Jackson, MI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 8, 2012 - The team that will help provide the advanced metering system that will form the foundation of a grid and meter modernization program for Consumers Energy’s 1.8 million electric customers in Michigan has been named.

SmartSynch was selected in September 2011 to provide the SmartMeters™ advanced metering system. Other members of the team include GE Energy, which will provide the meter hardware, and Grid Net, which will provide the networking and metering software used by the utility. Qualcomm will provide the mobile broadband chipsets that enable cellular connectivity in the smart meters, and Verizon Wireless will provide the communications network, which Consumers will utilize to remotely retrieve the energy usage data collected by the meters.

Consumers Energy’s selection of a cellular-based solution concluded a comprehensive process by the utility to find the best advanced metering solution for its customers. It makes Consumers Energy, which serves more than two-thirds of Michigan across a 32,000-square-mile service territory, the largest U.S. utility to choose a cellular-based communication system for the smart meter deployment phase of its grid modernization program.

Meter installation is scheduled to begin in Muskegon County in August 2012 with installation phases continuing through 2019 across the utility’s service territory.