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Grid Net Provides the Fundamentally Different, Fundamentally Better Approach to Smarter Grid Deployments

San Francisco — February 7, 2012 — Grid Net today released the next generation of its Machine-to-Machine Network Operating System for the Smarter Grid and applications — Advanced Metering (AMI), Demand Response Load Control (DRLC), Distribution Monitoring & Control (DM&C), and Premise Area Networking (PAN) — for advanced grid operations.

“The Grid Net Machine-to-Machine Network Operating System is purpose-built to take advantage of the three biggest trends reshaping our industry today: the move to leverage cellular data networks, the push to deploy more and higher value applications, and the need to do flexible deployments that show immediate returns and deliver lasting value,” said John W. Combs, Chairman and CEO of Grid Net. “We started building our Platform for IP-based broadband networks five years ago, have proven our technology with aggressive customer deployments, and are poised to lead the next phase of smarter grid deployments.”

Cellular data networks — ubiquitous, reliable, and highly-capable — are the ideal communications infrastructure for the distribution grid. Grid Net’s efficient and optimized use of network resources ensures that communications costs are only pennies per device per month. Security and data privacy are core strengths of the Grid Net Platform, and are preserved at all times on both public and private networks.

Grid Net enables utilities to securely deploy Advanced Metering, Demand Response Load Control, Distribution Monitoring & Control, and Premise Area Networking applications. Not only do multiple applications work in concert on each device, they also work in unison across the entire grid. This is the promise of the smarter grid, and only Grid Net delivers it today.

What Grid Net delivers Why Grid Net is different
Flexible deployments Grid Net’s use of cellular data networks means that both devices and applications can be deployed whenever and wherever they add value. See significant returns without a full mesh deployment.
Fast implementation Unlike mesh-based systems, there’s no need to build a stand-alone network infrastructure. Plug in a Grid Net-enabled device and it begins transmitting valuable information immediately.
Broadband communications Mesh-based systems are the equivalent of AOL dialup in an always-on broadband world. Cellular data plans are comparable to cost of mesh now, but with 10x performance and capabilities.
Intelligence on every device Grid Net-enabled devices have high-speed network connections, ample memory and processing power, and intelligent software that allows them to make and communicate decisions in real-time.
Live streaming information Utilities are able to stream real-time power quality measurements to their back office systems and consumption readings to customers in their homes.
Application-based focus Grid Net extends the life of legacy back office systems, delivers immediate value when deploying today’s grid applications, and is architected for future high-bandwidth, low-latency applications.
Centrally-managed, highly-distributed architecture Grid Net-enabled devices behave according to the rules utilities define and automatically report when planned or unplanned changes alter their state. The state of the grid is always known.
Strict security throughout Security can’t be an afterthought or bolted-on at the end. Grid Net designed the most comprehensive security implementation and then had it built-in from day one. Peace of mind comes standard.

“The Grid Net Platform, coupled with one or more Grid Net Applications, provides the shortest path to success and the quickest return on investment,” said Combs. “Nothing else even comes close.”

About Grid Net

The Grid Net Machine-to-Machine Network Operating System is purpose-built to manage grid devices and advanced grid applications on broadband networks. Grid Net works across any combination of networks, whether public or private, wired or wireless. With a focus on strategic deployments of higher value grid applications, an investment in Grid Net shows immediate returns and delivers lasting value. Only Grid Net provides the fundamentally different, fundamentally better approach to smarter grid deployments.

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, with offices in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia and Tokyo, Japan, Grid Net is backed by world-class investors Intel Capital, Braemar Energy Ventures, Catamount Ventures, Cisco Systems, and GE Energy Financial Services. Learn more at and follow us on twitter at

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