AT&T offers smart meters on prepaid basis to utilities


Chris Hill, VP,
Advanced Mobility
Solutions, AT&T
Business Solutions
Dallas, TX, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 26, 2011 – AT&T is offering utilities a suite of products including SmartSynch’s smart grid products along with AT&T wireless data services on a single bill – and further smart meters can be bought with prepay of up to ten years of data usage on those meters.

The package includes:

  • Wireless connectivity for two-way smart grid data communication between electric meters or routers and a utility’s office
  • SmartSynch SmartMeter™, which monitors power usage and wirelessly communicates day-to-day energy data as well as outage information back to the utility company
  • SmartSynch GridRouter™, which acts as a hub for smart grid data, allowing utilities to connect with any device over any network
  • Software that gives utilities the ability to automatically monitor millions of electric meters on a single, easy-to-use tool.

“Prepayment of 10 years of data usage gives electricity providers assurance around their data costs,” said Chris Hill, Vice President, Advanced Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. “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 and SmartSynch first announced their collaborative efforts on smart grid technology in March 2009. Building upon this relationship, SmartSynch has now licensed AT&T to sell its metering hardware and software directly to energy providers.