On Thursday, Sprint announced agreements with four smart grid companies who will offer Sprint wireless network connectivity in support of their automated products and services. Sprint signed agreements with Itron, Inc, Lanner Electronics, Inc., Power Insight and Silver Spring Networks.
Itron (Liberty Lakes, Wash., USA), a provider of intelligent metering, data collection and utility software, has enabled their Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution for use on the Sprint Network. This solution allows water, gas and electric utilities to wirelessly collect metering data from Itron meters and other manufacturers' meters using modules over Sprint’s network.
Lanner Electronics (Taipei, Taiwan), a network application and embedded device manufacturer, is working with Sprint to certify its Substation Automation computing platform. The solution will give utilities the option of remotely managing substation assets without using private networks.
Power Insight provides residential and lite commercial building automation platforms that give utilities and business owners the option of using public cellular without having to rely on local broadband and contend with private network firewall configurations. This gateway allows the automation, scheduling and control of sensors, large energy loads, HVAC and lighting that can be easy installed and result in energy savings. The Power Insight software platform allows the end user to monitor and control their energy consumption.
Silver Spring Networks (Redwood City, Calif., USA), a provider of smart grid products, has its own Smart Energy Platform that combines networking, software and services to enable utilities to build the smart grid . The platform supports multiple smart  grid applications running over a unified network and leveraging common back-office software. Used by both small and large utilities the platform can lower total cost of ownership and utilities can instead foncuson advanced metering, distribution automation and demand-side management in any order and combination they need.