Rogers to Provide Hydro-Quebec with M2M Wireless Connectivity

by Jordan Richardson on June 20, 2011

Rogers Communications has announced that they will be providing Hydro-Quebec with machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless connectivity across the province. The telecommunications giant will be connecting Hydro-Quebec’s central system with nearly 600 Smart Meter collectors. These collectors accumulate the data collected from the province’s nearly 3.8 million Smart Meters.

Rogers was awarded the six year contract after Hydo-Quebec put out a call for proposals. According to the Rogers’ release on the matter, the company was selected “because of its expertise in being able to provide M2M turnkey business solutions via a reliable network at competitive prices.”

Rogers will be using its wireless network at the Rogers M2M Control Center, a deployment platform that the company claims is “industry leading.”

Rogers has long believed that the future of the industry lies in M2M technology. Back in November of 2010, Nadir Mohamed, President and CEO of Rogers, told the Economic Club of Canada that his company was all about connecting all devices together using M2M. To that end, Rogers has been working with Toronto Hydro to track electricity use. There was also work with the city of Ottawa to monitor traffic lights.

“We are proud to work with Hydro-Quebec to deliver this innovative, seamless turnkey business solution which will allow for real time connections across Quebec,” said Philippe Sicotte, vice president of business solutions at Rogers. “Rogers deploys innovative business solutions that allow its customers to have full control of their network and their operations. Rogers M2M customers have peace of mind knowing that their devices are running on Rogers’ proven reliable network.”

Rogers firmly believes in the future of M2M and expects it to grow by as much as 500 percent over the next few years.

Up next on the docket for Rogers and the magic of M2M is something called “Smart Home Monitoring.” This slightly creepy piece of technology could be tasked with connecting everything from your home’s thermostat to the security system.

For now, Rogers is connecting and operating Smart Meter collectors. The advantages are largely cost-related, as Hydro-Quebec can save on having people head to each meter to check them. Ideally, accuracy goes up as well as the meters are less subject to so-called human error.

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