Utilities are finding strategic benefits in demand-based metering technologies.
It's been years since utilities regarded...
Look Twice Before Diversifying into Telephony
will be served by installing packet radios to span the distance between the utility's network and the desired locations. Finally, some companies may want a turnkey installation where the utility plans and installs a network that will be completely operated and managed by the client company.
The most obvious applications for packet radio networks will require bursty data transmissions where wire-based services are not readily available. Target applications might include
portable computers/ personal digital assistants for field workers, demand-side management and distribution-automation programs for other utilities, automatic meter-reading, remote facility monitoring, and alarm monitoring. However, while these applications may be appropriate from a technical perspective, the utility must align this service with the company's overall strategy (em that is, to support a sustainable competitive advantage. In the end, the success of any new telecommunications offering will depend on select- ing the appropriate technology
to fit the company's corporate strategy. t
Larry Stein is a senior associate with Theodore Barry & Associates, a management consulting firm that specializes in the energy and telecommunications industries. Mr. Stein works in the firm's telecommunications practice and has extensive experience with the regional Bell operating companies.
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