AT&T is providing utilities SmartSynch’s suite of smart grid products along with AT&T wireless data services on a single, affordable bill and utility companies that purchase their smart meters directly from AT&T can pre-pay up to ten years of machine-to-machine (M2M) data usage.
Chris Hill, Vice President, Advanced Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions, says, “Prepayment of 10 years of data usage gives electricity providers assurance around their data costs. We’re responding to the evolving needs of the utility industry by delivering a complete, affordable package of smart meters, software and cellular connectivity.”
AT&T’s latest smart grid offer includes wireless connectivity; SmartSynch SmartMeters; SmartSynch GridRouter, which acts as a hub for smart grid data, enabling utilities to connect with any device over any network; and software that provides automatic monitoring on millions of electric meters. By using smart meters, wireless technology, sensors, and software, utilities can more efficiently track power grids and reduce energy use.
AT&T and SmartSynch began their smart grid collaboration in March 2009. Since then, the partnership has successfully updated metering systems for several utility customers. Expanding on that business relationship, SmartSynch has licensed AT&T to sell its metering hardware and software directly to energy providers.
Texas-New Mexico Power, for example, has deployed 240,000 SmartSynch SmartMeters connected over AT&T’s wireless network.
Neal Walker, President of Texas-New Mexico Power, explains, “Outdated power systems can slow down both utilities and their customers. We chose to work with AT&T and SmartSynch so that we could launch a smart grid strategy quickly and cost-effectively. Instead of laying out a significant investment to build our own communication network, we’ve connected our smart meters to AT&T’s highly secure and reliable wireless network.”