Itron has announced the launch of a communications platform featuring a unified, secure, multi-service network for smart energy, smart water and smart cities application.The OpenWay Riva communications platform is said to deliver interoperability and distributed intelligence over the Cisco network. Itron’s platform “drives new applications and decision-making to the edge to take action in near real time, enabling the active grid for utilities and smart cities,” says WaterWorld
Simon Pontin, Itron’s chief technology officer said: “The OpenWay Riva communications platform redefines the smart network. Utilities require a network that does more than collect reams of data for back office analysis. The platform enables decision-making at the edge, optimizing analytics where they need to happen, enabling utilities to run multiple applications in edge devices, creating capabilities not available before in the industry while opening the door for new revenue opportunities.”
Multi-service smart energy network
[quote] The multi-service platform available for gas and water utilities and cities in addition to electric utilities delivers three core distributed intelligence capabilities. They include locational awareness of edge devices, support for multiple communication and application protocols, and processing power at the edge of the low-voltage network.
These capabilities are reported to help energy and water providers, and cities alike to push numerous smart water, gas and grid apps to the edge including - revenue assurance and theft detection, leak detection, high impedance detection and other safety diagnostics, outage detection and analysis, transformer loading, and demand response and management of distributed generation at the sub-transformer level.
The OpenWay Riva platform also features Adaptive Communications Technology which integrates radio frequency, powerline carrier and Wi-Fi technology. The network solution also includes Itron cellular communications for electric utilities – affording a wide broad array of communication for comprehensive coverage in challenging environments.
Pontin added: “The platform has the power to transform utility operations and deliver new value in distribution system efficiency, reliability and safety. This next generation platform is available across commodities, providing new and differentiating capabilities for utilities and smart cities. It is already changing the strategy and financial calculus for our utility customers in their grid modernization efforts.”
According to a company release, Itron will feature the technology at DistribuTECH, Feb 9-11, in Orlando.