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Itron Partners with Qualcomm

06 Feb 2013

Itron is collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies on a next-generation smart energy platform that will combine Itron’s OpenWay smart meters with Qualcomm Technologies’ Gobi MDM8x15 multi-mode modem and integrated application processor. The new Itron smart meters will bring greater choices to utility customers deploying smart metering solutions.
 

According to Itron, the cellular solution will enable utilities “to strategically deploy their smart grid devices regardless of their service territory geography—as a standalone solution, for in-fill coverage gaps or in combination with other access technologies. Cellular allows utilities to strategically and rapidly deploy meters, grid devices and sensors on commercially available cellular IP networks.”

The solution also enables emerging smart energy applications that require greater amounts of granular data such as distribution automation, pre-paid metering, and electric vehicle integration.
The solution also enables emerging smart energy applications that require greater amounts of granular data such as distribution automation, pre-paid metering, and electric vehicle integration.

Russ Vanos, Itron senior vice president of strategy and business development at Itron. “This collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies is very significant for Itron. When we acquired SmartSynch, we recognized the growing importance of 3G cellular for smart grid deployments. Now, we have taken the next logical step in working strategically with Qualcomm Technologies so that we can stay at the forefront of cellular developments, utilize the smartphone ecosystem and its capabilities and scale for the smart grid. It also helps ensure that Itron continues to offer our customers a broad portfolio of integrated communication options.”

Kanwalinder Singh, Qualcomm Technologies senior vice president of business development, adds: “We are planning to introduce to the smart energy space similar technologies that we have brought to today’s leading mobile and computing devices, helping to extend our vision for the Internet of Everything. Itron is a leader in software, services and communications for the smart grid with OpenWay. The Gobi platform will host OpenWay applications and make them globally deployable on 3G networks with migration to LTE and backward compatibility to 2G. We are excited about working with Itron, and, through our Gobi 3G multi-mode chipsets, to helping enable Itron to meet the evolving needs of global utilities with cellular technologies.”

Itron provides solutions that help utilities measure, manage and analyze energy and water. For more information, visit www.itron.com.