Sprint to Help Pittsburgh Save Money, Energy in City Buildings


UPDATE Sprint will roll out its all-wireless small cell, the “Sprint Magic Box,” in about 100 Pittsburgh, PA city buildings. BOSS Controls, an IoT energy management company based in Pittsburgh, received the “intent to award” contract from the city, Sprint announced.

Sprint says the low-cost, self-configuring small cell “Magic Box” provides indoor coverage averaging up to 30,000 square feet, and the signal also extends data coverage to its customers in nearby businesses. Sprint Magic Box and LTE modems with WiFi will connect BOSS Smart Plugs installed in the City of Pittsburgh buildings. The smart plug can be added to electrical devices that need to be turned off when the buildings are empty, saving the city money and reducing demand on the electrical grid.

Along with Sprint, BOSS Controls is also collaborating with the City of Pittsburgh’s Sustainability and Resilience Division, Facilities Bureau and the Department of Innovation and Performance, Duquesne Light Company and other firms to provide energy savings for city buildings.

July 13, 2018

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