Itron and DTE join for smart city demonstration project

Itron is collaborating with DTE Energy for a smart cities demonstration project in Detroit, featuring smart resource management technologies, which will be exhibited during the Meeting of the Minds conference in Detroit, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

The demonstration will highlight the importance of smart technologies in managing energy at DTE Energy’s headquarters.

The smart cities project supports innovative smart technologies like mobile apps, an educational kiosk, unmanned aerial vehicles, a smart electric vehicle charging station, intelligent streetlights, water leak detection, smart metering technology and analytics.

These apps are expected to empower cities and citizens to manage energy from their smartphones and online. The Itron Insights app provides city leaders with a clear view into energy costs, water revenue and CO2 impacts, while its app empowers citizen-city collaboration through reporting and tracking of city-related issues, such as timely reporting of potholes on the roads.


At the meantime, the DTE Insight app will allow customers to manage home energy usage from their smartphones.

The displayed smart electric vehicle charging station combines revenue-grade metrology and WiFi technology, allowing drivers to obtain charging data on their smartphones.

The intelligent streetlight technology highlights how lighting management functionality can reduce energy usage and costs. Both these technologies feature fixed Itron measurement, sensing and communication technology.

In addition, the demonstration features leak detection technology innovations that reduce water waste.

All these shows how smart grid technology is the foundation for sharing data that gives consumers and governments actionable intelligence to make smarter decisions.

Customer confidentiality will be paramount and information regarding energy consumption will only be shared at customers’ discretion, said, Robert Sitkauskas, advanced metering infrastructure program manager, DTE Energy.

Smart technology is the foundation for smart cities, enabling people to use information and communications to enhance livability, workability and sustainability, said, Russ Vanos, senior vice president, strategy and corporate development, Itron.

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