- A Week in Smart Metering discusses the growing interconnection between energy suppliers and telco's.
Published: Thu 12 Feb 2015

This week we appreciate the deepening interconnection between energy suppliers and telecommunication companies or to put it another way, the ‘to‘ in machine to machine communication, writes Rose Bundock, content editor of, the sister portal to

In Germany, Telefónica is launching a new machine to machine solution for electricity and gas providers, which will see SIM cards being inserted into smart meters. Interesting.

The application of radio technology RF mesh is reaching into remote spots for mobile connection such as basements, where most of Germany's electricity and gas meters tend to be housed.

Even more interesting for utilities that have a similar service area profile.

Another example of how equipment manufacturers are partnering with a M2M provider is the news this week that wireless telecommunications company AT&T is teaming with GE to develop smart metering and smart grid applications for the industrial Internet of Things.

At AT&T's coding hot house - the Foundry - in Texas, the pair are working up solutions using cellular technology. Look out for the results hitting the market in 2015.

Have you got your M2M ducks in a row?


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