New services will mean utilities and cities will benefit from different types of data coming together into one place, generating new intelligence
Itron is consolidating its energy and water software solutions into a single platform built on Microsoft Azure.
Azure is the largest enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure available and will become the backbone for Itron Total Outcomes, which provides business outcomes that address utility and smart city challenges in an ‘outcomes-as-a-service model to lower costs and improve performance.
Itron plans to enable a new range of services around its products in the areas of solar integration, leak detection and analytics. Utilities and cities will benefit from different types of data coming together into one place, generating new intelligence and insights. For example, solar-related services will bring together accurate, real-time data related to consumption, usage patterns, panel temperature and power generated and combine it with weather and geolocation data to drive further insights into energy efficiency and asset health.
For gas utilities, detecting leaks through cloud-based applications and services that monitor pressure, temperature and pipeline stress will enhance safety and protect revenue. For water, providing early warnings of potential water leakage using real-time usage readings from households can prevent high-risk situations that lead to large reparation expenses or liability pay-outs.
“Itron is standardising on Microsoft Azure to provide higher quality and more seamless services to our customers,” said Greg Richards, vice president of DevOps at Itron. “It allows us to offer the functionality of many software offerings in a unified ‘as a service’ environment. Offering our software applications via Microsoft Azure will enable Itron to be more agile in innovation and development for our customers.”
Itron Total Outcomes, including outcomes-as-a-service and software-as-a-service (SaaS), will be powered by Azure and surrounded by value-adding services, including Cortana Intelligence Suite and Azure IoT Suite capabilities, that will allow Itron’s customers to take advantage of a world-class platform that benefits from billions of dollars in ongoing investment.
Its current product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement devices and control technology; communications systems; software; as well as managed and consulting services. It supports nearly 8,000 customers in more than 100 countries.
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