NEWTON, Mass., July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambient Corporation (NASDAQ: AMBT), a leading provider of secure, flexible and scalable smart grid communications and applications platforms, announced that the X-3100 Smart Grid Node with embedded Sierra Wireless MC8355 module has been certified to operate on the Sprint network. The addition of this Sprint network certification gives North American utilities more choice and greater flexibility to fulfill their cellular communications requirements when using the field-proven Ambient Smart Grid® Platform. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090311/AMBIENTLOGO ) "One of the key benefits of the Ambient solution is its flexibility, which we believe should be afforded not only by the communications options that we provide, but also by the potential carriers that our customers can use. We are delighted to have achieved this additional certification with Sprint, and pleased that we can now offer our customers the added functionality that the MC8355 module provides," said John J. Joyce, President and CEO of Ambient Corporation. Ram Rao, SVP and CTO, added, "Utilizing carrier wireless networks for utility Wide Area Networks (WANs) offers an Internet Protocol (IP)-based backhaul solution, which benefits from lower latency, higher throughput and robust security. These are vital characteristics to meet the demands imposed by the growing number of smart devices and applications on distribution grids." "With the rising demand for energy and natural resources, machine-to-machine solutions give utilities and their customers a powerful emerging tool for automating services, managing demand and promoting sustainability," said Wayne Ward, Vice President-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. "Our collaboration with Ambient underscores our commitment to helping the utility industry improve efficiency." The Ambient Smart Grid Node is a purpose-built network device with advanced processing capability and memory, designed to support electric, gas and water utility communications and applications on their respective grids. It provides upstream and downstream high-speed data communications using a variety of wired and wireless technologies, including cellular, serial, Ethernet, Power Line Communications (PLC), Wi-Fi and Radio Frequency (RF) technologies.