The connected grid

Build a more reliable and connected grid

Creating a more connected grid

As the fundamental structure of the power grid evolves from unidirectional, centralized distribution to a hybrid of multidirectional and varied sources, the ability to monitor and predict all parts of its behavior is a prerequisite. Employing the right connectivity technologies allows systems to generate insights and handle the amount of data coming from additional grid ecosystems such as electric vehicle charging and energy storage. These insights help make the grid more efficient, sustainable and reliable, so you can focus on improving infrastructure stability and scalability.

Modernizing the grid to make it more resilient and reliable through technology

Communities and their electric grid systems have increased demand for real-time communication, sustainability measures and decentralization efforts to meet a variety of energy needs, while engineers and designers define connectivity standards and approaches.

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Connectivity benefits for the grid


Scalable communication

Enable real-time data transfer to the connected grid with a wide-variety of industry protocols including RS-485, Controller Area Network, Ethernet, Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi®.


Comprehensive features

Choose the right features for your application, whether you're deciding between wired or wireless, high bandwidth or signaling, short or long range, or any other options for your design.


Secure and reliable

Integrate connectivity to help improve infrastructure stability and scalability. Process data with our reliable, affordable portfolio, with secure updates and communication.



Simplify your design with devices tested to meet a wide variety of protocols that are also certified by standards bodies. Our portfolios feature readily available software and hardware.

What’s new in connected grid infrastructures

The connected grid is seeing new trends emerge across many areas – particularly additional integration. For example, the integration of more e-meter data into the grid requires more connectivity. Our experts discuss these trends.

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Wired products

Wired technologies enable higher-speed networks and supply real-time data to connected grids, with low and deterministic latency and accurate synchronization.

Wireless products

Wireless connectivity features a scalable and feature-rich portfolio for electric vehicle charging infrastructures and more.


Embedded processing products are designed for edge computing, with real-time capabilities and low-power operation.

Technical resources

Application note
Application note
Optimizing Design of Electronic Meters with Logic and Translation Use Cases
Smart meters integrate common subsystems, whether measuring electricity, heat, gas or water. Although meters differ in what they measure, they do share challenges, such as communicating with wired and wireless interfaces.
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How Wi-SUN®︎ FAN improves connected infrastructures
Smart cities have the potential to better people’s lives by bridging the gap between the connected consumer and a connected infrastructure. Connectivity is a key part of making this a reality.
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Technical article
Top 3 design considerations for EV charging
The electric vehicle charging industry is evolving, becoming more standardized, intelligent and efficient. Designers must include flexible connectivity and security to enable long-term integration with the grid.