Itron bags 2021 “Public Safety Innovation of the Year” award

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Itron has been selected as the winner of the “Public Safety Innovation of the Year” award for the third consecutive year in the annual IoT Breakthrough Awards programme.

The awards programme is conducted each year by market intelligence organisation IoT Breakthrough to recognise the top companies, technologies and products in the global Internet of Things market.

The mission of the IoT Breakthrough Awards programme is to recognise the innovators, leaders and visionaries from around the globe in a range of IoT categories, including industrial and enterprise IoT, smart city technology, connected home and home automation, connected car, and many more.

This year’s programme attracted more than 3,850 nominations from companies all over the world.

Itron has in 2021 been recognised owing to its cutting-edge IoT-based wastewater monitoring solution developed through a collaboration with Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer Department (WASD), Utility Systems Science & Software (US3) and the Avanti Company.

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Taking advantage of real-time data from US3’s wastewater flow sensors and Itron’s expertise in delivering outcome-based IoT solutions for critical infrastructure operators, this innovative solution enabled Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department to proactively identify leakages, prevent sewer overflows, improve water quality, protect local ecosystems and ensure public safety.

The solutions has enabled the utility to mitigate regulatory issues, comply with local environmental regulations, and improve operational efficiencies for the department’s I/I reduction program. The solution automates the reporting process for regulatory compliance, and improves field personnel mobilisation, reducing the amount of deployments by 60%, avoiding unnecessary deployments and reducing operational costs for the utility.

James Johnson, managing director at IoT Breakthrough., said: “Itron is not only displaying a high-level of IoT innovation with the developer programme and IoT solutions, but this innovative smart city solution is a shining example of real-world IoT deployment yielding results.

“With the Itron wastewater management system, Miami-Dade is improving system reliability and ensuring safety for their 2.7 million residents. We extend our sincere congratulations to Itron for taking home our ‘Public Safety Innovation of the Year’ award for 2021.”

John Marcolini, senior vice president of Networked Solutions at Itron, adds: “With Itron’s IIoT solution and robust partner ecosystem, we are bringing innovative solutions to market, such as the wastewater monitoring capabilities at Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department, in order to enhance public safety for the communities our technology touches.

“We are thrilled that the success of this collaboration, which is improving the utility’s ability to address state and federal regulatory standards while increasing operational efficiency, is being recognized in the 2021 IoT Breakthrough Awards program.”