Sunday, June 27, 2010

AT&T Teams with CURRENT Group to offer Smart Grid to North American Utilities

AT&T signed a new agreement with CURRENT Group, a leading provider of distribution Smart Grid solutions, to deliver grid optimization solutions to North American utilities.

CURRENT's solutions includes intelligent sensors and analytical software that monitor distribution grid performance; its OpenGrid utility element management system; and its System Optimization and Reliability analytical software solutions.

AT&T offers a suite of M2M pricing plans designed specifically for the smart grid market.

"Our new relationship with CURRENT will help utilities move from their traditional distribution infrastructure into a truly smart grid model that provides centralized real-time data collection and analysis - without touching the end customer and without relying on meters," said Michael Antieri, President, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions.

  • In February 2010, the CURRENT Group announced a partnership with Verizon to provide a real-time, IP-based solution for analysis communications between electric companies and sensors deployed on their networks. The two companies will leverage their core capabilities to deliver a joint smart grid solution. Verizon will provide the underlying wireless and IP network services, managed network and security services, and advanced IT security consulting services to help electric companies identify and mitigate risks to critical cyber assets, including data, applications, IT systems and networks.