Qualcomm showcasing smart grid innovations

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Qualcomm Inc. will be showcasing innovations in cellular communications for Smart Grid deployments at GridWeek 2011 through Sept. 15 in Washington D.C. The exhibit will feature multiple vendor solutions with embedded Qualcomm cellular chipsets, covering a wide variety of smart energy devices including distribution automation gateways, cellular-enabled smart meters, home energy management systems and smart electric vehicle chargers. Technology on display at the Qualcomm booth during GridWeek will include solutions from Ambient Corporation, Consert Inc., SmartSync and Digi International.

A key innovation showcased by Qualcomm at GridWeek is the use of multimode technology for smart grid communications, which enables grid devices to connect with many commercial wireless networks regardless of the underlying cellular technology. Access to multiple carrier networks helps electric utilities effectively increase the coverage, reliability and lifetime of the smart grid communications system. Furthermore, the freedom to work with multiple network operators without changing equipment or requiring truck rolls allows utilities flexibility in terms of cellular data plans and services. Today, utilities and their equipment suppliers can get access to the benefits of multimode using products and cellular modules enabled by Qualcomm’s Gobi technology.

“Qualcomm will continue to support the smart energy ecosystem by providing advanced chipset solutions that utilize the scale, innovation and cost-effectiveness of network connectivity provided by existing commercial cellular networks,” says Andy Wood, director of business development at Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “Our chipsets will enable a new generation of smart energy devices, ranging from substation routers to communication nodes, smart meters and electric vehicle charging stations, to securely and reliably connect with utility systems in near-real time.”