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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ambient Corporation Enhances Smart Grid Communications Node to Provide Greater Cellular Network Choices for Utilities

Ambient Corporation Enhances Smart Grid Communications Node to Provide Greater Cellular Network Choices for Utilities
The addition of Qualcomm MDM6600 chipset provides utilities with faster connectivity and unprecedented flexibility; product receives Verizon Wireless certification
Jan 25, 2012

NEWTON, Mass. and SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambient Corporation (Nasdaq: AMBT), a leading provider of flexible and scalable smart grid communications platforms and technologies, announced today that its Ambient Smart Grid® communications nodes now include Qualcomm's mobile broadband solution, the MDM6600 chipset.  This chipset adds a new level of communications flexibility to the award winning Ambient Smart Grid® communications platform, and is certified by Verizon Wireless for use in its wireless network.  

"As the smart grid industry grows beyond smart meters and attracts more and more energy-saving applications, the need for highly functional, stable and reliable wireless communications is becoming increasingly vital.  Qualcomm's products currently provide us with best-of-breed solution for our nodes," said John J. Joyce, President and CEO of Ambient. "Their inclusion in our smart grid communications node makes the Ambient solution even more reliable and flexible for utilities."  Today, Ambient connects over 500,000 smart grid application end points to utility network operation centers.
At the DistribuTECH 2012 Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, January 24-26, Ambient (Booth # 4220) and Qualcomm (Booth # 1941) will both demonstrate the capabilities of Ambient's communications node using Qualcomm's chipsets.
For many utilities deploying smart grid networks, cellular backhaul is the most logical, easy-to- deploy and cost effective method of providing connectivity to assets in the field due to its breadth of coverage and carrier-supported reliability. The certification by Verizon Wireless assures utilities and other users of the Ambient Smart Grid® Communications Platform that the architecture will seamlessly deploy anywhere with Verizon's extensive network, for both application communications and system backhaul.
"Smart grid deployments continue to shift towards cellular technologies due to high network reliability, low latencies, ubiquitous coverage, remote field upgradability, low cost of ownership and a strong standards based ecosystem," remarked Andy Wood, Director of Business Development for Qualcomm. "Qualcomm is pleased to support Ambient's product introduction and their close engagements with major utilities in defining 3G cellular-enabled neighborhood transformer communication nodes."
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