Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI) announced today that National Grid, a supplier
of electricity to approximately 3.4 million customers in the Northeast,
has selected Itron's smart grid solution which uses Cisco's
multi-application communications network for the utility's 10,000 meter
Smart Grid Pilot Program in Worcester, Mass. This project adds to the
successful 5,000 meter early field trial (EFT) that started in February
2012 in Worcester. National Grid will begin deploying the full pilot in
The expanded Smart Grid Pilot Program will leverage and build upon the
smart grid infrastructure from the EFT. National Grid will also expand
the highly secure IPv6 communication network based on Cisco's GridBlocksTM
architecture and Cisco Connected Grid routers. Back office applications,
including Itron's meter data management, collection engine and reporting
software, Cisco's Connected Grid Network Management System, and other
third party application software will continue to be provided through
Itron's cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.
National Grid's Smart Grid Pilot will evaluate the integration of home
automation, dynamic pricing and distribution automation as a mechanism
to improve service reliability and save customers money through
increased energy awareness. The pilot will provide customers access to
detailed energy usage information, which customers can access online,
with cell phone apps or through a variety of technologies installed in
homes and businesses.
During the EFT, Itron, Cisco and National Grid collaborated to test and
demonstrate the capabilities of the new IPv6 communication network. This
included operating multiple applications simultaneously over the IPv6
network composed of advanced meterin, home area networking and
distribution automation. The field trial also successfully demonstrated
remote and secure technology upgradability over the air, and network
load balancing and monitoring. The smart grid communication network
received high marks for end-to-end system reliability and resiliency
where the network effectively recovered and rebalanced itself after
simulated failures and outages. These capabilities were effectively
utilized and further evaluated in supporting National Grid's efforts to
restore power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
"We have been very pleased with the results of the early field trial.
Our goal from the beginning has been to test and validate the smart grid
solution before we fully deploy it to our customers. We look forward to
working with Itron and Cisco on this next phase of implementing our
Smart Grid Pilot Program," said Cheri Warren, vice president, Asset
Management for National Grid.
"National Grid has taken a very thoughtful and innovative approach to
deploying smart grid technologies, focusing on a comprehensive and
scalable solution that will enable rapid scale-up in the future," said
Russ Vanos, vice president of global smart grid and business development
at Itron. "The results of this pilot will surely influence the industry
as we look to evolve smart grid communications from proprietary systems
to true multi-application networks built on open standards."
"National Grid's new, highly secure multi-application communications
network will help transform its operations as well support programs that
engage and empower customers to make informed choices about their energy
use. Cisco is proud to be a part of such an innovative and exciting
smart grid implementation," said Lionel Chocron, vice president and
general manager of Cisco's Connected Energy Networks business unit.
Itron is a global technology company. We build solutions that help
utilities measure, manage and analyze energy and water. Our broad
product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy
measurement and control technology; communications systems; software;
and professional services. With thousands of employees supporting nearly
8,000 utilities in more than 100 countries, Itron empowers utilities to
responsibly and efficiently manage energy and water resources. Join us
in creating a more resourceful world; start here: www.itron.com.
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seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can
happen when you connect the previously unconnected. To learn more about
solutions for utilities, please visit www.cisco.com/go/utilities.
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