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Itron has won, for the second consecutive year, the “Public Safety Solution of the Year” Award, part of the 2020 IoT Breakthrough Awards Programme.

Itron has been selected as the winner of the “Public Safety Solution of the Year” award for the second consecutive year in the annual IoT Breakthrough Awards programme from IoT Breakthrough, a market intelligence organization.

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As part of its developer programme, Itron co-developed a solution to help mitigate natural gas leaks, preventing devastating damage and enhancing safety for communities around the world.

Partnering with New Cosmos, and as part of a Con Edison’s initiative, Itron’s Gen5 communications technology has been incorporated into highly sensitive and reliable natural gas detectors that can now identify gas leaks and send critical alerts via the Itron network used by utilities and cities.

The deployment of 9,000 battery-powered natural gas detectors means Con Edison is notified of the need for preventive intervention and has improved safety for its 10 million customers.

The devices seamlessly integrate with Con Edison’s existing smart meter network, which will connect more than 3.6 million electric meters and 1.2 million gas meters. To date, the utility has responded to over 100 notifications, demonstrating the potential of the platform and developer enablement tools.

“Public safety is certainly one of the most important areas of benefit for the IoT industry, and Itron is a well-established leader in this category,” said James Johnson, managing director at IoT Breakthrough.

“Last year, we awarded Itron for its Itron Intelis gas meter solution, and this year the company is ‘breaking through’ the crowded IoT industry once again with its smart natural gas detectors.”

“By implementing these smart natural gas detectors, utilities are able to proactively protect their customers,” said Sharelynn Moore, senior vice president of Networked Solutions at Itron.

“With smart natural gas detectors on its IoT network, Con Edison is able to detect leaks quickly and alert emergency crews to improve safety in the communities it serves.”

The mission of the 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 program attracted more than 3,700 nominations from companies all over the world.