SmartSynch and Verizon Introduced Residential CDMA Smart Grid Solution
Like Sprint and GridNet, SmartSynch has teamed up with Verizon to create a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) Smart Grid solution for the US residential utility market. The Smart Grid solution will relieve utility companies of the pressure of network management. With more than 130 utility customers using SmartSynch’s Smart Grid solution and the country’s largest wireless 3G data supplier, utilities will be able to reach more residential customers.
SmartSynch has been offering cellular Smart Grid solution since 2000 when they launched their Smart Meter. Their products and services include SmartMeters and SmartBoxes that IP enable the Grid so that software solutions and network management services for providers and their customers. Other energy partners such as clean tech companies in need of remote communications and control functionality for products ranging from solar panels to plug-in hybrid vehicles can connect to the infrastructure.
SmartSynch believes IP-based cellular networks have matured to enable providers to strategically and rapidly deploy secure and scalable Smart Grid solutions. One advantage of an IP-based solution is that it allows for remote access, so providers can remotely access residential devices to carry out upgrades or routine checks.
“This partnership allows utilities across the country to build smart grids backed by the nation’s largest and most reliable network along with SmartSynch’s Smart Grid innovations and expertise, “said Mike Braner of Verizon Wireless.
“The communications network is the backbone of any smart metering or smart grid initiative, and until now, utilities preferring CDMA wireless communications have been largely on their own,” said Stephen Johnston, SmartSynch’s CEO.