Western Power to deploy IoT network solution

Thursday, 15 August, 2019

Western Power to deploy IoT network solution

Western Power will deploy network technology from solutions provider Itron to modernise its electricity delivery and metering services. The technology will connect nearly 240,000 electricity meters to improve efficiency, reliability and customer service.

The networking solution provided by Itron will give Western Power enhanced visibility into the operation of its electricity distribution network, which will enable automated data collection, remote services and the ability to proactively monitor faults and outages. The solution will also improve the management of distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar systems and battery storage.

“Western Power is committed to delivering on the changing energy needs of our customers,” said Jacqui Hall, Western Power’s acting Chief Financial Officer.

“With Itron’s IoT network as the foundation, we will be better placed to deploy advanced meters on our grid, to improve safety performance, reliability and operating efficiency. Advanced metering infrastructure is also one of the keys that will help unlock energy options and innovations for our customers such as renewables, community batteries and microgrids.”

Itron enables utilities and cities to deliver critical infrastructure services to communities. The company’s smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors are designed to help customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources.

“Our proven solution complies with Australia’s regulatory standards and is designed to cost-effectively improve operational efficiency for the utility’s central metropolitan area and major regional towns,” said Paul Nelsen, Vice President of Sales (APAC) at Itron.

“With Itron’s multi-application network and smart devices, Western Power will be able to realise its energy efficiency and customer service goals today while preparing for the future.”

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