Itron wins contract to upgrade local Swedish smart grid and meters
US-based industrial networking company Itron has signed with local electricity provider Borås Elnät in Sweden to swap-in 46,000 smart electric meters and layer-in sensors and analytics across its grid infrastructure.
Borås Elnät operates in the city of Borås in Västra Götaland County, in Sweden. Itron will handle project management and implementation for the industrial IoT project, it said. The upgrade will give it closer sight of the workings of its electricity distribution network, with access to near real-time data on energy use and grid operations.
It will be able to detect unusual grid conditions, and send alarms to customers and utility crews in the case of faults and outages. The new interactivity between grid operations and ned-user consumption will set the foundation for future smart city and energy efficiency initiatives.
The utility will be better-prepped to handle new smart city applications around dynamic and remote controlled streetlights, smart parking, and traffic management. The new smart meters will encourage customers to use energy more efficiently, said Itron.
Richard Bern, chief executive at Borås Elnät, said: “We are committed to providing a stable, well-functioning electricity and communications network for our customers. We selected Itron because its solution will be the most beneficial to our evaluation criteria, which included quality, price and advanced value-added functions of the solution.”
Sharelynn Moore, senior vice president of networked solutions at Itron, commented: “Our solution will equip Borås Elnät to meet new regulatory demands and modernize its electric infrastructure. With Itron’s multi-application network and smart devices, Borås Elnät will be able to realize its energy efficiency and customer service goals today while preparing for the future.”