Communications, IT, and Smart Grid Automation

The marketplace today expects reliable electric service, prompt and accurate responses to customer problems, and efficient business processes and reporting. Many new automation software packages are now available to improve metering, outage, work management, and reliability processes, and one of the keys to a utility’s success is its ability to take advantage of these new programs. The choices – and the ramifications of making a poor choice – have never been greater.

FYC, Inc.  has the expertise to assist utilities in uncovering the greatest need, identifying which software packages integrate well and best complement the utility’s existing capabilities, and selecting a vendor (or vendors) that make the strongest fit. In addition, utilities must be able to identify the most attractive communications infrastructure technology for such automation programs as SCADA, DA, AMI, and mobile field force automation applications. This can be a challenge, but FYC’s expertise in this area can help ensure that the software is operated on the most reliable communications system appropriately sized for today with an eye toward scalability for the future.

FYC can lead or assist your utility with the following type of communications and automation studies:

Communications Infrastructure

  • Fiber Optic Communications
  • Microwave
  • Migration to IP Networks
  • Mobile Voice and Data
  • Point-to-Multipoint Data
  • Protocols
  • Strategic Communications Plans
  • Wireless Spectrum Design and Acquisition


  • Cyber Security Work Plan
  • Utility IT Assessment


  • Bench Testing Services
  • Enterprise Integration

Technology/Strategic Planning

  • Business Case Development
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technology Work Plan

Utility Automation

  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
  • Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL)
  • Customer and Financial Information System (CIS & FIS)
  • Demand-side Management Impact
  • Demand Response
  • Distribution Automation
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Mobile Work Management (MWM)
  • Motor Controls and Automation
  • Outage Management System (OMS)
  • SCADA Checkup
  • Substation Automation

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