Itron’s first recipient of the 2019 Annual Innovator Award


Itron has named US utility Con Edison as the winner of the technology company’s first annual Innovator Award.

The utility will receive the award at the Itron Utility Week which is currently happening through the 18th of October in Marco Island, Florida.

The award recognises Con Edison’s deployment of natural gas detectors.

The units were deployed in partnership with New Cosmos using Itron’s Milli 5 battery-optimized wireless communications module. 

Itron applauds Con Edison for driving excellence in innovation and taking advantage of Itron’s partner enablement programmes to deliver value from concept to consumer.

Using the natural gas detectors, Con Edison is able to detect natural gas leaks and quickly alert emergency crews to improve safety.

Itron’s Milli 5 modules allow the devices to seamlessly integrate with Con Edison’s existing network infrastructure from Itron, which the utility uses to manage 3.6 million electric meters and 1.2 million gas modules.

As of September 2019, the utility has responded to over 100 notifications.

“We are honored to receive this award, which recognizes our collaboration with Itron and New Cosmos USA Inc. to implement natural gas detection as a holistic safety solution,” said Marc Huestis, senior vice president for Con Edison’s Gas Operations. “The success of this solution highlights the advantages available through Con Edison’s industrial IoT platform. We hope our experience inspires other utilities to deploy these devices to improve safety for the communities they serve.”

“We are committed to delivering innovative industrial IoT solutions by empowering our customers to solve their highest priority challenges through our partner enablement programmes, and Con Edison is an outstanding example of the success of this approach,” said Sharelynn Moore, senior vice president of Networked Solutions at Itron. “We are excited to present this award to Con Edison, which has truly excelled in delivering innovative solutions to its customers.”

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