2019 Forecasting Conferences – Register Today!

The 17th annual Energy Forecasting/EFG Meeting and Training will be hosted in Boston, Massachusetts on April 3-5 with optional one-day training workshops on April 2. Forecasters continue to say that there is no greater value than meeting with your peers—and Itron understands the importance of these interactions. This meeting is an excellent forum to exchange ideas and hear about modeling concepts, data development, efficiency trends and related issues from industry speakers. Your participation is invaluable. Submit an abstract and make a presentation! Check out the current agenda, who has already registered or register today at http://www.cvent.com/d/pbq67d.

In addition, the ISO/RTO/TSO Forecasting Summit will gather in Denver, Colorado on May 7-9. The summit provides a forum that brings energy forecasters together to address the unique forecasting challenges faced by independent system operators around the world. Over the past 12 years, summit discussions have ranged from sub-hourly forecasting models and techniques that support generation scheduling and dispatching to long-term forecasting supporting capacity planning. Participation and attendance in this event are limited to ISO/RTO/TSO representatives. Register at http://www.cvent.com/d/w6qnbj.

Don’t miss out on these important networking opportunities where attendees will discuss real world issues and practical solutions. We look forward to seeing you.


Itron Recognized as a Leader for the Sixth Time in 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meter Data Management Products

Itron is excited to announce we have been named a Leader in Gartner Inc.’s Magic Quadrant for Meter Data Management Products [1] for the sixth consecutive year, for our Meter Data Management (MDM) solution.

IEE MDM provides consistent and meaningful data to 91 utilities. As the leading and most widely deployed Meter Data Management system in the world, we feel our solution was recognized for its high level of satisfaction with users and functional readiness for numerous types of utilities.

IEE MDM is an industry leading MDM solution and is a highly scalable enterprise application to centralize the collection, processing, storage and analysis of meter and utility data. As a leading provider of solutions for utility metering, Itron leverages a managed services model for data collection and delivery of decision support insights in an on-premise and a cloud deployment model with IEE MDM. We have continued to invest in this important and impactful solution that enables utilities to derive key operational value through outcomes such as:

  • Voltage analysis;
  • Transformer load management;
  • Revenue assurance;
  • Outage detection; and
  • Grid reliability analysis.

The 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meter Data Management Products stated: “The market considered for this Magic Quadrant consists of utilities seeking products for managing metered consumption data. Metered data managed in these products can be used across the enterprise and shared with customers, partners, market operators and regulators.” The report defined MDM products as “IT components of the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). These products are responsible for cleansing, calculating, providing data persistency, and disseminating consumption and event data obtained from meters installed on delivery points.”

To read the press release, click here.

Click here to download a complimentary copy of the full report.

[1] Authored by Zarko Sumic, et al., published on 17 December 2018. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


Itron and Blockchain at CES 2019

Itron was among a number of companies highlighting blockchain technology and applications at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019. A blockchain-based electric vehicle (EV) charging demo was one of several Itron Idea Labs projects highlighted at last week's massive show, held annually in Las Vegas. The dynamic Itron demo showcased how solar, EV charging and grid-sourced energy flows can be tracked and recorded in real time at the grid edge using a distributed ledger. Itron edge devices validated energy flows and communicated via a wide area network (WAN) to distributed ledger nodes, the cloud and mobile devices. The entire energy grid ecosystem — utilities, regulators, distributed renewable energy sources (DRSOs), industrial customers, consumers and other stakeholders — will benefit from the Itron platform by having access to timely, transparent, immutable and trusted data.

Bringing blockchain center stage, the winner of the CES 2019 Innovation Award in the smart cities category was ZOME Energy Network's ZOMEKit. A multi-dwelling unit (MDU) conversion solution, ZOMEKit, which includes integrated blockchain support, transforms older buildings into energy-efficient smart buildings. Of the 4,500 exhibitors at CES 2019, roughly three dozen companies — both startups and multinationals — presented blockchain solutions, including Devvio, Engie, Gluon Solutions, IBM, IoTex, NeuroChain, TransChain and Trillium.

In addition, during a CES panel discussion, the City of Las Vegas announced that it would “flirt” with blockchain-powered mobility, smart lighting and environmental solutions this year.

While a potential game-changer, blockchain is still in its infancy. Owing to stability, complexity, scalability, confidentiality, speed of execution, energy consumption, economic, and standards and regulatory questions, it will likely be three to five years before blockchain moves from its current “flirting” stage to courtship and beyond.


Drones, Robots and More – Oh My

My first visit to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) left my head spinning – figuratively and literally. To begin with, I was intrigued by the mass of humanity – from all corners of the globe – swarming from exhibit to exhibit. I was fascinated and enthralled by tiny drones buzzing around like bees, a squad of robots dancing to Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and a mammoth paneled screen that brings ocean waves crashing over your head. But what really left me dazed – literally – was a turn in the flight simulator for the monstrous six-propellered Bell drone on display.

I had the opportunity to walk through the Central Exhibit Hall with another Itron colleague. We spotted a camera Itron deployed for “follow me lighting” in Copenhagen – perched atop the Intel smart traffic display. We gazed at a Snapdragon in the Qualcomm booth – a version of the one Itron uses for the IoT Edge Router. And then we wandered over to the giant Bell drone. Naturally, with some experience as a pilot, my colleague wanted to strap in and experience flying the machine. With no prior virtual reality exposure, I naively went along.

Six minutes and three simulations later, I had managed to spin in circles, fly through the Trump Tower and crash into the pavement on the landing strip – three times. I expect that my shouts and gasps were great entertainment for the long line of folks waiting to fly. Despite the shaky legs and head fog that stayed with me for hours afterward, I was sufficiently cognizant to observe, over and over, that many applications showcased on the floor reflected ideas and opportunities also being explored at Itron.

My visit to the exhibit hall was only five hours long, since I spent a lot of the week riding up and down the elevator and answering the door at the Itron suite where we were demonstrating mixed reality for the Industrial Internet of Things. Having folks in the elevator say “Oh, Itron is here” and having complete strangers knock on the suite door asking to view our Digital Twin exhibit served as validation that the technologies we’re exploring and the services we’re offering garner interest from folks all over the world.


Sensory Overload: CES 2019

As my first CES event, sensory overload might be a good way to describe my initial visit to the showroom floor. I suppose because I've spent my entire career developing products and solutions for the enterprise business, I've never really understood the consumer market. Everything at CES 2018 is somewhat familiar or a creative concept, but I don't feel like I have enough context or framework to quickly process what is cool and interesting at this type of show, and what is just noise.

After some time today though, I was able to take time and enjoy a number of exhibits; in particular, in the area of robotics and artificial intelligence. While there were only a few "AI" companies represented, it's clear that the entire robotics industry has been adapting some form of intelligence over time. Growing up in the Midwest, I particularly enjoyed seeing companies like John Deere representing the intelligence they are putting into the agricultural industry. Robots are taking on all sorts of jobs and intelligence in certain ways, from helping assist the disabled to going places humans can't safely go to being fun toys for kids of all ages.

I think the lines are blurring on what we call a "robot". For example, seeing Lyft and Uber giving rides to CES participants to the exhibition when the driver is not actually driving, but instead, recording ML training data tags for the performance of the automation system of the self-driving car. The amount of internal and external sensor data that is being processed and making decisions in real-time is very impressive. Commercial and industrial solutions that have a similar focus of not just recording sensor data, but focusing on accurate interpretation, analysis, and decisions will clearly have the leg up on the competition in years to come.


Stranger Things at CES 2019

It is never boring at CES, from a technologies and products point of view. This year, I thought I would pay attention to strange things rather than specific trends. A clarification first. By strange, I don’t mean bad, but something I would never think of. There were plenty of strange things in very successful products. Think for example about the first time Bell tried to sell their phone service, “Mrs. Jones, with this product you can talk to Mr. Smith across town” to which she replied, “Why would I want to talk to Mr. Smith?”

The first stop was Eureka Park at the Venetian, where 1,200 startups from all over the world exhibited their best ideas. A rocking bed, which moves left and right while you lay down, seemed to be appreciated by the gentleman who tried it. A voice-activated coffee machine that would brew a coffee when you said “Yo, make me a coffee!” A robot that carries your beer and snacks to the couch (I need that!). Monitors shaped like windows that change what you see “outside.” A cocktail maker that always makes you the perfect drink. A robot that claps because everyone likes clapping.

Moving to the Las Vegas Convention Center where big companies exhibit, I saw two people in the Qualcomm booth sitting in front of each other and typing on a phone without looking up, presumably playing a game. At the Panasonic booth, next to its competitors LG, Samsung and other TV manufacturers, not a single TV was displayed, but a variety of cool product concepts. Finally, a full-size Bell helicopter with six drone-like propellers that looked like a spaceship.

The question is: which of these products are going to be successful? I am sure everyone will have his or her opinion!


A Consumer’s Perspective – Residential Solar with an Electric Vehicle

Recently, I wrote a blog on residential solar. In it, I mentioned that I needed at least a 6 kW system, but I installed a 7.25 kW system with 25 panels because I was considering adding an electric vehicle (EV) in the future. At the end of 2017, I leased a Honda Clarity EV.

My existing Honda Pilot will probably last forever, but it’s a gas guzzler and started to show its age, so I started looking at EVs in early 2017. I test drove quite a few makes and models and was not impressed. They were small, some were odd shaped and had little leg room (and I’m short). Most could not accommodate anyone comfortably in the back seat or be useful for a trip to Costco or Home Depot, but the lease deals were so enticing that I kept looking.

Near the end of 2017, Honda announced that it was adding the Clarity to its mix of vehicles with an impressive lease deal. The only problems were that there were no vehicles available and no one knew if and when they would get any. Who designed this program? The hybrid version was the only one available to test and I loved it. It was the complete opposite of the other cars that I had tested previously. It was spacious in the front, back seat and trunk, plus it looked and felt like a regular car. I added my name to the long wait list and crossed my fingers that I would get a call before the end of the year when the deal expired.

As a late Christmas surprise, the phone rang after dinner on Dec. 26. Three cars had just come in and I was lucky enough to snag one of them. I drove a pretty much untested, sight unseen car off the truck and back home and parked in the driveway by 9:30 p.m. Isn’t she beautiful?

The 2018 Honda Clarity EV has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 25.5 kWh and output of 120 kW. The range is estimated to be 90 miles on a full charge. It came with a level 1 charger that you can plug into any household outlet (120 volts), but a full charge takes about 19 hours. A level 2 charger (240 volts) takes as little as 3 to 4 hours.

Below is a graph of my energy consumption with the new edition. A Wednesday profile on Dec. 13 shown in blue and the Wednesday profile after adding the EV shown in red, plugging in around 5 p.m. Not much of a jump, but a steady bump up through the morning until I leave around 7 a.m. I have never looked closely at my daily profiles before, and the spikes between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. turn out to be when I cook dinner with an electric cooktop and oven, and you can see how my son lives. The other little spikes between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on the Dec. 27 and 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 are when my son cooked himself a late night snack.

I have a short work commute, so even though the level 1 charger takes a long time, it worked for me. I could get away with charging once every two days. Having an EV takes a little more thought on where you are going and when you can go due to the limited 90 miles on a full charge.

For the first few months, I stayed in Tier 1 rates with my solar and electricity use, but the weather was still cool. There were two big palm trees in the front of my house that were shading some of the front panels, so in March 2018, before the top production months started, those were removed. I wouldn’t say there was a dramatic difference in production, but I suppose that it must have made some difference. Below is a graph of my kW solar production in 2017 vs. 2018.

While slow charging my EV was doable, adding a level 2 charger would relieve some unnecessary stress. A full charge could be done in 3 to 4 hours vs 19 hours. It had to be done. I still can’t jet off to Las Vegas with my driving range, but at least I can go downtown on the spur of the moment without having to worry whether I will make there and back. A level 2 charger brought a bigger jump in energy usage, but for a much shorter time. Below is a graph of a day doing a full EV charge vs a day of no charging. The increase from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. is keeping my house at a frozen tundra temperature using the air conditioning.

July and August were particularly hot months in 2018. Since someone was at home the all day every day, it pushed my usage into Tier 2 for about a week. Maybe I should have taken vacations, added a few more panels or tried washing them down. The pictures below are from my weekly Energy Use reports from SDG&E at the end of July and August. On average, it costs about $6 for a full charge while on Tier 1 rates and about $12 on Tier 2.

Below are the July and August bill charges. Dipping into Tier 2 cost an extra $118.


Federal tax credits are available for purchasing an EV up to $7,500 depending on the car and in which state you reside. When you lease a car, the federal credit goes to the owner of the car, which in my case is Honda. The Clarity is a bit of an exception, as Honda is not currently allowing people to buy the EV version, and they are basically passing the savings through to the consumer with an extremely low down payment.

In California, a $2,500 Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) tax credit is available through the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). SDG&E offered an Electric Vehicle Climate Credit (EVCC) of $500 as credit on your electric bill. I can apply for that credit every year through 2020. Plus, through the Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) program administered by the California Department of Motor Vehicles in partnership with the California Air Resources Board, an EV qualifies for a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) or carpool sticker for only $22.

For me, an EV makes perfect sense. I am well under the 10,000 miles allowed per year. My down payment was $1,425, including my first month payment. My monthly lease payment is $215 and insurance is an additional $90 per month. I used to spend in excess of $250 a month on gas. No oil changes are needed with an EV and there are no services due with my EV until 30,000 miles, which is when I return the car. I’m only on the hook for a few tire rotations. With the state rebate of $2,500 and the annual $500 EVCC credit on my electric bill, it’s like driving a free car. My tune up was $48 in 2017 and $258 in 2018. If I can stay out of Tier 2 during the summer months, saving the $118, that would be awesome. It’s been a great experience so far and with free charging stations popping up all over, maybe I’ll end up with a credit at the end of this year.


A Brighter Future for a Nepali Village

In November, representatives and volunteers from Itron had the great opportunity to travel to Nepal to help with the Mohari Project, a project chartered to create a microgrid using six 1kW turbines to provide power to the remote village of Moharigaun. Working alongside members of the community, RIDS-Nepal (Rural Integrated Development Services) and some friends, volunteers were able to use natural resources in the valley in conjunction with a Pico-hydro solution — which generally uses turbines smaller than 10kW, rotated by a running water source, to provide electrical energy in remote locations — to provide a microgrid of electricity to approximately 250 people in the village of Moharigaun. This project is helping to create a new economical way of life, a sustainable source for improved education, better health care and personal hygiene for all residents in the village.

The Mohari Project grew up as an Itron Idea Labs search project to discover a turnkey solution that could be easily replicated in other villages around the globe. Itron Idea Labs has played an enabling role, coordinating with Itron’s Corporate Social Responsibility team and aligning with our mission and vision to create a more resourceful world. Providing education, expertise and donating equipment, such as meters, wiring and other hardware, Itron Idea Labs and partner companies collaborated to pull all the necessary pieces of the Mohari Project together, including grants, hardware and additional funds.

The villagers of Moharigaun worked to make this a co-labor project instead of solely a donation as a testament of their appreciation for the gift from Itron. Each household spent roughly 100 days working on the project, digging trenches for the wiring that would form the network/backbone of the self-contained grid to provide power from the Pico-hydro solution. They also helped build the community center that houses the electronics for the system and provides a gathering place for this community to strengthen education and economic opportunities for the future. Operators were trained from Moharigaun and nearby villages to ensure self-sustaining maintenance and use of the system and the community center.

The people in the village are incredibly grateful and pulled together as a community to ensure the success of the project. With a profound sense of community, decisions are handled by large village meetings. Tasks, such as the need to fell a large tree that was leaning over the community center, had the entire village turning up to help and oversee.

Over Thanksgiving, the hard work culminated in a celebration when everything was wired and power was turned on for the village. You could feel the ecstatic buzz coming from all the houses and hear the children shouting that the lights were on. One family even offered the Itron team a chicken to eat as a gift of appreciation. Currently, the 42 powered homes are using 300W in lighting, with an expected increase now that power from the Pico-hydro solution is available.

One aspect of having power in the village is the potential for increased literacy. Nepal generally reports a literacy rate of 50 percent for men and 25 percent for women. With the Pico-hydro solution, members of the community will have light to work and study in the evenings at home or in the new community center. The community center, sponsored by Itron in partnership with RIDS-Nepal, houses an education hall, shower services for personal hygiene, a kitchen and dining hall for community events, and comfortable and clean housing for foreign researchers and tourists. With these resources, young men and women have opportunities for education that were not possible before.

I’ve been with Itron Idea Labs for a little over two years now, and it was encouraging to be on a project where I could put into practice all that I’ve learned working here and see firsthand the lasting impact our technology has. The trip was an eye-opener for me. I experience how people around the world live, and I learned how much there is to learn from coming together. In short, Nepal is a remarkable country filled with remarkable people. Thanks to the work of RIDS-Nepal, Itron and other partners, the future is bright – literally.


Our Year in Review

At Itron, we are dedicated to creating resourceful communities across the globe with our technology, growing portfolio and community outreach. This year, we continued this mission, working with our customers to ensure their success and helping improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of people around the globe. Here’s a look at 2018.

Integrating New Smart City Technology and Networked Solutions

With the acquisition of Silver Spring Networks in January, we have been integrating Silver Spring’s solutions into our portfolio of innovative technology. By adding Silver Spring’s smart street light offering into our broad portfolio, we are continuing to deliver smart utility, smart city and industrial IoT solutions on an open, standards-based platform.

Demonstrating the excellence of our combined solutions, Itron was named a leader in the Navigant Research Leaderboard on smart street lighting. Itron was the only company in the leader category that does not primarily provide streetlights. According to the report, published in Q3 2018, Itron is “well-positioned to benefit from the growing acceptance among cities of the benefits of using smart street lighting as a platform for smart city applications.”

Launching Smart Meters for Water and Gas

This year, we launched two new smart meters in June. First, we announced our Itron Intelis water meter, which is Itron’s first ultrasonic water metering solution for North America that allows utilities to take advantage of the power of data. The new water meter operates on our OpenWay® Riva and Gen5 networks to securely manage water.

Later in June, we announced the launch of the Itron Intelis gas meter. With embedded intelligence, the meter is designed to increase safety for utility personnel, end customers and communities by enabling safety shutoff at all service points in a timely manner. This meter will also operate on both Itron networks to deliver near real-time data and post-processing analytics.

Enabling Smart Thermostats

 

To enable public power utilities to implement Bring-Your-Own-Thermostat (BYOT) demand response programs at a lower cost, Itron launched its Hands-free BYOT™ solution in June. The solution is cost-effective and requires no system integration. With this solution, utilities can include leading thermostat brands in their program, engage with their members and customers more deeply while providing them with new value and rewards and build out a new load control asset.

Improving Disaster Preparedness

As a result of the many natural disasters in 2018, utilities are beginning to implement technology that can address acts of god in real time. For example, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) signed a seven-year contract renewal with Itron to deploy new Gen5 network hardware and access points to support higher Neighborhood Area Network (NAN) speeds that are up to 24 times faster than previous generations. With this network modernization, FLP will be prepared for future natural disasters.

In the announcement, FLP’s President and CEO Eric Silagy said, “the unprecedented size and scope of Hurricane Irma last September tested every piece of equipment across our 27,000-square-mile service area. That said, we were able to restore service to 1 million customers before the storm even exited our system, and 2 million customers after one full day of restoration. In fact, smart grid technology not only enabled us to avoid more than a half million outages during the storm, it also allowed us to restore service to customers before it was safe for our trucks to roll.”

Connecting, Innovating and Transforming at Itron Utility Week

With more nearly 1,200 attendees, Itron’s signature customer-focused event took place in Scottsdale, Arizona. With thought-provoking keynotes from industry leaders, more than 90 breakout sessions and the introduction of the Itron Experience, the event was an incredible experience. We also announced the launch of the Itron Resourcefulness Report, which analyzed more than 1,000 utility executives plus more than 1,000 consumers.

Due to the great success of our volunteer event at Itron Utility Week in 2017, we kept up the tradition with a trail clean up at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Nearly 50 customers and employees woke up bright and early on Sept. 30 to pick up trash to keep Scottsdale beautiful.

Empowering More Resourceful Students

The importance of STEM education goes hand-in-hand with our resourcefulness mission. In October, we announced the launch of Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World – a new initiative developed to engage and educate middle school students on the relationship between energy and water through the lens of conservation. Through our collaboration with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, this initiative will provide access to digital immersive and educational experiences for middle school students.

Itron is proud of the work we do every day, and we look forward to 2019 and the continued opportunity to make a positive impact on the communities and cities in which we live, work and play.


When Does Humidity Make the Meter Spin?

For anyone that has tried to improve a model by changing the specification, you know it is very much a trial and error process. You create variables (vars), add some vars, replace some vars, and hopefully after it’s all said and done, you end up with a model specification that performs better than its predecessor. Recently, I was working to accomplish this very thing. I was updating the specification of some hourly load forecast models in hopes of improving the in-sample and out-of-sample fit and I came across an interesting finding.

I started with a fairly simple hourly model specification using a neural network. Specifically, the model for each hour had the following functional form where X^t is a linear node containing binary variables and trends and some other calendar vars, and H_1^t and H_2^t are sigmoid nodes containing weather data relevant to each hour:

Initially, my weather term was simply dry-bulb temperature. Then I remembered a brown bag seminar we did last year on modeling humidity effects and considered incorporating humidity into the models.

I decided to swap out hourly dry-bulb temperature for an hourly Temperature Humidity Index (THI) to see how that would impact the fit. I first did a little work to optimize the weight on humidity (which turned out to be another trial and error process). This helped a bit, and using the THI variable improved the in-sample and out-of-sample fit for a fairly wide range of weights.
But what’s interesting is that the improved fit was more pronounced during the afternoon and evening hours. In contrast, the improvement in the late night and early morning hours was negligible. This finding led me to ask myself, “does this make sense?”

Discussions with my compadres led to the conclusion that humidity is a complicated beast. Generally, there is an amount of water vapor in the air, but the amount of water that the air can hold depends on the air temperature. The warmer the air, the more water it can hold. As an example, 80-degree air at 50% humidity has about as much water in it as 60-degree air at 100% humidity. If you are not confused yet, read on.

During the day, the temperature rises and the relative humidity falls. As night comes on, the temperature falls and the relative humidity rises. The amount of water in the air does not change much through this cycle (you can see this from the dewpoint temperature, which usually does not vary much during a day). The point is that during the day, knowing relative humidity brings in some extra information because 80 degrees at 50% humidity feels OK, but 80 degrees with 80% humidity feels sticky. In contrast, at night, 60 degrees at 100% humidity feels fine. It will make the front lawn wet, since temperature has reached the dewpoint, but it is not going to make the air conditioner run. Where I live, the relative humidity is close to 100% on many nights of the year.
So the conclusion seems to be that knowing relative humidity or a related measure like dewpoint temperature is very useful in the daytime hours. But at night, there is less variation and therefore less independent information, and as a result, knowing relative humidity is less useful.

I suppose one could argue a number of other reasons why this was the outcome, but I thought it was interesting and worth sharing. Let me know if you have a different take on these results.

Happy holidays everyone!


Bring Your Smart City Solution to Life with Itron

Itron has invited IoT developers to submit their solutions to the inaugural Itron Smart City Challenge. The Smart City Challenge will bring together leading IoT technology providers to tackle the challenges some of the biggest cities in Europe are facing today.

These challenges have been designed by city leaders with the goal of identifying breakthrough solutions that enhance citizen well-being, while improving operational efficiencies and creating a more resourceful world. There is still time to submit your IoT solution! The deadline to apply is Jan. 4, 2019.

Europe’s premier technology accelerator program for smart city innovators will include the cities of Glasgow and London in its inaugural cohort. We are recruiting technology providers to help solve a key set of business and societal challenges within each community:

  • Glasgow: Improve the experience for residents and visitors during high traffic events
    The City of Glasgow is one of the world’s top sporting cities and a major destination for conferences and concerts. Many thousands of people come to the city on a regular basis to experience its year-round calendar of events. However, this brings significant challenges in getting people safely and conveniently around the city to their location. It also impacts the lives of residents and the local business community in terms of pressures upon the public transport system and connectivity to retail destinations in particular. In order to maintain its position as a top destination and attract even more visitors, Glasgow needs to look innovatively at how best it can manage large scale events and the movements of such large numbers of people and ensure that their experience and that of our resident and business communities is a positive one.
  • London: Enhance safety along the River Thames in central London
    London has opted to focus on improving safety along the River Thames in central London. The City of London would like to find new ways to improve river safety through technology to meet the city’s safety and health priorities. Due to the life-threatening nature of river entries, the city is seeking solutions that accelerate emergency response times and that protect citizens by ensuring the availability of safety equipment when it is needed.

Technology providers will leverage Itron’s open IoT platform and developer tools to prototype new smart city solutions. The winning companies will receive product engineering assistance, marketing and promotional support, and an opportunity to deploy their solution in a real-world environment.

Are you – or is someone you know – ready to step up to challenge? Review additional information and sign up here.


Itron Named a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed M2M Services, Worldwide

Itron recently announced that it has been named a Visionary in Gartner Inc.’s Magic Quadrant for Managed M2M Services, Worldwide for the third time.

The report evaluates the global market for M2M services, which “enables connectivity, compute and decision services that are necessary for connected solutions…Gartner’s coverage of managed M2M services focuses on providers that bundle connectivity, technology and technology services that facilitate key business processes and related outcomes.” The report recognized Itron as a Visionary.

To read the full press release, click here.

To download the Gartner report, go to www.itron.com/m2m.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


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