Frost and Sullivan has dubbed Itron the 2016 Asia Pacific Smart Grid Solutions Company of the Year for its comprehensive smart grid solutions.The award was presented during Australian Utility Week and recognizes the company’s performance in 2015 as a result of its ability to address unmet customer needs and exceed their expectations with its OpenWay Riva IoT solution.
“Itron is a leader in technology and services, offering solutions to utilities across the globe that help them be more resourceful with energy and water. The company has demonstrated an ability to meet the emerging needs of the Asia Pacific smart grid solutions market with its OpenWay Riva solution,” said Avanthika Satheesh, industry analyst for energy and environment at Frost & Sullivan.
“Based on the company’s strong overall performance during the year, Itron rightly deserves the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Smart Grid Solutions Company of the Year.” According to a release, with the OpenWay Riva solution is addressing unmet needs including diversion detection and renewable integration in the Asia Pacific's smart grid solutions sector.
According to the report, “the powerful distributed computing platform, coupled with its innovative adaptive communications technology running on an open, standards-compliant IPv6 network, has been met with a positive response from the market.”
The smart grid solutions market in the Asia Pacific region saw significant developments in 2015 with an increase in smart metering, demand response and grid automation investments in Japan and South Korea. Smart grid testbeds and smart metering trials grew in Southeast Asia and Australasia.
Ever-increasing migration toward urban centers and pressure to better manage resources are main drivers for these developments.
Navigant Research award
In related news, Itron was ranked the leader in the Navigant Research Leaderboard Report for Utility Field Area Networking for its OpenWay Riva IoT solution strategy and execution. [Navigant names Itron leader in utility field area networking]
The Navigant Research Leaderboard Report examines the strategy and execution of 10 leading utility FAN providers. The grid edge connectivity providers are rated on 12 criteria: vision; go-to market strategy; partners; production strategy; technology; geographic reach; sales, marketing and distribution; product performance; product quality and reliability; product portfolio; pricing; and staying power.
Using Navigant Research’s proprietary Leaderboard methodology, vendors are profiled, rated and ranked with the goal of providing an objective assessment of their relative strengths and weaknesses in the global utility FAN market.
Itron received high marks in the report for its vision and product portfolio, including its OpenWay Riva IoT solution, which delivers distributed intelligence, advanced FAN communications and broad device interoperability over a standards-based network.