grid communications

Brazilian utility Elektro has selected Itron to improve consumer energy efficiency and grid management.

The energy distributor to 13,6 million customers will deploy Itron's Gen5 IoT network to provide connectivity for smart meters and other grid devices.

The network will be deployed in cities Atibaia, Nazaré Paulista and Bom Jesus dos Perdões, over the next year.

Itron is partnering with its sales partner Eletra, a meter provider.

Elektro will also replace some 40,000 existing meters with Eletra's Zeus smart meters to provide consumers with real-time energy usage data.

The solution is expected to help Elektro to improve grid reliability and reduce commercial losses.

The programme will equip the utility with distribution automation and fault control indicators and will be able to help cities integrate innovative solutions like smart lighting, traffic control and EV charging stations.

Itron will also provide Brazil's second largest energy distributor with professional services and software maintenance to ensure reliable, predictable software delivery, operations and upgrades.

The project is part of efforts by Elektro to modernise its grid network, as well as build a foundation to become a distribution system operator.

Heron Fontana, Smart Grids superintendent for Neoenergia, said: “Combining Eletra’s smart meters and Itron’s network will improve our infrastructure and service delivery to our customers.

“Itron’s network is Wi-SUN compliant and aligned with our digitalisation strategy of implementing open-standards solutions, enabling further opportunities as distribution automation, streetlights and other applications.”

We spoke with Itron on how their acquisition of Silver Spring Networks will benefit utilities and IoT customers.

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