Communications company Sprint (NYSE:S) announced that it is strengthening it technology portfolio to support smart grid initiatives.
The company said it will provide utilities with advanced telecommunications products, data services, secure IT solutions and partnerships that are needed to support a wide range of utility automation initiatives that will make up the so-called smart grid.
These initiatives include applications such as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), SCADA, Demand-Response (DR) Distribution Management System (DMS) and M2M applications.
Sprint said it already supports utility automation, particularly in supplying embedded CDMA & iDEN based communication technologies for a variety of machine to machine (M2M) applications within the energy and water industries.
Sprint operates multiple digital networks delivering 2.5G, 3G, and 4G mobile broadband services. The companys said through its Converged Network Services group, it is able to design custom network solutions, extend coverage, and integrate complex network solutions to meet the demanding requirements of our customers for smart grid applications.
"As the wireless partner of choice for some of the largest utilities in the country, we continue to work with key industry partners to offer utilities innovative solutions to manage their critical communication infrastructure, deliver real-time data services and assist them in achieving optimal energy delivery and service quality," Paget Alves, President of Sprint’s Business Markets Group, said.