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UHF white space network for rural smart grid communications

Brew, Malcolm Ronald and Darbari, Faisal and Crockett, Louise Helen and Waddell, Mark and Fitch, Michael and Weiss, Stephan and Stewart, Robert (2011) UHF white space network for rural smart grid communications. In: 2nd IEEE Conference on Smart Grid Communications, 2011-10-17 - 2011-10-21.

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We present a white space communications test bed running in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, and discuss its feasibility for smart grid communications. The network aims to serve communities that have great potential for distributed generation of electricity, by means of wind, water, and tidal power. However, smart grid applications such as remote meter reading and load balancing are impaired by the scarcity or lack of communications infrastructure in remote rural areas such as the Scottish Highlands and Islands. We argue that the proposed system is based on a network of energy self-sufficient radio relay nodes that make it a robust and independent medium to support smart grid communications in rural settings.