Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Itron and Waison partner on smart meter technology

Steve Rogerson
February 2, 2017
Washington-based energy technology company Itron has formed a partnership with Wasion Group, an energy measurement instrument, systems and services supplier in China, to develop and deliver OpenWay Riva-enabled electricity meters.
Itron’s OpenWay Riva provides distributed intelligence and computing power in meters and grid devices, enabling real-time analysis of data and peer-to-peer communications among intelligent devices at the edge of the network. Its adaptive communications technology delivers communications with assured connectivity using one unified network and communications system.
The standards-based, secure network can readily accept new devices from a growing ecosystem of third-party technologies, now including the OpenWay Riva-enabled Wasion meter.
With OpenWay Riva technology embedded in Wasion electricity meters, utilities will have another choice of metering platform to enable differentiated capabilities and value for their smart metering projects. These capabilities are said to include high-performance communications with assured connectivity in all types of services environments as well as data processing power in edge devices to provide grid awareness that extends to every service delivery point.
These capabilities enable OpenWay Riva-equipped meters to deliver applications that provide improvements in grid reliability, efficiency and safety, as well as a platform to deliver new services to customers. 
“With this collaboration, Itron is expanding the OpenWay Riva ecosystem by providing a range of new metering options for our customers throughout the world,” said Jeff Carkhuff, vice president of global marketing for electricity at Itron. “This collaboration further validates the value and flexibility of OpenWay Riva, which allows meter manufacturers, technology partners and service providers to join the ecosystem and bring to market IoT solutions for utilities and smart cities. By taking a platform and ecosystem approach to OpenWay Riva, we’re able to expand the business case benefits to our utility customers substantially over the life of their systems.”
Wasion Group supplies high-end measurement products in China and provides metering technology to utilities throughout the world. The group claims to be the only domestic professional manufacturer that supplies various advanced energy measurement products, systems and services, and covers energy production and transmission and distribution demands.
“By participating in Itron’s OpenWay Riva ecosystem, Wasion Group has access to game-changing technology that makes our electric meters even smarter,” said Zheng Xiao Ping, president of Wasion Group. “And our collaboration with Itron will expand our already growing market presence to areas around the world. We are glad to join forces with Itron, a world-leader that delivers technology and services, to limit waste and empower the resourceful use of energy and water.”