Itron partners with China’s Waison Group to offer IoT solutions to utilities and smart cities

Written By: Stratton Report
January 18, 2017

On January 18, Itron, Inc. announced today that it had partnered with Wasion Group, a leading energy measurement instrument, system and service supplier in China, to expand Itron’s OpenWay Riva ecosystem. According to Itron, the two companies will develop and deliver OpenWay Riva-enabled Wasion electricity meters to expand customer choice and capabilities in markets throughout the world.

Itron stressed that its OpenWay Riva IoT solution provides distributed intelligence and computing power in meters and grid devices, enabling real-time analysis of data and peer-to-peer communication among intelligent devices at the edge of the network. Per the firm, the network can readily accept new devices from a growing ecosystem of third-party technologies, now including the OpenWay Riva-enabled Wasion meter.

Jeff Carkhuff, vice president of global solutions marketing for electricity at Itron, remarked: “With this collaboration, Itron is expanding the OpenWay Riva ecosystem by providing a range of new metering options for our customers throughout the world. This collaboration further validates the value and flexibility of our OpenWay Riva solution, which allows meter manufacturers, technology partners, and service providers to join the ecosystem and bring to market IoT solutions for utilities and smart cities. By taking a platform and ecosystem approach to our OpenWay Riva solution, we’re able to expand the business case benefits to our utility customers substantially over the life of their systems.”

Zheng Xiao Ping, president of Wasion Group commented:

“By participating in Itron’s OpenWay Riva ecosystem, Wasion Group has access to game-changing technology that makes our electric meters even smarter. And our collaboration with Itron will expand our already growing market presence to areas around the world. We are glad to join forces with Itron, a world-leader that delivers technology and services, to limit waste and empower the resourceful use of energy and water.”