Itron and Landis+Gyr add intra-grid sensors to AMI networks


US intra-grid sensor provider GRID20/20 has announced it has successfully integrated its devices with smart grid communication networks managed by Landis+Gyr and Itron to enhance their advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) platforms.

GRID 20/20, which delivers an integrated distribution transformer monitoring (DTM) solution known as OptaNODE to US and international electric utilities, has proven it can now deploy its intra-grid sensors within Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream network and Itron’s OpenWay smart grid network, the company has stated.

Scott Bussing, VPsales at GRID20/20, said: “We have focused on positioning ourselves to actively address the distribution transformer monitoring opportunities where existing communications networks are already in place.

“Our field-testing has proven to be very encouraging and we now look forward to driving our valuable solution into legacy customers who want to leverage their advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) platform investment. They are pulling us into their business as we offer a very unique ‘plug-and-play’ platform enhancement.”

Intra-grid integration

Following recent testing at a Midwestern utility, GRID20/20 has proven that its OptaNODE DTM devices can seamlessly integrate within an existing Landis+Gyr Gridstream AMI network. This deployment enables GRID20/20 to offer intra-grid sensor capability for more than six million distribution transformers at utilities using the Gridstream network.

Similarly, the Itron OpenWay-enabled OptaNODE DTM devices have tested well at several utilities in the western and southern US.

Integration with OpenWay further expands the market potential for GRID20/20 OptaNODE devices by approximately four million additional transformers that are currently serving Itron’s smart grid deployments.

Alan Snook, president of GRID20/20, said: “In addition to our global network deployment capability using GSM communications, we are proud to be the only DTM provider in the world to have integrated with both Itron and Landis+Gyr communications networks.

“Now we will enable utilities to leverage their existing smart meter infrastructures by seamlessly adding critical intra-grid sensors into their smart grid networks, or freely choose to operate autonomous networks using our GSM or RF Mesh enabled devices.”

The size of the US market is estimated at 50 million distribution transformers.