Badger Meter, Inc. (BMI) today announced it has joined the AT&T Smart City Alliance. This collaboration will explore various alternatives to provide cities, large and small and with diverse needs and priorities, with access to world-class and smart city water metering solutions. AT&T and Badger Meter are working together on how AT&T’s extensive, reliable network and Badger Meter’s industry-leading cellular AMI solutions can join together to help water utilities benefit from the collective leadership and experience in the smart water metering solutions of today and tomorrow.
Badger Meter’s ORION® Cellular endpoints provide increased deployment flexibility, because no infrastructure is needed. This results in substantially reduced operating costs. Beyond the water utility itself, cellular solutions also create flexibility for a city. By implementing cellular networks, cities are not forced into a “one size fits all” solution. Cellular networks allow easy and long-term interoperability between multiple solutions, such as energy efficient lighting, “smart” waste management and improved leak detection in water systems.
In January 2016, AT&T introduced its smart cities framework aimed at helping cities better meet the needs of their citizens using the Internet of Things (IoT). The framework is supported by an alliance of key technology leaders and industry organizations, together collaborating, developing, and ultimately deploying solutions that could help cities address critical issues like high energy costs, transportation, aging infrastructure and public safety.
“Joining the AT&T Smart City Alliance is key to Badger Meter’s plans to provide smart city water metering solutions for any utility – large or small,” says Kenneth Bockhorst, president of Badger Meter. “Our smart water solutions are a revenue generator for municipalities, making them a strategic component of any smart city initiative. Our Alliance with AT&T shows that Badger Meter is ready to deliver on the promise of smart water.”
“Badger Meter is an exciting addition to our Smart Cities Alliance and will allow us to collaborate and trial Badger Meter’s solutions to ultimately provide to cities at scale,” said Michael Zeto, vice president of AT&T IoT, and General Manager of Smart Cities. “Smart water technology is a vital part of creating a comprehensive and truly end-to-end smart cities ecosystem that enables communities to be more efficient, sustainable and safer for the people that live there.”
For more information about Badger Meter and its line of smart metering technologies, visit www.badgermeter.com/utility/solutions/smart-water-metering/
About Badger Meter
Badger Meter is an innovator in flow measurement, control and communications solutions, serving water utilities, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers worldwide. The company’s products measure water, oil, chemicals, and other fluids, and are known for accuracy, long-lasting durability and for providing valuable and timely measurement data. For more information, visit www.badgermeter.com.
Certain statements contained in this news release, as well as other information provided from time to time by Badger Meter, Inc. (the “Company”) or its employees, may contain forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “think,” “should,” “could” and “objective” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking statements. All such forward looking statements are based on the Company’s then current views and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties. Some risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward looking statements include those described in Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 that include, among other things:
- the continued shift in the Company’s business from lower cost, manually read meters toward more expensive, value-added automatic meter reading (AMR) systems, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems and advanced metering analytics (AMA) systems that offer more comprehensive solutions to customers’ metering needs;
- the success or failure of newer Company products;
- changes in competitive pricing and bids in both the domestic and foreign marketplaces, and particularly in continued intense price competition on government bid contracts for lower cost, manually read meters;
- the actions (or lack thereof) of the Company’s competitors;
- changes in the Company’s relationships with its alliance partners, primarily its alliance partners that provide radio solutions, and particularly those that sell products that do or may compete with the Company’s products;
- changes in the general health of the United States and foreign economies, including to some extent such things as the length and severity of global economic downturns, international or civil conflicts that affect international trade, the ability of municipal water utility customers to authorize and finance purchases of the Company’s products, the Company’s ability to obtain financing, housing starts in the United States, and overall industrial activity;
- unusual weather, weather patterns or other natural phenomena, including related economic and other ancillary effects of any such events;
- economic policy changes, including but not limited to, trade policy and corporate taxation;
- the timing and impact of government funding programs that stimulate national and global economies, as well as the impact of government budget cuts or partial shutdowns of governmental operations;
- changes in the cost and/or availability of needed raw materials and parts, such as volatility in the cost of brass castings as a result of fluctuations in commodity prices, particularly for copper and scrap metal at the supplier level, foreign-sourced electronic components as a result of currency exchange fluctuations and/or lead times, and plastic resin as a result of changes in petroleum and natural gas prices;
- the Company’s ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses or products;
- changes in foreign economic conditions, particularly currency fluctuations in the United States dollar, the Euro and the Mexican peso;
- the inability to develop technologically advanced products;
- the failure of the Company’s products to operate as intended;
- the inability to protect the Company’s proprietary rights to its products;
- the Company’s expanded role as a prime contractor for providing complete technology systems to governmental entities, which brings with it added risks, including but not limited to, the Company’s responsibility for subcontractor performance, additional costs and expenses if the Company and its subcontractors fail to meet the timetable agreed to with the governmental entity, and the Company’s expanded warranty and performance obligations;
- disruptions and other damages to information technology and other networks and operations due to breaches in data security or any other cybersecurity attack;
- transportation delays or interruptions;
- violations or alleged violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or other anti-corruption laws and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance provisions of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (referred to as FATCA);
- the loss of or disruption in certain single-source suppliers; and
- changes in laws and regulations, particularly laws dealing with the content or handling of materials used in the Company's products.
All of these factors are beyond the Company's control to varying degrees. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward looking statements contained in this news release and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward looking statements. The forward looking statements made in this document are made only as of the date of this document and the Company assumes no obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to update any such forward looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
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