There’s been a lot of talk about machine-to-machine communications recently, but there are still few large, real-world examples to point to. SP AusNet, one of the largest energy utilities in Australia is trying to change that. Yesterday SP AusNet announced its partners for the rollout of more than 680,000 smart meters connected by WiMAX. Motorola is one of those partners.
The new SP AusNet smart meters will have embedded WiMAX chips for transmitting energy measurements and receiving real-time instructions. Motorola meanwhile will provide the WiMAX infrastructure for the rollout – the world’s first WiMAX-based smart metering application. Infrastructure equipment includes “WiMAX WAP 650 base stations operating at 2.3GHz, Access Service Network (ASN) Gateway and new microwave systems to extend the wide area network (WAN) to new coverage areas.”