Itron partners with Wasion to expand OpenWay Riva ecosystem

Itron has partnered with Chinese measurement instrument, system and service supplier Wasion Group to develop and deliver OpenWay Riva-enabled Wasion electricity meters.

The companies will develop and deliver OpenWay Riva-enabled Wasion electricity meters to expand customer choice and capabilities in markets throughout the world.

The OpenWay Riva IoT solution provides distributed intelligence and computing power in meters and grid devices, enabling real-time analysis of data and peer-to-peer communication among intelligent devices at the edge of the network.  The standards-based network can readily accept new devices from a growing ecosystem of third-party technologies, now including the OpenWay Riva-enabled Wasion meter.

With OpenWay Riva technology embedded in Wasion electricity meters, utilities will have another choice of metering platform to enable highly differentiated capabilities and value for their smart metering projects.

These capabilities include high-performance communications with assured connectivity in all types of services environments as well as data processing power in edge devices to provide grid awareness that extends to all service delivery points. These capabilities enable OpenWay Riva-equipped meters to deliver applications that provide significant improvements in grid reliability, efficiency and safety, as well as a powerful platform to deliver new services to customers.

“With this collaboration, Itron is expanding the OpenWay Riva ecosystem by providing a range of new metering options for our customers throughout the world. This collaboration further validates the value and flexibility of our OpenWay Riva solution, which allows meter manufacturers, technology partners, and service providers to join the ecosystem and bring to market IoT solutions for utilities and smart cities,” said Jeff Carkhuff, vice president of global solutions marketing for electricity at Itron.

“By taking a platform and ecosystem approach to our OpenWay Riva solution, we’re able to expand the business case benefits to our utility customers substantially over the life of their systems.”

“By participating in Itron’s OpenWay Riva ecosystem, Wasion Group has access to game-changing technology that makes our electric meters even smarter. And our collaboration with Itron will expand our already growing market presence to areas around the world,” said Zheng Xiao Ping, president of Wasion Group. “We are glad to join forces with Itron, a world-leader that delivers technology and services, to limit waste and empower the resourceful use of energy and water.”

Itron partners with Indonesian utility

The news follows an announcement made in early January by Indonesian state-owned utility, Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PT PLN), that it expanded its contract with Itron for the supply of smart payment meters.

Itron will supply an additional 500,000 smart payment meters for deployment under the utility’s automated metering infrastructure project.

In the previous deal, the energy management firm supplied PT PLN with 635,000 smart payment meters.

Itron is partnering with its Indonesian subsidiary PT Mecoindo for implementation of the project.

The decision by PT PLN to deploy smart payment meters falls under its efforts to help its customers to manage their energy usage in line with their budgets and needs. The smart payment meters provide consumers with access to view their remaining energy balance and plan ahead in regard to their payments to avoid untimely energy shut-offs.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.