Navigant names Itron leader in utility field area networking


The Navigant Research Leaderboard Report examines the strategy and execution of 10 leading utility FAN providers. The grid edge connectivity providers are rated on 12 criteria: vision; go-to market strategy; partners; production strategy; technology; geographic reach; sales, marketing and distribution; product performance; product quality and reliability; product portfolio; pricing; and staying power.

Using Navigant Research’s proprietary Leaderboard methodology, vendors are profiled, rated and ranked with the goal of providing an objective assessment of their relative strengths and weaknesses in the global utility FAN market.
Itron received high marks in the report for its vision and product portfolio, including its OpenWay Riva IoT solution, which delivers distributed intelligence, advanced FAN communications and broad device interoperability over a standards-based network. [Enedis order 4.6 million Itron Linky smart meters]

Says Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst at Navigant Research and co-author of the report, “Itron has differentiated itself from many competitors through its innovative OpenWay Riva solution, strong partner relationships and a sustainable business model. As the leader in this leaderboard, the firm holds an enviable position in the FAN market.”

Delivering distributed intelligence

The OpenWay Riva solution provides distributed intelligence throughout the network, including the FAN, at the edge and in the utility back office. The solution’s communications technology uses one unified network and communication solution.

Mark de Vere White, president of Itron’s Electricity business line, said: “Itron is proud to be recognised as the leader in utility field area networking by Navigant Research. Our OpenWay Riva IoT solution is helping utilities unlock significant new value in distribution system operations and customer service by solving problems in new, yet very practical and cost-effective ways. [Itron resourcefulness index trends]

“The OpenWay Riva solution has the power to transform utility operations and deliver new value in distribution system efficiency, reliability, safety and new services for customers.”

According to the report, leaders in the FAN market are enjoying large project wins and are proactively broadening their technology and solution offering portfolios. They have global reach, have demonstrated technological innovation and participate in numerous strategic alliances.