22 Feb '12, 1pm

The Return of the Cellular Smart Grid

The Return of the Cellular Smart Grid

From all the talk about cellular smart meters we’ve seen lately, you’d think that sticking a cell phone in an electric meter was a new idea. But back in the day -- say, the mid-'90s -- it was all the rage. That’s the year that Trilliant, the Redwood City, Calif.-based smart grid networking company, first installed cellular radios “behind the glass” of commercial and industrial (C&I) electric meters, said Rob Conant, Trilliant’s chief marketing officer. Compared to the POTS, or “Plain Old Telephone System ,” previously used to connect big customers to utilities, the technology from Nertec -- the company from which Trilliant emerged in 2005 -- was revolutionary. Trilliant was joined by a host of companies that are now part of the world’s biggest smart meter conglomerates, including Cellnet+Hunt (now part of Toshiba’s Landis+Gyr ), and SmartSynch, the cellular smart meter com...

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