Utilidata and Itron combine volt optimisation with Riva IoT solution


Utilidata, Inc.and Itron Inc. have announced that they are working together to deliver a technology solution that will help electric utility companies modernise grid networks, create greater efficiency and deliver cost savings.

Through this collaboration, Utilidata’s AdaptiVolt voltage optimisation capabilities will be available as a distributed intelligence application residing on meters and other devices within Itron’s OpenWay Riva IoT solution.

“Utilidata is taking advantage of the distributed intelligence capabilities of the OpenWay Riva platform to bring even greater connectivity, intelligence and control to utilities and their customers,” said Sharelynn Moore, senior vice president of networked solutions at Itron.

“We’re excited about this new app for OpenWay Riva because real-time energy delivery optimisation through intelligent voltage control is exactly the sort of value-add, edge computing application that OpenWay Riva was created to empower.”

Utilidata’s AdaptiVolt technology uses real-time information from distribution grid system assets to optimise the delivery of electric power and reduce energy usage. The integration with Itron’s OpenWay Riva platform will enable the AdaptiVolt technology to take advantage of additional data from Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Itron Analytics, unlocking further energy savings and maximising grid efficiency from the substation to end-user.

The application for OpenWay Riva will enable superior performance and drive energy efficiency cost savings for more utility customers at a significantly lower cost and complexity to utilities.

Utilities can use the distributed intelligence application to optimise grid performance and reliability, meet energy efficiency goals, integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and save energy.

In addition, Itron customers will be able to utilise AdaptiVolt to enhance energy efficiency performance and visibility for grid operators using meter data from their Itron AMI solution.

“Itron is uniquely positioned to enable utilities to derive even greater value from a Volt-VAR optimisation (VVO) deployment, given the company’s innovative approach to grid connectivity,” said Josh Brumberger, Utilidata’s chief executive officer.

“Through this collaboration, we look forward to delivering utilities the immediate benefits of a faster, easier and more efficient VVO deployment. We also look forward to developing additional distributed intelligence applications for OpenWay Riva. We are excited to be part of Itron’s commitment to using data analytics, new communications capabilities and computing power at the distribution edge.”