In the smart grid era, the power industry is facing the rapid growth of electrical power networks and a corresponding dramatic increase in video surveillance, office automation or new business requirements (e.g. providing boardband services). It requires sufficient bandwidth resources to accommodate growing network scale and data volumes for several years to come.
Meanwhile, low-rate systems with traditional service are still the cornerstone of safe production and operation of power. Accordingly, the bearer networks of smart grids also need to be reliable enough to ensure real-time transmission of mission-critical electricity data, even in extreme environments.
This paper introduces the resilient optical platform for smart grid operating environments. It explains how this platform meets the capacity, security, reliability and long-distance communications requirements of power transmission networks, and supports a variety of electric power services or business opportunities on a unified network.