Announced at the start of CTIA Super Mobility 2016, key solutions that Verizon is bringing to bear for the utilities industry include:
- A Category 1 IoT solution on 4G LTE ideal for the connectivity requirements of rural cooperative and municipal electric utilities. The solution utilizes Qualcomm Technologies' MDM9207-1 LTE modem engineered for IoT, providing built-in security and features including edge processing and reliable connectivity up to 10 Mbps speed with power and throughput optimization. To meet the requirements of utility customers, the chipset also supports up to 10 years of battery life at a cost-effective price point.
- A Category M1 solution for water and gas companies. Qualcomm Technologies' MDM9206 LTE modem is a key component and features a purpose-built IoT design suitable for applications such as battery powered water and gas smart metering applications that demand even lower power consumption and longer range, reliable connectivity with up to 1 Mbps speed, and all at a cost-efficient price point. Solutions based on MDM9206 are expected to be commercially available in early 2017.
For its part, Verizon will leverage its Grid Wide Utility (as-a-service) solution, which includes integrating smart meters with Verizon 4G LTE Category 1 and M1 Smart Meter Communications Device, Verizon's 4G LTE network, security and a range of cloud-based applications to support smart metering, demand response, meter data management, and distribution monitoring and control. Customers will also have access to flexible deployment options combined with other RF communication technology offered in a highly-integrated package that reduces costs, design complexity and integration time. Verizon currently supports more than 3 million utility meters on its network nationwide.
"We are pleased to collaborate with Neptune to invest in R&D that helps to reduce barriers commonly associated with IoT such as fragmented ecosystems and a lack of standards," said Mark Bartolomeo, vice president IoT Connected Solutions at Verizon. "Driving innovation on 4G LTE to deliver a unified, reliable, scalable and secure platform optimized for IoT deployments is core to our strategy."
"Utilities drive some of the most demanding connectivity requirements within the Internet of Things," said Raj Talluri, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "4G LTE networks such as Verizon's, together with our LTE modem solutions, have evolved to meet or exceed those demands, and these products deliver the ubiquitous coverage, scalability, quality of service, reliability, long battery life, and security required to support utility operations."
About Neptune Technology Group
Neptune Technology Group Inc. is a pioneer in the development of automatic meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technologies for more than 50 years. Since 1892 Neptune has continually focused on the evolving needs of utilities – revenue optimization, operational efficiencies, and improved customer service. The company offers a fully integrated migration path for its utility customers to meet their needs now and in the future. For additional information, please visit the company website at www.neptunetg.com.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of nearly 162,700 and generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, with 113.2 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation's premiere all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.
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