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It’s been quite the week in the Smart Grid world. Discover some of the top Smart Grid headlines from across the industry: USA and Australia Leading the World in Smart Grid Development Check out this brand new report that provides detailed analysis of the energy and utilities market worldwide. Smart Meter Benefits for Low-Income Consumers Smart meter benefits aren’t […]

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Don’t miss some of the most popular Smart Grid news stories from across the industry during the first week of February: Report: Government Rules Delaying Smart Grid Evolution This article from Smart Grid online offers insight on a recent study from NanoMarkets that found the stall behind the evolution of the Smart Grid is government policies and regulations […]

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Check out some of the Smart Grid news headlines from around the industry during the last week of January: Recovery Act Investments Provide Michigan with $83.8 Million for Smart Meters According to 4EVRiders.org , $19.3 million has been provided to develop smart household appliances that schedule energy use for efficiency and cost-savings, as well as $5 million to […]

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From transportation to commerce, education to health care: the Smart Grid is a networking and communications infrastructure comprised of energy monitoring devices installed in homes and businesses throughout the electricity distribution grid. This collective organization provides a “nervous system” for the grid giving consumers the ability to monitor and control energy consumption comprehensively in real […]

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To understand the benefits of a synchronous protocol, it helps to look at the disadvantages of an asynchronous protocol. When a node using an asynchronous protocol such as 802.11 wants to transmit a frame, it normally will simply transmit the frame after it senses the channel is idle for a period of time (which is […]

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To understand the benefits of a synchronous protocol, it helps to look at the disadvantages of an asynchronous protocol. When a node using an asynchronous protocol such as 802.11 wants to transmit a frame, it normally will simply transmit the frame after it senses the channel is idle for a period of time (which is […]

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To summarize so far, there are two primary reasons to use a synchronous, scheduled protocol within a mesh network: MAC layer coordination and to point directional antennas. Regarding the latter, to avoid the challenges of dynamically pointing antennas, some multi-antenna systems use a separate radio for each antenna (or subset of antennas). This has several […]

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Beyond the reasons mentioned in Part 1, there is another equally important, if not more important, reason to use a synchronous protocol for broadband wireless mesh – to point antennas. One of the most effective tools an RF engineer uses to improve a wireless link and to minimize a link’s impact on others is to […]

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The most obvious reason that someone would choose a synchronous protocol for an outdoor wireless network is to have the ability to schedule transmissions. However, there are actually some crude ways to implement a scheduled system without being synchronous, such as by simple polling. In fact, 802.11 includes an optional Point Coordination Function (PCF) that […]

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When we were designing the SecureMesh WAN multi-hop scheduling protocol, our task would have been much easier if we simply used one radio to talk to the parent node and another radio to talk to the child nodes. However, there are several reasons why we chose to tackle the much more difficult problem of single-radio […]

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