Elektro to Utilize Itron and Eletra Technology to Improve Grid
LIBERTY LAKE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 13, 2018--
Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), which is innovating the way utilities and
cities manage energy and water, will deploy its Gen5 network to enable
energy efficiency, increased grid awareness and provide better usage
information for the Brazilian utility, Elektro, part of the
Neoenergia/Iberdrola group. The utility will replace existing
electricity meters with smart meters from Eletra, an Itron authorized
sales partner, and deploy Itron’s network in three cities, including
Atibaia, Nazaré Paulista and Bom Jesus dos Perdões, over the next year.
Elektro is part of Neoenergia group, the second largest distributer of
electric power in Brazil, serving 13.6 million customers.
Eletra is a leading meter provider in Brazil, and through this
collaboration with Itron, Eletra will deploy 40,000 of its Zeus meters
and utilize Itron’s Gen5 network to deliver a comprehensive solution.
This will allow Elektro to improve grid reliability and reduce
commercial losses in three cities in the São Paulo State in Brazil.
Itron will also provide professional services and software maintenance
to ensure reliable, predictable software delivery, operations and
upgrades. With this innovative network modernization, Elektro is
building the foundation to become a Distribution System Operator (DSO),
a company that goes beyond the current Distribution Network Operator
role. On one multi-platform network, Elektro will be equipped to
integrate smart grid solutions such as distribution automation and fault
control indicators (FCIs), in addition to helping cities integrate
innovative solutions like smart lightning, traffic control, EV charging
“With our future-ready network, Elektro will be prepared to implement
smart city applications and technology to unlock benefits to customers,”
said Emerson Souza, vice president of sales for Commercial and Customer
Enablement for Latin America at Itron. “We are excited to collaborate
with Elektro to modernize its electricity infrastructure with our
network and managed services.”
“Combining Eletra’s smart meters and Itron’s network will improve our
infrastructure and service delivery to our customers”, said Heron
Fontana, Smart Grids superintendent for Neoenergia. “Itron’s network is
Wi-SUN compliant and aligned with our digitalization strategy of
implementing open-standards solutions, enabling further opportunities as
distribution automation, streetlights and other applications.”
Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably
deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100
countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters
and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water
resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to
ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the
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