Communications for the Smart Grid

Date: 13 – 17 May
Presenters: Prof. Jaco Versfeld
Estimated cost: R10 500
Field Of Study: Communications technology
Department Name: Electrical and Electronic Engineering


The objective of this course is to introduce different communications technologies, both wireless and cable based, with their application areas and to highlight specific application and requirements for Smart Grid Technology (SGT). Fundamentals of communications and concepts such as bandwidth, network capacity, performance metrics, data integrity, and communications media, will be covered. The different communications technologies, both wireless and cable based, will be introduced, followed by their characteristics and application areas. Smart Grid networks and their specific requirements, will be a focus area. The course will cover:

  • Overview of course
  • What is information
  • Data transmission media intro, ie. Cu cable, radio, optical
  • Waves, Spectrum and Units
  • Information Transfer
  • Modulation and demodulation fundamentals
  • Noise and SNR
  • Antennas, quick and simple
  • Digital Transmission, ie ASK, FSK, PSK, Spread Spectrum
  • Data Transfer – Technology overview: VHF, UHF, Microwave, Microwave links, GSM / GPRS, 3G / LTE, WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Data Networking Basics, Switches & Routers, Network topologies, Protocols overview
  • Smart Grid Specific Technology

Examples and tutorial will also be presented.

Suitable Background: Professional 4-year Bachelor’s degree /Bachelor Honours degree or Equivalent Qualification/Experience
Certificate Type: Attendance
Duration: 1 week
Presentation Language: English
Contact Person Name: Diana Kruger
Contact Person Email:
Contact Person Phone: (021) 808 4936
Latest Year Offered: 2018

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