OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & TALLASSEE, Ala. (BUSINESS WIRE), September 26, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE: S) and Neptune Technology Group Inc. (“Neptune”) are working together to modernize the nation’s utility infrastructure. By combining the Sprint wireless network and machine-to-machine (M2M) expertise with Neptune’s automated metering solutions with one of the best life cycle values in the industry, these companies are helping utilities collect consumption and diagnostic data.
The companies today announced that Neptune’s ARB® FixedBase™ Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and ARB® FixedBase™ Automated Meter Reading (AMR) Systems are now available with Sprint 3G network communications backhaul.
“Utilities want to know that their AMI/AMR system will provide them with the best life cycle value in the industry,” said Kent Murray, vice president-marketing and engineering, Neptune. “We are excited to be adding the capabilities of Sprint’s network to our ARB FixedBase AMR and AMI Systems. Sprint’s network has withstood the test of time and their network investments have strongly positioned them to meet the data and security requirements that our customers require today and in the future.”
“As we continue to expand our ecosystem of utility partners, we’re pleased to collaborate with industry leaders like Neptune,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “Sprint has an open and collaborative culture, unique network assets and more than a dozen years of experience developing communications products in the M2M market. As a result, we offer effective and flexible wireless network solutions for utilities, municipalities and application developers.”
By leveraging the unique strengths of Neptune’s 115+ years of experience and Sprint’s reputation among enterprise customers for voice and data services, water utilities will now have access to one of the best AMR/AMI system solutions in the industry.