Wichita Collegiate School
Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) initiatives are a popular tool to incorporate changes for modernizing the electricity grid, reduce peak loads, and meet energy-efficiency targets. There is the looming issue of how to communicate and handle consumer data collected by electric utilities and manage limited communication network resources. Several data relay points are required to collect data distributed and send them through a communication backhaul. This paper studies the Smart Meter Message Concatenation (SMMC) problem of how to concatenate multiple small smart metering messages arriving at Data Concentrator Units (DCUs) in order to reduce protocol overhead and thus network utilization.