Itron teams up with Bsquare to advance distributed intelligence

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Itron has partnered with Bsquare, a supplier of Internet of Things (IoT) software and integration services, to advance distributed intelligence by providing a secure OpenWay Riva App Community for edge devices, including meters, sensors and other devices.

Itron will use Bsquare’s DataV IoT software stack to enable easy app downloads and management for Itron’s OpenWay Riva network devices.

Itron’s OpenWay Riva solution provides distributed intelligence and computing power in meters and grid devices, enabling real-time analysis of data and peer-to-peer communication among intelligent devices at the edge of the network.

Bsquare DataV provides a software distribution layer embedded within the OpenWay Riva network that allows utilities to dynamically and securely download apps to targeted populations of meters, easily enabling new functionality and capabilities.

The ability for utilities to securely distribute apps to meters and grid devices can add a wide range of functionality over time, thereby adding value to fixed capital assets. Examples of applications that can be dynamically added to devices include advanced theft detection, high impedance detection, load disaggregation, locational awareness, active demand response and many others.

In addition, third party developers can also provide their applications to the OpenWay Riva App Community. Bsquare DataV provides Itron’s app community with the ability to efficiently manage and monitor the status of millions of remote devices.

“Itron’s OpenWay Riva solution puts intelligence into devices across a utility’s service territory and provides dynamic and powerful new methods of improving grid reliability, reducing operating costs and enhancing revenue opportunities,” said Mark de Vere White, president of Itron’s Electricity business line.

“With the interest from third parties, including utilities, we expect hundreds of apps available over time. These app community capabilities make it easier for our customers to access apps and deliver and manage them over the OpenWay Riva network. It’s just like having a highly secure smart phone and app store available for every OpenWay Riva device.”

Dave Wagstaff, Bsquare CTO, said, “For DataV, the ability to securely and reliably manage the distribution of software apps to tens of millions of meters—and do it in such a way that core revenue generating functions cannot be impaired—was a snap. As important, DataV is able to deliver these capabilities even over networks that are extremely constrained from a bandwidth perspective.”

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