January 12, 2015
Moving forward together, Nighthawk and Synapse Wireless have joined forces to provide wireless control and monitoring to the smart connected device infrastructure -- providing customers such as large utilities with complete control, access and visibility to manage their critical systems.
Coppell, Texas-based Nighthawk, a leader in cellular-based utility meter and connected device solutions, and Huntsville’s Synapse Wireless, an Internet of Things solutions provider, are two of McWane’s dynamic high technology companies -- and that dynamism is showing. By working together, they are finding new markets to deploy their ground-breaking technology.
As it happens, that technology is helping our customers control costs, improve effectiveness and further expand the breadth of McWane quality engineering. It’s also, significantly, extending McWane into bright, new markets.
Synapse modules, built around the company’s patented SNAP® technology operating system, “link” Nighthawk meters together and allow them to be remotely controlled. This ‘hub and spoke’ approach allows Nighthawk to send updates and monitor data received from multiple meters simultaneously instead of one meter at a time. This eliminates the need for utility staff to manually monitor their sites, reduces costs associated with expensive truck rolls, and decreases the liability directly linked to site inspection visits.
The strategic partnership between Nighthawk and Synapse Wireless is one that provides endless opportunities. As consumer expectations rise, and the need for efficiencies increases, Synapse and Nighthawk will be at the forefront developing long term solutions that will change the way businesses operate.
But that’s not all Nighthawk has been up to lately. Nighthawk has joined Verizon’s Partner Program. Verizon is already one of Nighthawk’s network vendors, and now that relationship is poised to grow even more.
Thanks to Nighthawk’s robust security and cloud-based capabilities, Verizon has partnered with Nighthawk to provide a fuller suite of services to its customers. As a result, Nighthawk gets access to a huge new potential customer base.
Verizon’s Partner Program connected Nighthawk into Verizon’s direct sales team of more than 2,000 agents. This has allowed Nighthawk to become Verizon’s largest partner in the South for helping companies establish Internet of Things networks to help devices and facilities better communicate and manage resources efficiently.
Nighthawk’s smart devices enable hardware and systems to talk to each other, to monitor each other, and to manage each other in a cost-effective manner.
“We’re really excited,” said Charles Kitowski, Nighthawk’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our devices interoperate directly with billing, distribution automation, manufacturing systems or other existing control software. Now that we are leveraging our existing core product business into a vehicle for turning a vendor like Verizon into a real partner for business development, the sky is the limit.”
McWane, Inc. is a family-owned business based in Birmingham, Alabama, with companies across the United States and the world. At the McWane Family of Companies, we cast ductile iron products--including pipe, valves, hydrants, fittings, and plumbing products--manufacture fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems, steel pressure vessels, and build network switches and monitoring equipment. We are the leader in delivering clean, safe drinking water around the world while focusing on the safe, environmentally-friendly manufacturing of our products. With more than 6,000 team members McWane has a longstanding commitment of support to the communities where we live and work.