Sprint on Thursday said it's working with several companies to help make electric and water utilities more intelligent.
The communications provider announced agreements with Itron Inc., Lanner Electronics Inc., Power Insight and Silver Spring Networks.
Sprint revealed the companies will rely on its wireless network connectivity to support their automated products and services.
For example, Sprint said it's supporting Itron's Advanced Metering Infrastructure solution, which lets utilities wirelessly collect metering data from Itron meters and other manufacturers' meters. Sprint is working with Lanner Electronics to certify its Substation Automation computing platform under an agreement that will give utilities the option of remotely managing substation assets.
“With the rising demand for energy and natural resources, machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions give utilities and their customers a powerful emerging tool for managing demand and promoting sustainability," said Wayne Ward, Sprint's vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, in a statement. “These new agreements underscore our continued commitment to the utility industry. Sprint has a dedicated team to fast track bringing M2M solutions to market. To date, Sprint has certified hundreds of M2M solutions and has millions of devices running on its network today."
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