Thailand's Provincial Electricity Authority chose ALT Telecom Public Co. and Itron to deploy the utility’s first Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) using Itron’s OpenWay Riva solution, including 116,000 OpenWay Riva enabled smart meters.
The solution, which will be deployed in the city of Pattaya, will help PEA transform its operations and improve distribution system efficiency, reliability and safety.
As one of the largest utilities in southeast Asia, PEA provides electricity to more than 18 million customers. This deployment will help meet PEA’s goal to better understand the benefits of AMI and prepare to roll out AMI nationwide.
With the OpenWay Riva solution, PEA will benefit from secure, resilient and multi-application network infrastructure and technology platform that features distributed computing power at every level of the network, including in every electric meter.
This enables real-time analysis of data and secured peer-to-peer communication among meters and intelligent devices within the network to manage rapidly changing electric grid conditions. In addition, the solution’s adaptive communications technology dynamically determines the best network path, including radio frequency, cellular or power line carrier, to optimize communications.
PEA will also use of Itron’s meter data management solution, Itron Enterprise Edition (IEE). The solution will provide consistent, meaningful data to upstream utility applications, easing IT integration of AMI and facilitating the distribution of meter data across the utility.