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Kapsch partners Star Solutions to promote LTE, CDMA for smart energy

Iain Morris
September 2, 2014
Telecoms player Kapsch CarrierCom has teamed up with Canada’s Star Solutions to develop wireless technologies for European energy suppliers.

The companies say the CDMA and LTE wireless standards could be used to support the transmission of consumption data recorded by smart meters, smart grids and other M2M services.

“There is currently a great deal of talk about smart cities,” said Thomas Schopf, the chief operating officer of the Kapsch (Vienna, Austria) subsidiary. “The related intelligent networking concepts can only be put into practice if reliable and secure communications are ensured.”

“This is our field of expertise,” he added. “With Star Solutions [Richmond, Canada], we have found a partner whose technology we can use to cover one of our new strategic business areas with the quality and level of continuity that customers expect of us.”

Schopf says the partnership will combine the technology expertise that Star Solutions has gained in North America with Kapsch’s “profound knowledge of the European market”.

According to the two companies, a test deployment using CDMA technology is already in operation at the Kapsch headquarters in Vienna, and numerous tests have been carried out using Star Solutions’ equipment.

Although lower-bandwidth technologies have so far been used to support basic M2M services, industry analysts are anticipating a shift towards higher-speed services based on standards like LTE.

The faster technologies could clearly support the delivery of more advanced services, providing greater value to end users and leading to further benefits for energy providers.

One concern has been the higher cost of LTE equipment, but this looks set to fall as deployments of the technology accelerate over the next few years.
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