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Smart Meters Use Motorola WiMAX Network

WAP_650_MD MotorolaThere’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.”

GigaOM covered the news yesterday with good context on the smart grid industry as a whole. Check it out along with other Green Tech news covered regularly on the GigaOM Earth2Tech site.

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  1. [...] in the near future, including new deployments in emerging markets and targeted solutions like the WiMAX smart meter project announced by SP Ausnet late last year. However, there is always the challenge of making network infrastructure investments [...]

  2. [...] consumers better monitor and control their home energy usage. It’s something we’ve seen WiMAX used for as [...]

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