While General Electric has been a part of the smart meter business for a long time now, most of the communications in the devices have used networks built by others. GE has recently launched its own advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications network, using San Diego startup On-Ramp Wireless as the networker. On-Ramp Wireless will provide the wireless technology for GE’s new Grid IQ AMI Point-to-Multipoint (P2MP) solution. Greentech Media predicts that the Grid IQ solution will handle smart meter communications faster and cheaper than current competitors as well, considering that GE’s new technology is able to cover 4,800 square miles with 34 access points, compared to the few thousand needed by current tech.
Read the full article here: GE Dives into AMI Fray with On-Ramp Wireless