Itron announced it will deploy its Gen5 network at Brazilian utility, Elektro, a part of the Neoenergia/Iberdrola group.
Under the contract, Itron will replace the utility’s electric 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.
Eletra, in partnership with Itron, 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 said.
The contract also covers professional services and software maintenance.
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 stations, etc.
“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,” Fontana added.