The platform, based on open industry standards, enable “plug and play” interoperability of smart grid applications and devices, as well as freedom from vendor-specific, proprietary integration requirements. BC Hydro is the first to deploy the IPv6 smart grid architecture in their Smart Metering Program.
Itron President and Chief Operating Officer of Energy, Philip Mezey, says, “Together, Itron and Cisco are setting the stage for the industry. We are transforming the traditional purpose-built, meter-centric AMI solution into an enterprise-class architecture featuring robust network management, standardized security and quality of service. It is with this technology that we are able to build the smartest grids in the world.”
Laura Ipsen, Senior Vice President and general manager for Cisco Connected Energy Networks, notess: “Working together, Cisco and Itron have developed a transformative platform that will enable utilities to more effectively and efficiently modernize their energy infrastructures. Cisco’s architectural approach to smart grid transformation, enabled by industry alliances like the one between Cisco and Itron, can help utilities achieve long-term, strategic objectives while reducing operational expenses.”
Itron says the ability to “plug and play” smart grid applications and devices will give B.C. Hydro a future-proof, flexible solution.
Gary Murphy, BC Hydro’s chief project officer for the Smart Metering Program, adds: “The Smart Metering Program will help keep rates in British Columbia low by delivering $1.6 billion in savings to our customers over the 20 years. The Itron-Cisco partnership was a real game changer. The ability to leverage our infrastructure with Itron’s smart grid solution and Cisco’s Connected Grid networking and security capabilities is a great stepping stone into smart grid. We will be able to leverage it for years to come.”