Tropos Networks - Why Public vs Private for Smart Grid Communications

posted Jul 28, 2011, 8:36 AM by Unknown user

Recently, Tropos' Chief Technology Officer, Narasimha Chari, gave a presentation as part of the Smart Grid Virtual Summit in which he discusses the critical role of communication networks in building the foundation of the smart grid.  The focus of his discussion is on the key criteria utilities are using in selecting use of public vs private networks for smart grid communications.
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July 25-27, 2011
Bonita Springs, Florida

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Cincinnati, Ohio

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September 18-20, 2011
Scottsdale, AZ

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