Jeff Carkhuff, Landis+Gyr’s vice president of Product Management, says, “These projects represent an important extension of our development effort to build the products our utility customers are seeking. The projects also support the companies’ commitment to giving utilities technology options with the best performance and cost effectiveness for each application.”
According to Itron, the two companies are developing integrated communications, providing compatibility with Landis+Gyr Gridstream and Itron OpenWay systems. “One project involves Landis+Gyr building a Gridstream RF communications module for Itron’s CENTRON II meter, which provides the same meter functionality available on the Itron OpenWay platform. The other project involves Itron integrating its OpenWay communications module into the Landis+Gyr FOCUS AX-SD meter, delivering on the promise of an open and interoperable solution, while also providing utilities with a second meter source for the OpenWay architecture.”
The companies expect to announce the Gridstream RF communications module’s availability before the end of this year. The OpenWay-enabled FOCUS meter is scheduled for commercial release in the third quarter of this year.
Russ Vanos, Itron North America’s vice president and general manager sales and marketing, explains, “Our customers have asked for multi-vendor systems. Working on these projects with Landis+Gyr demonstrates our dedication to offering best-of-breed solutions. By enabling system interoperability, we can help utilities of all sizes reduce both implementation and ongoing communications costs, as well as improve efficiencies and accelerate return on investment.”
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