AT&T has designed a a new suite of services for SmartSynch's SmartMetering technology. The services will enable utilities and customers to communicate directly with each other over AT&T's wireless network.
The prospect of a smart grid has been overwhelming for utilities because of the new infrastructure and technology that will have to be implemented, but using an already in place wireless network for communication will probably cut out a lot of headaches. Utilizing AT&T's national network instead of having to build new networks could ultimately mean a cheaper and faster set up for smart grid communications.
Obviously, much more will have to be done to get a smart grid up and running, but solving how the customers send information to their utility would mean clearing a major hurdle.
SmartSynch and AT&T have already worked together to link commerical and industrial customers with their utilities, but this partnership will expand their work into the residential market. AT&T has apparently realized that smart grids will be the new frontier for communications companies and are jumping in early to stake out their place in the market. If their technology can make a smart grid a reality sooner rather than later, I'm glad to see them involved.
written by Robb Henshaw, March 21, 2009
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