Itron hedges smart grid network bets with two new partnerships

Itron, which just shipped its 30 millionth module for automated metering/advance metering infrastructure, has inked two new alliances that are intended to give it even more options when it comes to collecting and communicating data.A new arrangement with SmartSynch will now enable utility companies to use Itron's OpenWay smart grid platform over public wireless networks, including general packet radio service (GPRS).

Itron, which just shipped its 30 millionth module for automated metering/advance metering infrastructure, has inked two new alliances that are intended to give it even more options when it comes to collecting and communicating data.

  • A new arrangement with SmartSynch will now enable utility companies to use Itron's OpenWay smart grid platform over public wireless networks, including general packet radio service (GPRS). The idea is to extend coverage into areas where dedicated smart grid LANs have not yet been deployed.
  • On the flip side, Itron has also announced that it is teaming up with Tropos Networks, which is pitching the security aspects of its smart grid networking technology. This deal will let Itron work with utilities to extend smart grid deployments into privately owned broadband networks.

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