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US and Brazilian firms partner to bring advanced smart grids to South America

Ambient Corporation and ELO Sistemas Eletronicos join up to bring smart grid solutions to South American market

The BRIC-US partnership aims to bring smart grid solutions to South America

US and Brazilian firms have joined up to bring smart grids to South America. Ambient Corporation, a scalable smart grid communications provider in the US and ELO Sistemas Eletronicos, a leading metering technology provider based in Brazil, have partnered to bring smart grid solutions technology to the country.

The partnership combines Ambient’s smart grid platform communications technology and network management software, with ELO's leadership position in electronic meters and smart meter solutions.

It will enable ELO to bring advanced communications technologies for smart meter reading applications to their utility customers. The two companies expect to have the integrated system soon ready for pilot in preparation for volume rollouts beginning in 2013.

Marcos Rizzo, vice president, business development for ELO Sistemas Eletronicos, said: "We are excited to provide our customers with the added benefits of Ambient's IP, standards-based, open platform architecture ensuring interoperability of technologies.

"By leveraging Ambient's communications platform, we will deliver greater grid visibility, control and financial returns for our customers," he said.

Ambient said its flexible platform enables utilities to deploy and integrate multiple smart grid applications and technologies, in parallel, on a single communications infrastructure.

The partnership permits ELO to sell and deploy Ambient’s award-winning technology platform, allowing ELO to respond quickly, cost-effectively and efficiently to a wide range of utility needs.

Jim Fisher vice president, business development for Ambient Corporation, said: "The leading solutions provider in Brazil and throughout South America, ELO is well positioned for growth in this emerging market. ELO is building a robust partnership programme.”

The news from Ambient Corporation and ELO Sistemas Eletronicos is another example of BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and Western firms working together to build renewable power in South America. In June this year, Chinese firm CNPV and German company Donauer set up a partnership to increase PV opportunities in the country.