This report released by Aclara in May 2020 describes why a point-to-multipoint RF network is a necessary foundation to enable distribution automation applications of the future and for grid modernization to succeed. The topics covered include grid modernization, comparison of RF network architecture, distribution automation, and point-to-multipoint networks. The report will be of interest to utility operators, engineers, and technology developers.
Key words: architecture/engineering, communications, connected/EV vehicles, HVAC, natural gas, controls/sensors, smart grid, distribution automation, point-to-multipoint networks, utilities, grid modernization

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