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AT&T Announces Smart Grid Agreement with CURRENT Group to Deliver Grid Optimization Solutions to North American Utilities

Mon, 06/28/2010 - 8:44am
DALLAS, /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T* announced it is extending its reach with smart grid solutions for utilities throughout the United States with a new agreement with CURRENT Group, a leading provider of distribution Smart Grid solutions.

AT&T will offer CURRENT Smart Grid® Distribution Solutions, which help utilities increase grid efficiency and system capacity by managing demand dynamically and reducing power delivery losses. CURRENT's solutions include intelligent sensors and analytical software that monitor distribution grid performance; its OpenGrid™ utility element management system; and its System Optimization and Reliability analytical software solutions. AT&T's suite of M2M pricing plans designed specifically for the smart grid market makes this solution an economical choice for utilities.

The agreement between AT&T and CURRENT provides utilities with an integrated solution that includes the breadth of AT&T's managed and network services, combined with AT&T's mobile broadband network. Having an integrated solution helps utilities to streamline deployment and reduces equipment and maintenance costs.

"Our new relationship with CURRENT will help utilities move from their traditional distribution infrastructure into a truly smart grid model that provides centralized real-time data collection and analysis - without touching the end customer and without relying on meters," said Michael Antieri, President, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "We continue to focus on broadening our capabilities with smart grid technology, helping businesses and organizations to use wireless technology to streamline their processes and provide real-time monitoring of energy assets."

"CURRENT offers its utility customers a broad range of communications technologies with the world's most trusted providers. This allows utilities to implement their Smart Grid programs quickly, affordably and reliably. Our alliance with AT&T provides utilities with the advanced and secure infrastructure to enable real-time data, which allows CURRENT to offer utilities the advanced sensing and control needed to reduce power consumption, increase reliability and improve distribution grid operations," said CURRENT CEO Tom Casey.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

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