Itron’s distributed intelligence applications, delivered in conjunction with our industrial IoT network, enable new and innovative approaches to solving critical challenges facing the world’s power grids and transforming utility consumer engagement. Distributed intelligence applications provide significant improvements to outage detection and analysis, distribution connectivity modeling, fault detection, theft detection, transformer load management, renewables integration, EV integration and multiple innovative consumer services.

We were recently recognized in a Gartner report, Emerging Technologies: Top Edge AI Use Cases for Asset and Operational Intelligence (login required to view). This edge AI case-based research revealed emerging use cases in asset and operational intelligence. Across industries, edge AI is used to deliver cost savings and operational control.

Key findings of the report include:

  • “Organizations are implementing asset intelligence use cases to reduce assets’ total cost of ownership (TCO) through improved asset management strategies and practices.
  • Operational intelligence solutions are adopted by manufacturers, transportation and other asset intensive industries seeking real-time, localized control of business operations.
  • The expansion of Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure, such as smart meters, in utility networks is creating opportunities for edge AI to deliver reliable services.”

According to the report, “Edge AI for utility networks, operations and asset management is an emerging use case that is being shaped by the installation of smart meters and the demand for real-time, location-specific insights into operations. Smart meters, for gas, electricity or water, coupled with an edge server, can deliver analytical insights and predictions for numerous business processes, such as automated meter reading for billing, load/demand forecasting, distribution asset planning and design, and network operation. Edge AI can deliver operational efficiencies and cost savings, asset performance, and financial benefits to utility companies.”

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Emerging Technologies: Top Edge AI Use Cases for Asset and Operational Intelligence, January 2021. 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.

Tim Driscoll
Director of Information Management, Outcomes - Itron
Tim Driscoll is director of information management for Outcomes, responsible for data management, analytics, and distributed intelligence applications and strategy at Itron, a company dedicated to enabling utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Tim has been in the utility industry for 30 years and has been with Itron for the past 19 years, with roles in marketing, solution architecture, sales, product line management and consulting. Prior to joining Itron, Tim worked at Nova Scotia Power for 10 years in the areas of distribution engineering and load research & forecasting. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Dalhousie University in Canada, and is a registered professional engineer.