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Itron to support smart grid rollout by Brazil's AES Eletropaulo

Iain Morris
December 2, 2014

Smart meter provider Itron has signed a contract with Brazilian utility AES Eletropaulo that will see it work on making operational improvements to a smart grid project in the city of Barueri in Sao Paolo state.

Under the tie-up, AES will benefit from use of Itron’s OpenWay Riva technology, which is intended to move intelligence to the edge of the network to support the use of new smart grid applications.

Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) said the deal represented its first contract in Latin America for the OpenWay Riva technology.

AES (Barueri, Brazil) currently serves around 6.8 million customers in Sao Paolo and launched its Barueri smart grid project in January 2013.

It has been looking introduce a redundant communication board that can embed two communications technologies – radio frequency and power line carrier – in the same device.

The use of smarter communications technology in the meters will allow the utility to provide support for embedded computing and other smart devices, said Itron in a statement.

OpenWay-Riva-enabled meters are intended to offer a platform for various smart grid applications, including detection and analysis of power outages, transformer load management and revenue protection.

Working with AES, Itron says it will deploy a single network solution that includes radio frequency and power line carrier in the same device.

The system will then be able to dynamically select the optimal communications path based on network operating conditions, data attributes and application requirements.

AES should also be able to benefit from traditional smart metering capabilities, including remote metering, remote disconnect, diversion detection and other operational efficiencies.

”Itron is pleased to announce the first contract in Latin America for our game-changing OpenWay Riva solution,” said Emerson Souza, the managing director of electricity for Itron Latin America. “This project demonstrates the adaptability of Itron Riva to enable edge intelligence in third-party devices.”

“With revolutionary sensing and communications technology, OpenWay Riva will help visionary utilities like AES Eletropaulo improve operations and better manage energy resources,” added Souza.
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