In Europe, Austria’s Salzburg AG, a local multi-utility company for the city and state of Salzburg, has chosen Itron to expand upon its smart grid pilot project.
Itron will supply its Riva edge intelligence technology to enable adaptive communications technology and computing abilities for the utility’s meters and other electric grid devices at the edge of the network.
The Salzburg AG smart grid project marks the first pilot of OpenWay Riva technology in Europe, and delivers distributed intelligence to meters and grid devices at the grid edge.
The Austrian utility will use Itron’s solution, which combines radio frequency (RF) and power line communications (PLC) technology, to determine the most reliable communications path based on location, network operating conditions and application of data.
Salzburg will use the communications solution to test smart grid use cases, including remote service switch capabilities, on-demand meter reading and network resiliency.
Thomas Rieder, head of smart metering at Salzburg AG, commented: “In this next phase of our smart grid pilot, Salzburg AG looks forward to benefiting from Itron’s OpenWay Riva solution.
“The solution’s adaptive communication technology could give us the flexibility we need to switch between RF and PLC communications for assured connectivity at the highest possible speeds.
“We are highly interested in evaluating the benefits of a robust, secure, multi-service smart grid network and smart grid applications in the field.”
Fast and reliable data transfer
The solution will also allow the utility to perform data analysis at the edge of the network, which Itron claims will ease the burden of high volume data transfer for further analysis and decrease the need for human intervention where certain tasks can be automated.