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Itron provides nationwide smart grid for Jamaica

Steve Rogerson
June 4, 2018
Itron is to provide a nationwide smart grid for Jamaica that will support up to 670,000 electricity meters.
The contract with the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) company is for a nationwide smart grid deployment. JPS, which serves more than 600,000 customers, will extend its existing Itron gen-five network to be able to support up to 670,000 electric meters, which should help the utility improve customer service, drive grid reliability and enable revenue realisation.
This project will build on JPS’s previous deployments with Itron on the island, which included 51,000 electric meters on Itron’s smart grid network deployed in 2016 and 2017, and the rollout of 35,000 smart streetlights in 2017.
Unifying all endpoints on Itron’s network, this deployment will extend the utility’s accurate meter reading and revenue protection and enhance post-storm restorations. The Jamaican utility will manage the system through Itron’s cloud-based SaaS.
“Over the last few years, JPS has been transforming our lighting and electricity services by modernising and connecting our infrastructure,” said Gary Barrow, chief technology officer at JPS. “We are pleased to continue collaborating with Itron in this process. With Itron’s open, standards-based platform, we can ensure efficient delivery of electricity to the island and unify all of our devices on one network.”
Itron provides services that measure, manage and analyse energy and water. Its product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement devices and control technology; communications systems; software; as well as managed and consulting services. The company has thousands of employees supporting nearly 8000 customers in more than 100 countries.
“We are thrilled to continue working with JPS to integrate a real-time smart grid that will enable JPS to empower customers and better manage energy,” said Mark de Vere White, president of Itron’s electricity business line. “In addition to modernising its current infrastructure, these improvements will prepare JPS for the future, allowing new applications to be quickly added to the network.”