Itron's OpenWay Riva to Enable Smart City Applications

By CIOReview | Wednesday, May 11, 2016

FREMONT, CA: Itron, Inc., a technology and services company, recently announced that Avista has chosen Itron to modernize its electric and gas network in Washington State and lay the foundation for smart city applications, reports BusinessWire.

Avista will deploy Itron’s OpenWay Riva, an IoT solution that delivers interoperability and distributed intelligence over an Itron and Cisco network. The utility and smart cities IoT solution delivers both Adaptive Communications Technology and distributed intelligence to meters, grid devices and sensors at the edge of the network. The computing power of this solution will enable utilities to run multiple applications in edge devices and make near real-time decisions in the field. Besides, smart metering, the various applications it includes are revenue assurance and theft detection; high impedance detection and other safety diagnostics; outage detection and analysis; transformer load management; demand response; and management of distributed generation at the sub-transformer level. The new solution will also enable Avista to provide more timely information to its customers so they can better manage their energy usage.

“The OpenWay Riva solution features entirely new capabilities in communications and distributed intelligence, and has the power to transform utility operations, delivering new value in distribution system efficiency, reliability and safety. We look forward to bringing these capabilities to Avista,” says Mark de Vere White, president of Itron’s Electricity business line.

This next-generation solution helps improve electric and gas operational efficiencies, enhance reliability, reduce energy losses, and enhance customer service and engagement. Additionally, with open standards, the IoT multipurpose network can help run smart city applications, such as smart street lighting or electric vehicle charging.