M2M Engineering; Alliant Energy

Wireless M2M tech firm Telit partnered with smart grid communication solutions provider M2M Engineering to provide utilities with an enhanced wireless communications techIn a combined statement, the US headquartered M2M Engineering said it will use Telit’s end-to-end solution comprising of IoT modules and communications platforms to come up with a cost-effective and secure wireless technology for the smart grid industry.

The smart grid communications firm believes the technology based on Telit’s deviceWISE application will allow it to integrate intelligence in smart meters to enhance the real time data communications in line with domestic and global requirements under its smart meters communication technology Genesis Advanced Metering Platform.

[quote] The use of the technology will also allow utilities to have a single multiple-use network to integrate and develop various IoT applications.

Commenting on the partnership, Charles Melvin, president of M2M Engineering said: “Use of Telit’s integrated IoT products and services of hardware modules, enables M2M Engineering to offer a truly groundbreaking end-to-end IoT solution for metering systems in terms of cost, functions and security.”

Smart grid data communications

In early May, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) partnered with data storage solutions provider Dispersive Technologies to ensure a secure automated data communications.

The US based solutions provider said it will integrate its platform Virtualized Networks to improve the performance and reliability of the smart grid data telemetry within the utility's network.

Commenting on the development, Steve Berberich, CEO of ISO said: "Electricity markets continue on a path toward regionalization, unlocking the potential for expanding resource flexibility, transmission capabilities, and clean energy. [Belgium consortium selects Telefonica for smart meter communications].

“To realize this potential, industry expansion must be both nimble and secure. Current methods of securing telemetry lack scalability and are relatively costly to implement or are incomplete. We are pleased to be implementing this new technology to better secure our networks and improve performance," added Berberich.