Itron advances IoT and smart grid innovation with Itron Riva  

Simon Pontin, Itron

Itron has launched Itron Riva, an intelligence platform that supports sensing technologies and dynamic applications at the device level.

The technology builds on Cisco’s open standards IPv6 network and IOx fog computing platform. It delivers distributed computing power, control and analytics for automated decision-making at the edge of the network.

Itron Riva is also supported by Cisco IPv6 multi-application smart grid reference architecture, which was jointly developed with Itron. It provides true plug-and-play wireless and wired communication infrastructure for the IoT.

By bringing intelligence to field devices, Itron is helping create a breakthrough sensing ecosystem to enable growth in global markets ranging from smart grid to the Internet of Things (IoT), the company said.

The platform also comes with easy integration capabilities with third party devices, creating numerous possibilities for realizing the promise of the IoT to empower smarter utilities and smarter cities worldwide, the company said.

With Itron Riva and IOx, custom applications are supported at the device and field area levels, allowing for greater insight into the network through distributed computing, Itron said.

The technology offers adaptive communications, which dynamically determines the best network path, including RF or PLC to optimize communications.

Since the platform embeds an operating system and processor into field devices and sensors, it enables real-time decision-making at the device level. In effect, this will help reduce network traffic, ease the burden of transmitting high volumes of data back to the utility for analysis and minimizes human intervention to perform tasks that can now be automated.

Simon Pontin, Itron

“From utilities to smart cities and far beyond, Itron Riva harnesses the power of edge intelligence while taking advantage of the plug and play capabilities of Cisco’s open ecosystem, making every system more resourceful than ever before,” said Simon Pontin, Itron’s chief technology officer.

“As a leading energy and water partner, we are excited to see Itron launch this edge intelligence platform, which builds on our IOx fog computing platform,” said Kip Compton, vice president, Internet of Things (IoT) Systems & Software Group at Cisco.

“The connectivity of the IoT means more data, gathered from more places, with more ways to increase efficiency and improve safety and security. We are proud to work with companies like Itron to create an ecosystem addressing today’s biggest IoT challenges,” Compton added.

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