Itron "bridge" meter lets utilities mix-and-match new and old meters
By: SGN Staff
Quick Take: Utilities with an investment in old-school AMR meters now have a new solution for gradually merging those legacy units into a full-scale AMI system. As the name implies, Itron's new CENTRON Bridge Meter is a transitional strategy that bridges the two worlds. - Jesse Berst
The Bridge Meter, expected to be available in February, is adaptable enough to be incorporated with existing Itron electric meters via a mobile collection system that provides advanced metering benefits gained from interval data, remote service switch operations and demand reset capabilities.
Then, when the utility is ready "...the Bridge Meter can easily migrate from Itron's mobile collection system to its OpenWay smart grid solution that is compatible with Itron and Cisco's IPv6 communication network, offering demand response and distribution automation benefits," according to an Itron news release.
As Mark de Vere White, senior VP for the company's North American Energy Group, put it "It is perfect for utilities that require advanced metering functionality in a mobile environment today, with complete support for full smart grid functionality in the future."
Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid News.com, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.
Itronâ€™s New Bridge Meter Streamlines Migration from Automated Metering to Smart Grid
LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. â€” Jan. 22, 2013 â€” Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today that it has released the CENTRON Bridge Meter, a revolutionary new step in electricity metering that bridges Itron communication architectures to enable seamless migration from automated meter reading (AMR) to smart grid communications. The meter will be commercially available in February 2013.
The meterâ€™s adaptability allows it to be incorporated alongside existing Itron electric meters with a mobile collection system, delivering advanced metering benefits associated with interval data, remote service switch operations and demand reset capabilities. When a utility is ready, the Bridge Meter can easily migrate from Itronâ€™s mobile collection system to its OpenWayÂ® smart grid solution that is compatible with Itron and Ciscoâ€™s IPv6 communication network, offering demand response and distribution automation benefits.
â€œItron designed the CENTRON Bridge Meter to meet our customersâ€™ needs. It is perfect for utilities that require advanced metering functionality in a mobile environment today, with complete support for full smart grid functionality in the future,â€ said Mark de Vere White, senior vice president of Itronâ€™s Energy Group in North America.
The Bridge Meterâ€™s versatility and proven operational benefits enable utilities to address current business challenges while preparing for a full smart grid solution as the need develops. With the Bridge Meterâ€™s ability to leverage field assets across two different data collection solutions, a utility can protect and extend its original investment.
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