Optimal DAU Placement for Smart Distribution Grid Communication Network

  • S. Premkumar
  • M. Susithra
  • V. Saminadan
Conference paper


The reliability and stability of communication systems are crucial for utility centres to deliver power to the consumers in an efficient manner. This chapter investigates optimal placement of Data Aggregation Units (DAUs) in smart distribution grids equipped with smart metres and smart automation devices (SADs). The DAUs are used as relay points to transmit the data from smart metres and SADs to the control centre in a cost-efficient manner. The optimization of DAU placement is done based on the iterative K-means clustering method. This work presents an optimal placement of DAUs in a wireless network, which includes smart metres and SADs that help the utilities communicate within themselves with less delay.


Data aggregation unit (DAU) Smart automation device (SAD) Smart grid device (SGD) Worldwide interoperability for microwave access (WiMAX) 



Constant bit rate


Control centre


Data aggregation unit


Extended real-time polling service


End to end


Home area network


Neighbourhood area network


Non-real-time polling service


Real-time polling service


Smart automation device


Smart grid device


Unsolicited grant service


Wide area network


Worldwide interoperability for microwave access


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pondicherry Engineering CollegePondicherryIndia

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