Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Itron launches Riva sensing platform for smart grids, cities

Iain Morris
October 14, 2014

Smart meter player Itron has launched a new sensing platform aimed at helping utilities and smart city players to realize additional benefits from the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

The platform – branded Riva – is designed to embed intelligence within field devices with the aim of speeding up decision-making, reducing traffic congestion on the network and supporting further automation.

The platform is based on fog computing technology developed by Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) and will also dynamically determine the best network path – including radiofrequency and power-line communications technologies – for optimum communications.

Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) says that by bringing intelligence to field devices it hopes to create a “breakthrough sensing ecosystem” to support growth in global IoT smart grid and IoT markets.

The Riva platform can be easily integrated with third-party devices, says the company, by embedding both an operating system and processor into sensors used in those devices.

Itron also says the adaptive communications functionality of the Riva platform will support an expanding set of smart grid use cases – including distribution automation, demand response, grid sensing and integration of distributed energy resources.

“From utilities to smart cities and far beyond, Itron Riva harnesses the power of edge intelligence while taking advantage of the plug and play capabilities of Cisco’s open ecosystem, making every system more resourceful than ever before,” said Simon Pontin, Itron’s chief technology officer.

“As a leading technology provider to utilities around the world, Itron is uniquely qualified to deliver this edge intelligence, building on our relationship with Cisco,” said Pontin. “With Itron Riva, we are accelerating information sharing and decision processes to improve the efficiency of our world.”

Cisco says the launch of Riva builds on its IOx fog computing platform and marks an exciting development in the fog computing area.

“The connectivity of the IoT means more data, gathered from more places, with more ways to increase efficiency and improve safety and security,” said Kip Compton, vice president of the IoT systems and software group at Cisco. “We are proud to work with companies like Itron to create an ecosystem addressing today’s biggest IoT challenges.”
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