Cellular for Smart Grid Gains Momentum as Itron buys SmartMeter Maker SmartSynch

The communication layer of the smart grid has been a puzzle for years. Most utilities developing smart grid capabilities have looked to private radio-frequency (RF) networks as the best way to send and receive data with intelligent metering systems for reasons of cost and control. When a few high-profile smart grid roll-outs opted last year to use existing cellular infrastructure for their communications layers, the impact was heard in smart grid circles.

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