National Grid, Itron team up on Massachusetts smart grid rollout

The two companies will collaborate to field test the multi-application capabilities of the new Itron-Cisco IPv6 based smart grid solution, including advanced metering, home area networking and distribution automation

Liberty Lake, Wash. and Westborough, Mass., February 15, 2012 — Itron, Inc. and National Grid announced they are collaborating on a project to build and evaluate an advanced smart grid in Massachusetts using standards-based network technology.

The two companies will collaborate to field test the multi-application capabilities of the new Itron-Cisco IPv6 based smart grid solution, including advanced metering, home area networking and distribution automation.

By leveraging the Cisco GridBlocks Architecture, the solution will deliver these applications over a common network infrastructure designed to eliminate the need for proprietary or vendor-specific integration of applications and devices.

As part of the project, Itron and National Grid will thoroughly test system functionality and demonstrate the interoperability advantages of the Itron-Cisco IPv6 based solution by working in concert with third-party HAN and DA devices.

National Grid will use the system to evaluate advanced metering; demand response; time-based pricing; in-home devices and web tools; network monitoring; meter data management and presentment; and advanced analytics.

National Grid's involvement with this technology trial also supports their vision for joining with industry and policy leaders to provide communities and customers the best options for conservation and energy management.

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