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Badger Meter, Inc. has joined the AT&T Smart City Alliance to provide cities with access to smart city water metering solutions.

The two are working together on how AT&T’s IoT network and Badger Meter’s cellular AMI solutions can be integrated to help water utilities optimise management of water resources and infrastructure using smart water metering.

Badger Meter claims its ORION Cellular endpoints provide increased deployment flexibility, because no infrastructure is needed. This results in substantially reduced operating costs.

Beyond the water utility itself, cellular solutions also create flexibility for a city. By implementing cellular networks, cities are not forced into a “one size fits all” solution.

Cellular networks allow easy and long-term interoperability between multiple solutions, such as energy efficient lighting, “smart” waste management and improved leak detection in water systems.

In January 2016, AT&T introduced its smart cities framework aimed at helping cities better meet the needs of their citizens using the Internet of Things (IoT). The framework is supported by an alliance of key technology leaders and industry organisations, together collaborating, developing, and ultimately deploying solutions that could help cities address critical issues like high energy costs, transportation, aging infrastructure and public safety.

“Joining the AT&T Smart City Alliance is key to Badger Meter’s plans to provide smart city water metering solutions for any utility – large or small,” says Kenneth Bockhorst, president of Badger Meter.

“Our smart water solutions are a revenue generator for municipalities, making them a strategic component of any smart city initiative. Our Alliance with AT&T shows that Badger Meter is ready to deliver on the promise of smart water.”

“Badger Meter is an exciting addition to our Smart Cities Alliance and will allow us to collaborate and trial Badger Meter’s solutions to ultimately provide to cities at scale,” said Michael Zeto, vice president of AT&T IoT, and general manager of Smart Cities.

“Smart water technology is a vital part of creating a comprehensive and truly end-to-end smart cities ecosystem that enables communities to be more efficient, sustainable and safer for the people that live there.”