SmartSynch Introduces 3G Platform for Smart Meters

  • Posted on: 16 February 2011
  • By: chw staff

SmartSynch has collaborated with Qualcomm to develop a new 3G communication platform for Smart Meters. The new SmartSynch and Qualcomm platform is the world’s first integrated over-the-air application portfolio for the smar grid.  Adapted for its IP-based framework the Qualcomm’s Brew MP platform will help SmartSynch to provide a more flexible and robust wireless infrastructure for Utilities and their customers.

With this partnership SmartSynch have finally put a complete smart grid offering together, they already have an agreement with Verizon one of America leading wireless network suppliers. According to SmartSynch the new platform is designed to save utility providers time and money, and give them more control and flexibility in how they deploy applications to customers.  Within the solution is the ability for the software to download software updates from the supplier whenever they become available.

According to both companies this is the first time that Qualcomm’s Brew MP, an open smart grid development platform is being used for a wide-scale, full system smart grid roll out.  The Brew MP software was optimised for the smart grid and is being used by SmartSynch to standardise its SmartMeter platform and M2M communication.

"This solution will allow utilities to create the smart grid we have all been envisioning and make it so much faster and easier. Utilities will now be able to offer an ever-expanding portfolio of new applications to their customers with a touch of a button," said Stephen Johnston, chief executive officer of SmartSynch.

These applications will allow the fulfillment of smart grid objectives, including pre-paid metering, advanced demand response, home energy management, lighting control, voltage conservation, premise load management, virtual peak power plant, electric vehicle charging, renewables monitoring, distributed generation control and consumer-focused smart grid applications.

"It will fast-forward smart grid deployments by utilities because they will be able to easily custom-tailor smart grid applications on a per customer basis. This also demonstrates the value for utilities to adopt high-speed, cellular-based solutions for smart grid deployments, as there is no other economically feasible way to strategically deploy applications remotely on this scale," added Johnston.