Sprint and GridNet: US Smart Grid

Sprint and GridNet have teamed up to provide nationwide wireless connectivity for smart meters and routers on Sprint’s 4G network.

GridNet describes its unique market positions as follows:

  • Universal Management — first Utility NOC Network Management System to manage all electric devices (supports Ethernet, Fibre, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and HomePlug)
  • Massive Scalability — able to manage 10s of millions of devices from a single deployment of the PolicyNet SmartGrid NMS platform
  • Complete Security — end-to-end security (from Utility NOC to Smart Devices) that is based on and is compliant with the US NIST, NERC CIP, and FIPS requirements and standards
  • Instant Communication — real-time speeds (<100 milliseconds), or any interval, and 100% Internet Protocol support
  • Open Standards-based Interoperability — support for multiple, heterogeneous devices (e.g. transformers, fault monitors, switches, volt/VAR controllers, meters, inverters, etc.) from multiple vendors
  • Lowest Total Cost of Ownership — ten year TCO of a full smart grid powered by Grid Net software and smart device technology is cheaper than a dedicated multi-network implementation

No mention of DASH7.

From the press release:

“We are delighted to collaborate with Sprint, as it will accelerate the availability of truly secure, scalable, reliable, standards-based Smart Grid and Smart Home solutions for utilities and end-customers,” said Ray Bell, Founder and CEO at Grid Net. “Sprint is a key partner in our ecosystem of partners who are committed to delivering best-in-class Smart Grid and Smart Home technologies built using open standards to utilities and their customers across the US and the rest of the world.”

“This collaboration with Grid Net underscores our commitment to developing the smart grid,” said Wayne Ward, vice president of the Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “Sprint offers cost effective and flexible IP network solutions for utilities and application developers in support of advanced meter reading, as well as the scalability of 4G network bandwidth and QoS capabilities, to meet today’s utilities needs and tomorrow’s demands. Sprint invests in technologies and processes that enable developers like Grid Net to have access to important capabilities unique to our network, such as location and presence, to enrich their applications.”

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