Key performance aspects of an LTE FDD based Smart Grid communications network

Brown, Jason and Khan, Jamil (2013) Key performance aspects of an LTE FDD based Smart Grid communications network. Computer Communications, 36 (5). pp. 551-561. ISSN 0140-3664

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Abstract

The Smart Grid will enable a new era of electricity generation, transmission, distribution and consumption driven by efficiency, reliability, flexibility and environmental concerns. A key component of the Smart Grid is a communications infrastructure for data acquisition, monitoring, control and protection. In this paper, we evaluate the key performance aspects of an LTE Release 8 FDD network as the wide area communications network for Smart Grid applications. We develop analytical results for latency and channel utilization and discuss the implications for Smart Grid traffic sources, particularly the fact that system capacity is likely to be control channel limited. We also develop an OPNET based discrete event simulation model for a PMU based fault monitoring system using LTE FDD as its communication medium and use it to validate the analytical findings. In particular, we demonstrate how uplink data plane latencies of less than 10ms can only be achieved using small application layer packets. These findings can be used to understand how to best deploy an LTE FDD network in a Smart Grid environment and also in the development of new radio resource management algorithms that are tailored specifically to Smart Grid traffic sources.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 01:19
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2018 01:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: LTE, Smart Grid communication, latency, channel utilization, fault monitoring, M2M
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090607 Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Renewable Power)
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100510 Wireless Communications
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890103 Mobile Data Networks and Services
B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890104 Mobile Telephone Networks and Services
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.comcom.2012.12.007
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35189

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