Itron, the smart grid technology company, has announced a portfolio of five ecosystem architectures which pull together meters, communication technology and software to meet specific business needs. Called Nexergy, it aims to offer utilities a faster and more cost-effective approach to smart grid deployments.
Nexergy consists of customisable solutions to support smart grid implementations, including demand response, revenue protection, renewable energy integration, consumer engagement, load control, etc. The five offerings are:
— Nexergy P2P - direct point-to-point functionality
— Nexergy PLC - an end-to-end PLC offering
— Nexergy P2H – focused on consumer engagement
— Nexergy P2C - advanced metering and telemetry capabilities
— Nexergy SPS - focused on helping utilities protect their revenue.
Remy Brill, Itron vice president and managing director, EMEA Energy, said “We believe we’ve developed the best approach to simplifying smart grid deployments all over Europe, Middle East and Africa.”
Review: You can understand Itron’s motives in trying to simplify the approach of utilities in modernising their systems. The company apparently supports nearly 8,000 utilities in more than 100 countries, no doubt mostly new to smart grids and with their own views on how to approach implementation. It makes sense for a company like Itron to try and encapsulate its experience in the most effective offerings for clients. And, of course, it’s also a way to keep engaged with clients across a range of solutions.
It should help utilities to more quickly and effectively implement smart grids, if they want to use Itron’s ecosystems. The problem is that no one company can really claim all the best solutions, particularly in an evolving market like this. Best-of-breed tends to be the main preference for those venturing into new technology areas and Itron’s competitors (and there are a lot of them) will be eager to offer alternatives.