New mobile app launched for utility field operations


[quote] Itron’s new full mobile data collection and field asset management solution is designed to transform utility field operations. With the solution, utilities can use the Itron Mobile app on the device of their choice – including smartphones, tablets and laptops – for automated meter reading and manual data collection.

According to a company release, the solution provides new capabilities, including the ability to capture photographs as a part of the meter reading process and utilise cloud-based maps on all devices to display route and meter data.

Meter readers can always be connected, which allows supervisors to manage their mobile workforce remotely and easily reassign work. Data collection is highly accurate with thorough and proven read validation, which ensures accurate bills and satisfied customers. The mobile application also improves safety with multiple methods to warn employees of hazards, including audible and vibration warnings. [Engerati round-up: UK smart meters, smart devices and mobile utility services]

Wendy Lohkamp, senior director of solutions marketing for Software and Services at Itron, said: “As a pioneer and leader in mobile data collection, Itron has a deep understanding of our utility customers’ data collection needs. As smart devices become more common in the workplace, we wanted to extend our expertise to these platforms.

“It is our job to make our customers’ jobs easier. With Itron Mobile, we are enabling data to be captured in ways that weren’t possible before, making field operations more efficient.”

The solution is available in North America and will be available in other regions in the near future. It enables utilities to improve the productivity and efficiency of their mobile workforce while also enhancing employee safety.

Itron smart meter certification

In other recent news, Itron has announced that it has received an unconditional 10 year initial seal period for its CENTRON II OpenWay singlephase smart meters.

According to a company release, Itron is the first smart meter manufacturer to receive an unconditional 10 year initial seal period for its smart metering technology, which it received from Measurement Canada for a device that is approved for in-service firmware downloads. [Itron’s Linky smart meters receive G3-PLC certification]

The release adds that the latest certification, Itron’s CENTRON II OpenWay singlephase smart meters in Canada do not need to be re-verified for accuracy until their 10th year in service and, while in service, updates can be performed remotely to metrology and communication control firmware.

Measurement Canada is responsible for ensuring that suppliers and consumers receive accurate measurement of goods. The agency develops and administers the laws and requirements governing measurement, evaluates, approves, and certifies measuring devices, and it investigates complaints involving measurement devices.

In order for the technology and services company to receive the certification, the accuracy of Itron’s meters was verified in accordance with the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act and Measurement Canada Regulations. Meters without an unconditional 10-year seal period must be re-verified on or before the sixth year in service.