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Hong Kong's CLP to test Itron's adaptive communications tech

Iain Morris
August 12, 2014
Hong Kong utility CLP Power is to test services from Itron with its smart grid platform and network with a view to improving efficiency and lowering costs at its operations.

Under a new deal, CLP Power will use Itron’s adaptive communications technology, which combines radiofrequency mesh and power-line communications, allowing the “optimal communications path” to be chosen based on network operating conditions and application requirements.

Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) claims that with adaptive communications capabilities, utilities can more easily deploy network infrastructure and reduce the costs involved in doing so.

The technology is also intended to reduce time and effort needed for network design.

Itron says that use of the technology in the Asia-Pacific region could address deployment and network performance challenges presented by dense, urban environments.
Hong Kong obviously includes many high-rise buildings, presenting a number of network connectivity challenges for any smart grid solution.

Besides testing the technology in built-up parts of Hong Kong, CLP Power also plans to try it out in rural villages on the outskirts of the territory.

“We are very pleased to continue working with CLP on their smart metering pilot,” said Simon Pontin, Itron’s chief technology officer. “It gave us valuable insights into the unique challenges of Hong Kong’s extremely dense urban environment.”

“Adaptive communication technology has been designed to overcome these challenges with optimized communication that happens dynamically, intelligently and continuously at all levels of the network for every link, every message and every device,” he added. “Hong Kong is an ideal testing ground for this new technology, and CLP Power continues to be an ideal partner with which to collaborate on next generation technologies.”
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