company of the year; Landis+Gyr

Landis+Gyr’s industry-leading utility Internet of Things solutions enable flexible and cost-effective connectivity, exceeding customer performance needsFrost & Sullivan have recognised Landis+Gyr as the 2017 Global Company of the Year. The award was made based on Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis of the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) industry, coupled with the fact that Landis+Gyr is able to compete in any region through its international network of offices and partners.

According to a release, "Landis+Gyr was recognised for its groundbreaking technologies that bring distributed intelligence and connectivity to all points on the distribution grid. Specifically, the company’s pursuit of innovation is exemplified by its IPv6 multi-technology network that is deployed by the millions all over the world. With this platform, the company offers the unique ability to connect utility and consumer devices using RF Mesh, G3 PLC, and cellular communications through a common software platform; it also provides Wi-SUN-compliant connectivity to the premise. The other intriguing aspect is that a single network enables all these technologies to work independently under the same umbrella. By efficiently bringing these communications technologies together, Landis+Gyr’s utility Internet of Things (IoT) solutions enable flexible and cost-effective connectivity to address the challenges that impact utilities today and the ability to react to the unknowns of the future."

The addition of a small, coin-sized radio package that supports multiple communication protocols, including IPv6 and advanced security, makes integrating into a vast array of grid devices that require edge computing capabilities even easier. This allows utilities to connect a vast community of devices to its IoT platform for added value and extensibility of investments.

“In April 2017, Landis+Gyr launched its next-generation prepay metering solution as part of an industry-leading portfolio of energy and capacity optimisation solutions. This solution was designed to help utilities manage resources utilising edge intelligence to support a more balanced, efficient, and flexible distribution network,” said Frost & Sullivan principal analyst Gautham Gnanajothi.

Landis+Gyr’s solution is [...] helping customers enhance intelligence at the edge of the grid. It integrates into a utility’s existing CIS and payment infrastructure and tracks energy usage and account balances in the meter. It also delivers real-time account and usage statistics to the consumer via a robust in-home digital display unit, as well as a consumer engagement platform.”

The company also launched its innovative Engage Solution Suite to involve consumers in energy and capacity optimisation. Utilising a proprietary online portal called Marketplace, it provides a turnkey storefront for utilities to offer energy management devices—from thermostats and light bulbs to water heaters and power strips—directly to customers. The company is in the early stages of adding another important function in its portal that will further expand load management capabilities by offering rewards to consumers based on voluntary load reduction during peak periods.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents a Company of the Year award to the company that demonstrates excellence in terms of growth strategy and implementation in its field. The award recognises a high degree of innovation with products and technologies and the resulting leadership in terms of customer value and market penetration.

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