This report addresses trends in the development advanced Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for the Smart Grid (SG). In particular, it is concentrating on wireless cognitive ICT (WCICT) that have been recently standardized with SG applications in mind and which allow to significantly improve SG functionalities.
The report surveys activities of major industry organizations in the area of the SG ICT development. It also addresses technological and marketing analysis of SG ICT, including Smart Meters. The detailed analysis of the SG ICT industry profiles leading manufacturers.
Three technologies and their respective markets, applications, benefits and limitations are detailed. They are:
- IEEE802.11af, and
The last two technologies belong to a class of cognitive technologies based on utilization TVWS (TV White Spaces). In connection with this, the report addresses advances that cognitive spectrum utilization is bringing to SG users.
The report also provides a survey of patents related to the discussed technologies.
The report is written for a wide audience of technical and managerial staff involved in the ICT development for SG and will help them to better understand benefits of cognitive systems when they apply to the SG.