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Itron and DTE Energy demonstrate smart city benefits

Iain Morris
October 7, 2014

Smart meter maker Itron has teamed up with Detroit-based utility DTE Energy to show how smart city technologies could help to reduce energy costs and improve quality of life for urban residents.

During a demonstration carried out in Detroit, the two companies have been highlighting the key role that smart technologies could play in managing energy.

Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) has developed an app – Itron Insights – that is intended to provide city leaders with a view on energy costs and CO2 impacts.

Meanwhile, another app called Itron City is aimed at helping users track city-related issues, such as the presence of potholes on the roads.

An app developed by DTE – called DTE Insight – allows customers to manage home energy usage from their smartphones.

The partners have also been showcasing a smart electric vehicle charging station that combines revenue-grade metrology and WiFi technology so that drivers can obtain charging data on their smartphones.

Both companies are also interested in showing how intelligent streetlight technology could help to reduce energy usage and costs.

The charging station and streetlight technologies include measurement, sensing and communications technology from Itron, said the company.

“This type of cutting-edge innovation will help cities and utilities be more efficient while empowering citizens to better manage their energy use,” said Robert Sitkauskas, advanced metering infrastructure program manager at DTE Energy. “At the same time, customer confidentiality will be paramount and information regarding energy consumption will only be shared at customers’ discretion.”

Itron says that smart technologies will lead to a range of improvements in ‘livability’ and ‘workability’ while helping to reduce energy usage expenses.

“Our collaboration with DTE Energy is a great example of how utilities can partner with technology companies like Itron to improve resource management and create smart, sustainable and economically-stable communities of the future,” said Russ Vanos, senior vice president of strategy and corporate development at Itron.
 
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