Driven in part by the Obama Administration’s focus on energy independence and smart-grid initiatives, Sprint is now strengthening its portfolio to supply electric utilities with advanced telecommunications products, data services, secure IT solutions and partnerships that are needed to support a wide range of utility automation initiatives and the electric smart grid.
Sprint says it has been supporting utility automation for years, and is now focused on supporting its electric utility customers with their smart grid initiatives, including applications such as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), SCADA, Demand-Response (DR) Distribution Management System (DMS) and M2M applications.
As a commercial carrier operating multiple digital networks and delivering 2.5G, 3G, and now 4G mobile broadband services, Sprint is working on utility initiatives that include advanced communications, information technology, distributed sensing and comprehensive data management. Through its Converged Network Services and Business Markets Group, Sprint says that it is able to design custom network solutions, extend coverage and integrate complex network solutions for both public and private utilities.
Sprint is also involved in several other eco-friendly initiatives. The communications provider was recently awarded a $7.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to expand its use of hydrogen fuel cells as back-up power to cell sites on its network.
In addition, Sprint’s wireless recycling program has collected more than 17 million phones since 2001. The communications company also recently announced the availability of the Samsung Reclaim, the first phone in the U.S. constructed from eco-friendly bio-plastic materials, a solar-powered cell phone charger and cell phone carrying cases made from 100 percent recycled plastic water bottles.
Sprint also offers other enterprise location-based applications that can help businesses reduce their impact on climate change through management of fleets, cargo and assets.