Smart grid: Itron bags first Latin American deal for edge solution


Brazilian utility AES Eletropaulo has signed a deal with Itron to deploy its new edge intelligence solution in the state of São Paulo with the aim of cutting operating costs and losses.

Itron will supply its OpenWay Riva system, launched in October 2014, which offers a new platform for smart grid applications, giving intelligence to the edge of the network, including detection and analysis of power outages, transformer load management and revenue protection.

The utility, which has a base of 6.8 million customers, will apply the solution to its smart grid research and development project, launched in January 2013 in the city of Barueri, which aims to implement a redundant communication board that can embed two communication technologies – radio frequency and PLC (Power Line Carrier) – in the same device, applying adaptive communications and edge computing power.

Itron will deploy OpenWay Riva-enabled meters, third party electricity meters and associated software applications to customers of Barueri city.

Communication protocol

The smart communication in the meters give significant potential for embedded computing and support for multiple measurement communication protocols as well as other smart devices, providing better decision-making processes for the utility, Itron said in a statement.

Through the smart grid project ‘P&D AES Eletropaulo – Smart Grid’, Itron and AES Eletropaulo will provide adaptive communication technology, deploying a single network solution that incorporates radio frequency and power line carrier in the same device.

The solution dynamically selects the optimal communications path based on network operating conditions, data attributes and application requirements.

AES Eletropaulo will also benefit from traditional smart metering capabilities, including remote metering, remote disconnect, diversion detection and other operational efficiencies.