On Monday, Sprint announced M2M agreements with Metrum Technologies, LLC, a developer of cellular-based communication for AMI and smart grid applications, and Tollgrade Communications Inc., a provider of network assurance services for the utility and telecom industries.
Through these agreements, Metrum ’s (Waco, Texas, USA) entire line of smart meters is now available with Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., USA) wireless connectivity. Also, Tollgrade (Cranberry Township, Penn., USA) will offer Medium Voltage (MV) sensors with Sprint wireless connectivity by June 2012. The sensors provide fault detection and location, asset management, load monitoring and power quality information for utilities in urban and rural locations.
Both companies will utilize the Sprint M2M Command Center, a Web-based portal that will give Metrum and Tollgrade the ability to manage, activate and de-activate each smart grid device. In addition, they can suspend service, run usage reports and set alerts on how much data each module is operating, without ever having to call Sprint directly.
Additionally, both Metrum and Tollgrade have completed Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Device Management (DM) certification, allowing utilities to manage assets and infrastructure, which is suited for large-scale deployments. This method of “over the air” management and activation enables a rapid configuration processes and efficient use of the wireless network, says Sprint.
“With the rising demand for energy and natural resources, machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions give utilities and their customers a powerful emerging tool for automating services, managing demand and promoting sustainability,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint.