As discussed in the past, the Plain Old Telephone System (POTS), or as some people call it, the Copper Phone Network is going away. With it will be all of the legacy communications methods the carriers use that are not Ethernet based. This is due to the proliferation of cellular phones and mobility eliminating the need for a tethered connection. However, many pieces of critical infrastructure utilize these “Land Lines” to communicate Machine to Machine (MTM) to do things like sound fire alarms in the firehouse, alert security companies of a break in, let a water company know how much water is in their reservoir and allow electric companies to monitor and operate the electric grid remotely.
West Monroe’s Energy and Utilities team has helped the Utilities Telecom Council’s (UTC) Smart Networks Council develop a white paper that explains the impact to electric grid reliability, defines the urgency, and sets up the cost impact. Further in the paper is the inclusion of the affected applications and potential new technology and carrier solutions that utilities can move to in elimination of these outdated and end of life carrier circuits. This white paper is available at no charge to all UTC Core Members and SNC Associate Members. Others interested in obtaining a copy of this white paper may do so for a nominal fee. You can download the paper here.
If you would like specific help with this issue, or an explanation of how this transition impacts you, please contact Dan Belmont – Director, Utility Telecommunications at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.980.9385.