Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Harnessing the power of wireless technology for AMI transport

AT&T Inc. and Itron have come up with a solution that will enable utilities to use proven standards-based cellular technology for their Smart Grid AMI initiatives to transport device data and control messaging more efficiently.

Itron’s advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) solution will be delivered over a cellular network. The communications holding company’s cellular data network will be integrated with Itron’s OpenWay local-area networking to give utilities two-way communications for access to data from meters throughout their systems.

According to the companies, this combination allows utilities to quickly collect, measure and manage energy usage and provide a more reliable and affordable supply of power without having to build and operate costly, proprietary communications networks.

The solution will help utility companies to streamline operations while gathering the critical information required to serve their customers, said Regina Egea, senior vice president, Business Marketing, AT&T Global Business Services.

The two companies will jointly market Itron’s OpenWay AMI solution to utility companies in the US.

The benefits for utility companies would include ubiquitous coverage required for AMI data transmission; timely data needed to promote energy management, demand response, detect outages and deliver more accurate billings statements to customers; time-based pricing, prepaid power options and the ability to remotely switch service on or off; allowing utilities to self-manage the deployment of AMI and Smart Grid devices through AT&T’s ordering, activation and management systems for high-volume customers.

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