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Itron MDM upgrade illustrates a "modular" approach to smart grid analytics

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By Jesse Berst

 

Quick Take: "Big data" and analytics are in full swing. Virtually every utility with AMI is now studying how to pull insights from the data that is pouring in. The early pioneers custom built every solution, typically with help from consultants.

 

Today, though, more and more utilities want to start with pre-packaged solutions supplied the vendors. If you glance through the release on page 2 describing a major upgrade to Itron's meter data management system, you'll notice that the product ships with pre-built analytics "modules." When shopping for analytics solutions today, one of the most important questions to ask is "how many pre-defined modules are included?"

 

“Itron is taking the advancement of MDM and analytics to the next level by enabling utilities to quickly and easily create actionable intelligence from smart metering data,” said Mark de Vere White, president, electricity at Itron. “With this enterprise platform, utilities can derive greater value from their smart distribution investments.”

 

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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.

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Itron Advances Meter Data Management Capabilities,

Supports Big Data for Smart Metering

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LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. — March 28, 2013 — Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today a new release of Itron Enterprise Edition (IEE), Itron’s industry-leading, enterprise-wide data management solution for smart metering. The new release features streamlined, high-volume processing capabilities and a significantly reduced data storage footprint, which lowers the total cost of ownership of meter data management (MDM) for electricity, gas and water utilities of all sizes. This release further improves Itron’s mature MDM competencies, simplifying and speeding deployment.

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IEE is pre-integrated with Itron Analytics solutions so that utilities can easily add Itron Analytics modules, such as energy diversion and transformer load management, enabling the creation of actionable intelligence from smart metering data. The new version of IEE supports Microsoft’s SQL Server 2012 database and Oracle 11g platforms. It also includes Itron’s SAP Meter Data Unification System (MDUS) module, which is compatible with SAP Enhancement Pack 6. Seamlessly upgradable, the 8.1 release supports all previous releases of IEE MDM.

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“Itron is taking the advancement of MDM and analytics to the next level by enabling utilities to quickly and easily create actionable intelligence from smart metering data,” said Mark de Vere White, president, electricity at Itron. “With this enterprise platform, utilities can derive greater value from their smart distribution investments.”

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“By releasing IEE 8.1 on SQL Server 2012, Itron is providing utilities with a modern data platform with built-in mission critical capabilities, unparalleled security, breakthrough and predictable performance and scalability ready to meet the most demanding utility big data requirements,” said Jon Arnold, managing director, Worldwide Power & Utilities Industry at Microsoft.

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About Itron
Itron is a global technology company. We build solutions that help utilities measure, manage and analyze energy and water. Our broad product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement and control technology; communications systems; software; and professional services. With thousands of employees supporting nearly 8,000 utilities in more than 100 countries, Itron empowers utilities to responsibly and efficiently manage energy and water resources. Join us in creating a more resourceful world; start here: www.itron.com.

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