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SmartSynch and Verizon Introduce CDMA Smart Grid Solution to Utility Market

SmartSynch, Inc. and Verizon has introduced a code division multiple access (CDMA) smart grid solution to the residential utility market. By combining a larges wireless 3G data network with SmartSynch’s smart grid solutions already deployed by more than 130 utility customers, Verizon and SmartSynch can help utilities with network management.

SmartSynch has been a provider of smart grid solutions using cellular networks since the introduction of its first SmartMeter in 2000. SmartSynch’s smart grid solutions are certified to securely deliver smart grid data on Verizon’s wireless network, enabling quicker, easier, more scalable and strategic smart meter deployments for utilities.

“The communications network is the backbone of any smart metering or smart grid initiative, and until now, utilities preferring CDMA wireless communications have been largely on their own,” said Stephen Johnston, SmartSynch’s chief executive officer. “Now that cellular network technology has become cost-competitive, it’s hard to envision a utility choosing a more complex, costly and slower proprietary alternative. Only cellular networks offer the bandwidth needed to support today’s smart grid functionality and future applications that will inevitably surface as smart grid technology rapidly evolves.”

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