AGI and distribution automation

Distribution automation (DA) applications implemented by the utility require two-way communications with voltage regulators, capacitor banks, automated switches, and reclosers located on the feeders. One of the most significant barriers to widespread deployment of remote monitoring and control of distribution feeder equipment is lack of reliable and cost effective facilities for communicating with this equipment. Often, the lack of suitable communication facilities is the primary reason why electric utilities do not implement continuous monitoring and control on the feeder.

To address this problem, utilities can leverage their EnergyAxis System communication LAN and WAN AMI investment linked to AGI nodes to provide alternative communication channels with the DA feeder devices. AGI nodes distributed throughout the feeder network re-enforce the AMI communication network.