GE Uses WiMax as Part of Smart Grid Pilot
Michigan's Consumers Energy is teaming up with GE in hopes of proving a clearly defined reliable and integrated infrastructure to strengthen America's energy future and allow the promise of the smart grid to become reality.A pilot program employing WiMax 4G communications and GE smart meters has worked to allow Consumers Energy's Michigan customers to demonstrate how real-time, wireless communications between meters in the home and the utility's network management and control systems can improve efficiency and reliability. The Michigan pilot is the latest step in GE Energy's smart grid development program. GE has collaborated with a number of utilities around the world, including Consumers Energy and American Electric Power (AEP) in the United States, to fine-tune smart meter capabilities using this technology.
"This infrastructure solution could be significant in its ability to provide far more real-time information and updates to distributed intelligent metering devices over utility equipment lifespans," Wayne Longcore, director of Enterprise Architecture and Standards for Consumers Energy, said in a statement.