UHF white space network for rural smart grid communications

Malcolm Ronald Brew, Faisal Darbari, Louise Helen Crockett, Mark Waddell, Michael Fitch, Stephan Weiss, Robert Stewart

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2011
Event2nd IEEE Conference on Smart Grid Communications - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 17 Oct 201121 Oct 2011


Conference2nd IEEE Conference on Smart Grid Communications


  • white space network
  • rural smart grid communications
  • smart grids


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