26 Sep '11, 4pm

Consumers Energy Picks SmartSynch for 1.8M Meter Deployment: There have been bold predictions about the role o...

Consumers Energy Picks SmartSynch for 1.8M Meter Deployment: There have been bold predictions about the role o...

There have been bold predictions about the role of cellular communications in smart grid. But there has yet to be a definitive example where public carriers were chosen as the communications network over radio mesh, point-to-point or PLC for large smart meter deployments in the U.S. Until now. SmartSynch , certainly the noisiest champion of cellular, is feeling vindicated in its claims with the announcement that it has been selected to provide the communications network for Consumers Energy's rollout of 1.8 million smart meters starting in August 2012. “At the end of the day, building a smart grid over a cellular-based platform was best for Consumers Energy,” said Stephen Johnston, CEO of SmartSynch. All of the major carriers bid on the project, said Johnston, although the announcement about the winner will not be made for a few weeks. The primary project is installing the...

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