BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless and Metrum Technologies today announced that Metrum’s Utiliwise® Endpoint Communications Module (ECM) is now Verizon Wireless Network Certified.
Metrum’s Utiliwise® is a powerful, highly flexible, true IP-to-the-endpoint technology that leverages existing, well maintained public wireless network infrastructure to facilitate high-bandwidth connectivity for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and Smart Grid applications. Users can easily deploy Utiliwise® without concerns over private network build out, maintenance, or endpoint saturation requirements.
“There are many locations in the United States where investments in expensive network infrastructure for utility applications are not a practical or cost-effective option,” said Michael Brander, vice president, utility and industrial vertical markets, Verizon Wireless. “Smart energy solutions are invaluable in today’s environment and anything that can be done to effectively monitor and communicate data and energy information is beneficial to the market. Verizon Wireless and Metrum can now offer utilities serving these locations all the advantages of high-bandwidth, two-way data communications using any Utiliwise-equipped meter or endpoint.”
“Reliable, robust communications and flexibility are requirements for maximizing the benefits and value of AMI/Smart Grid investments,” said Steve Swenke, president and CEO of Metrum Technologies. “By combining Metrum’s proven Utiliwise technology and Verizon Wireless reliable network, utilities will have the ability to support even the most challenging and data intensive AMI/Smart Grid Initiatives.”
About Metrum Technologies, LLCFounded in 2002, Metrum Technologies is a leading provider of integrated wireless M2M solutions for a wide variety of remote connectivity, data acquisition and endpoint automation applications including: Utility AMI, Smart Grid, Distribution Automation, Equipment Monitoring and Control, Public Safety, Military, and Custom Wireless Solutions. The proven Utiliwise system is available as an integrated endpoint communication module or as an external OEM platform and features protocol agnostic, pass-through, IP communications over the public high speed data networks supported by the major wireless carriers. Completely scalable solutions, the ability to fully utilize endpoint functionality, and compatibility with “best-in-class” platforms produce highly-flexible, dependable wireless solutions for almost any AMI/Smart Grid application. Visit www.metrum.us.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.