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Navigant Research has named Itron a leader in its Leaderboard for Utility Field Area Networking (FAN).

Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst at Navigant Research, said: “Itron was recognised as a leader because of its global reach, technological innovation, ability to deliver and its strong strategic alliances.”

Of the 13 companies included on the leaderboard, Itron was the only company ranked in the Leader category for grid edge connectivity providers.

The report evaluated the vision, strategy and execution of FAN providers based on their participation in the advanced metering infrastructure or distribution automation networking markets for power utilities.

Vendors in the Leader category have exceptional market share, strong partner relationships and a sustainable business model.

Leaders also demonstrated vision and success in leveraging Internet of Things technology to support multiple applications for a broad range of smart utility and smart city solutions.

 “Leaders in the FAN market are enjoying large project wins and are proactively broadening their technology and solution offering portfolios,” added Elberg.

To date, Itron says it has deployed more than 200 million connected devices from smart meters to battery modules to streetlights and DA endpoints.

Smart Energy International spoke with Itron CEO Phil Mezey at DistribuTECH 2019 to understand the trends affecting the utility sector.