to use digital technology to more discretely track electricity use, and provide this information to both users and utility companies with an eye toward more efficient delivery and consumption.

And as the digitally-enhanced grid expands, demand for the ability to wirelessly move data between all manner of smart appliances, control panels and other interfaces will inevitably grow.

Let’s back up here.

  • services delivered via smart grid ==> information systems requirements
  • information systems requirements ==> technology infrastructure requirements
  • technology infrastructure requirements = power, time to connect, security, etc.
  • power, time to connect, security, etc. <==> wireless protocol.

So, talking about wireless protocols without first examining the various e-services enabled by future smart grids is putting the cart before the horse. So to speak.


Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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