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October 19, 2010

Sprint's Delivers Smart Grid Promise with Itron and Ambient Corp

By Carolyn J Dawson
TMCnet Contributor

In an effort to transform and upgrade nation’s electric utility infrastructure, Sprint is building a smart grid portfolio of solutions that optimizes grid performance by overlaying a communications system linking generators, distributors and consumers. To deliver on the smart grid promise, Sprint (News - Alert) has partnered with Itron and Ambient Corporation to leverage Itron’s advanced utility solutions such as OpenWay smart metering and data management solution along with Ambient's (News - Alert) flexible smart grid communication architecture.


Network reliability, optimized service delivery, renewable energy resources deployment, as well as efficient energy consumption are some of the services provided by Sprint partners such as SmartSynch, Grid Net and Landis+Gyr. Sprint, in collaboration with SmartSynch, will deploy an advanced, cost-effective and automated electronic residential utility meter that allows utilities to automate their electric grid empowered by Nationwide Sprint Network. The innovative Grid Net software platform enables seamless integration of substation automation, distribution automation, smart meters, demand response as well as load management with reduced capital and operating costs. Landis+Gyr compatible communication vehicle enables smooth interfacing with Gridstream energy management solution.

In a press release, Tim Donahue (News - Alert), vice president-Industry Solutions at Sprint, said, “Optimizing the grid is essential to our energy future. Sprint has a dedicated team to work with utilities to develop smart grid solutions. We have a long history serving the utility industry, beginning with Nextel Direct Connect, iDEN telemetry and supervisory control and data applications. We are working with our partners and customers to deliver the smart grid vision, energy management services and eco-friendly energy technologies.”

The proven and reliable Sprint 3G network with an extensive network of more than 277 million customers is the perfect match for utility industry needs. Additionally, Utility and application developers can also leverage Sprint’s Tier-1 Global IP network. At the recent CTIA (News - Alert) Enterprise and Applications 2010, Sprint inaugurated the opening of Machine-to-Machine Collaboration Center, a workshop where customer can work with an innovative team to develop commercially viable M2M solutions ranging from AMI to grid intelligence, building management and alternative green energy technologies.

As part of its dedication towards environmental sustainability, Sprint has been deploying hydrogen fuel cells thus providing clean back-up power to cell sites throughout the United States for which it also received $7.3 million grants for further expansion. For its leading sustainability efforts, programs, products and initiatives, Sprint has been receiving constant recognition through funds, awards and rankings.


Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard
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