Itron smart meters to use Qualcomm chipsets

At DistribuTECH 2013, Itron Inc. announced a collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. on a smart energy platform that uses Qualcomm's Gobi MDM8x15 chipset offered by Qualcomm Technologies. The new Itron smart meters will bring greater choices to utility customers deploying smart metering solutions and strengthen Itron's integrated cellular offerings.

The new platform will combine Itron's OpenWay smart meters with Qualcomm Technologies' Gobi MDM8x15 multi-mode modem and integrated application processor, enabling a streamlined and cost-optimized solution. With support for multiple 3G standards (UMTS/HSPA or CDMA2000), extensibility to 4G-LTE and backwards compatibility with 2G technologies, this solution will have a global footprint.

This will enable emerging smart energy applications that require greater amounts of granular data such as distribution automation, demand response, distributed generation, pre-paid metering, electric vehicle integration and Volt/Var monitoring.

The cellular solution will enable utilities to strategically deploy their smart grid devices regardless of their service territory geography — as a standalone solution, for in-fill coverage gaps or in combination with other access technologies. Cellular allows utilities to strategically and rapidly deploy meters, grid devices and sensors on commercially available cellular IP networks.

DistribuTECH 2013 Conference & Exhibition

See what Itron has brewing in booth No. 2714 and learn about the industry's broadest portfolio of software, communications and measurement technology.

Visit Qualcomm at booth No. 3229 to discover advanced communications and computing technologies for smart energy solutions, including 4G/3G/2G cellular, low resource Wi-Fi and HomePlug Green PHY.

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