Grid Net says its software platforms are designed to “integrate substation automation, distribution automation, smart meters, demand response, and load management with electric vehicles, buildings, and homes to increase grid reliability, energy efficiency, renewable energy use, and customer satisfaction while reducing capital and operating costs.”
Sprint, the national wireless carrier to launch and market a 4G network in the United States will explore embedded WiMAX connectivity into Smart Meters and Smart Grid Routers with Grid Net. WiMAX is an open IEEE standard that provides a low-cost solution to wirelessly connect smart meters to the Smart Grid. In addition, Grid Net says WiMAX standards allow utilities to “assign different class of services and set priorities in critical infrastructure applications assuring the quality of service for critical infrastructure.”
Wayne Ward, vice president of Sprint’s Emerging Solutions Group, says the collaboration with Grid Net “underscores our commitment to developing the smart grid. Sprint offers cost effective and flexible IP network solutions for utilities and application developers in support of advanced meter reading, as well as the scalability of 4G network bandwidth and QoS capabilities, to meet today’s utilities needs and tomorrow’s demands. Sprint invests in technologies and processes that enable developers like Grid Net to have access to important capabilities unique to our network, such as location and presence, to enrich their applications.”
The cornerstone of Grid Net’s policy-based software products is the PolicyNet SmartGrid Network Management System (NMS) that provides an intelligent, all-IP, policy based network management system software platform, operated within the utility’s network operations center.
Smart Grid Founder and CEO Ray Bell says the collaboration with Sprint “will accelerate the availability of truly secure, scalable, reliable, standards-based Smart Grid and Smart Home solutions for utilities and end-customers. Sprint is a key partner in our ecosystem of partners who are committed to delivering best-in-class Smart Grid and Smart Home technologies built using open standards to utilities and their customers across the US and the rest of the world.”
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, with offices in Sydney, Australia, Grid Net provides platforms that are designed to integrate substation automation, distribution automation, smart meters, demand response, and load management with electric vehicles, buildings and homes.