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Grid20/20 offers intra-grid sensors through Itron, Landis+Gyr tie-ups

Iain Morris
July 22, 2014
Remote-monitoring specialist Grid20/20 has linked up with smart-grid players Landis+Gyr and Itron to offer more advanced energy-management services to utility companies.

Grid20/20 (Richmond, VA, USA) says the tie-up makes it the only distribution transformer monitor provider globally that is capable of deploying its intra-grid sensors within the Landis+Gyr (Zug, Switzerland) and Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) smart-grid networks.

“We have focused on positioning ourselves to actively address the distribution transformer monitoring opportunities where existing communication networks are already in place,” said Scott Bussing, the vice president of sales for Grid20/20. “Our field-testing has proven to be very encouraging and we now look forward to driving our valuable solution into these legacy AMI [advanced metering infrastructure] markets.”

“Utility customers want to leverage their AMI platform investment,” he added. “They are pulling us into their business as we offer a very unique ‘plug-and-play’ platform enhancement.”

The company says testing at a utility in the US Midwest has already proven its devices can integrate with Landis+Gyr technology, allowing Grid20/20 to offer intra-grid sensor capability for more than six million distribution transformers at utilities using Landis+Gyr systems.

Meanwhile, testing of compatibility with Itron’s technology has been carried out at several utilities in the western and southern US.

Integration with Itron gives Grid20/20 the opportunity to serve another four million transformers thanks to Itron’s partnerships with various utilities.

“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 successfully integrated with both Itron and Landis+Gyr communications networks,” said Alan Snook, Grid20/20’s president. “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.”

Grid20/20 says its technology is designed to provide advanced grid intelligence to utilities, supporting services like asset management, preventive maintenance and demand response assistance.

The company says the “heart of the grid” network segment – which comprises 2.2 million line miles and 50 million distribution transformers in the US alone – is the most vulnerable section of the distribution space and currently the least monitored.
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