07 Sep '11, 4pm

Qualcomm Pushes for Cellular in Smart Grid: It’s not surprising that cellular giant Qualcomm is bullish about

Qualcomm Pushes for Cellular in Smart Grid: It’s not surprising that cellular giant Qualcomm is bullish about

It’s not surprising that cellular giant Qualcomm is bullish about the prospect of public carriers getting into smart grid. The difference between making the pitch now, as opposed to just a few years ago, is that today a lot more people -- and utilities -- are listening. In the U.S., radio mesh networks have been the most popular choice for smart grid communications, although many utilities are now taking a multi-pronged approach. In the past, cellular was simply too expensive , but the price has dropped dramatically and now telecoms are actively looking to get in on the action. Since the cost has come down, security and coverage are often the two other areas that critics say are a problem. In those two areas, Qualcomm also argues carriers also have a leg up. “Public cellular networks really set themselves apart in end-to-end security,” said Julian Durand, Staff Manager of ...

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