Itron has also announced an intelligent gas meter that claims to transform the gas distribution network
Itron is working with its consortium partner ALT Telecom Public Company to deploy the south-east Asian utility Provincial Electricity Authority’s (PEA) first advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in the city of Pattaya.
The Itron OpenWay Riva solution includes 116,000 OpenWay Riva-enabled smart meters. The solution will help PEA transform its operations and improve distribution system efficiency, reliability and safety.
As one of the largest utilities in southeast Asia, PEA provides electricity to more than 18 million customers. This deployment will help meet PEA’s goal to better understand the benefits of AMI and prepare to roll-out AMI nationwide.
PEA will benefit from secure, resilient and multi-application network infrastructure and technology platform that features distributed computing power at every level of the network, including in every electric meter.
This enables real-time analysis of data and secured peer-to-peer communication among meters and intelligent devices within the network to manage rapidly changing electric grid conditions. In addition, the solution’s adaptive communications technology dynamically determines the best network path, including radio frequency, cellular or power line carrier, to optimise communications.
PEA will also take advantage of Itron’s meter data management solution, Itron Enterprise Edition (IEE), to provide consistent and meaningful data to upstream utility applications, easing IT integration of AMI and facilitating the distribution of meter data across the utility.
“We will be able to enhance our operations, automate grid performance and directly engage consumers to manage their energy better,” said Pongsakorn Yuthagovit, director of the system planning department at PEA. “By starting with a targeted deployment in the city of Pattaya, we will better understand the benefits of this technology and be better prepared for our nationwide AMI deployment in the future.”
In a separate announcement, Itron is also launching an intelligent gas meter. The Itron Intelis gas meter claims to transform the gas distribution network from the one-way gas delivery mechanism that has been a standard for decades to an interactive energy network delivering gas more safely and efﬁciently.
Featuring embedded intelligence, the meter is designed to increase safety for utility personnel, end customers and communities by enabling safety shut-off at all service points in a timely manner.
It will operate in mobile mode and on the Itron OpenWay Riva and Gen5 IoT networks to deliver near real-time data and post-processing analytics. The intelligent meters act as edge computing devices, each functioning in unison with other intelligent devices and applications on the network to deliver high-resolution data. In that way, critical decisions, such as for consumer safety, can be made proactively to avoid incidents or to respond rapidly after an incident occurs.
Itron will showcase the Intelis gas meter at the World Gas Conference in Washington, DC which runs from 25-29 June.
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