- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

JACKSON, MISS. (AP) - A Mississippi firm is working with AT&T; Inc. to provide utility companies with wireless technology they can use to monitor meters.

SmartSynch, based in Jackson, says its program allows utilities to check the meters from a computer rather than sending someone to the site.

The partnership with AT&T; allows the company to market its product on a wider scale, and allows the utilities to communicate directly with meters over the AT&T; wireless network.

Stephen D. Johnston, chief executive of SmartSynch, said the utility companies are expected to spend up to $50 billion on “smart grid technology” and the stimulus bill includes $11 billion.

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