Brazil’s Eletrobras picks Itron for power grid modernization

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Itron will work with Eletrobras, a major Brazilian electric utility and the largest power utility in Latin America, to modernize its electric grid. Eletrobras’ six unit distribution companies will implement Itron’s OpenWay Riva solution — featuring adaptive communications technology and distributed computing power to support new smart grid applications on Cisco’s IPv6 network.

Itron’s solution features its new Itron Riva adaptive communication technology, enabling Eletrobras to deploy a single network that incorporates two communications technologies — radio frequency (RF) and power line carrier (PLC) — working in concert in the same device in real time. The solution dynamically selects the optimal communications path based on network operating conditions, data attributes and application requirements.

In addition, Itron Riva technology provides a unified device-level software platform for new smart grid applications that leverage high-performance communications and distributed computing power on the lower-voltage network.

The solution will be provided as a part of a consortium that includes Itron, Siemens, Telefonica and Telemont, a Cisco partner.

“Eletrobras looks forward to working with Itron, a company that has a reputation for smart grid innovation and extensive knowledge and experience in the utility industry,” said Paulo Lucena, corporate manager for the AMI Project at Eletrobras. “With Itron’s solution, we will be able to address the issues we face with losses and theft in order to improve our operations and recover lost revenues. It will also give us a pathway for future smart grid applications.”

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