Propelled by technology selection announcements this week at Public Service Company of New Mexico and AVANGRID in New York, Itron’s OpenWay Riva™ solution is the center of attention for utility and smart city delegates at DistribuTECH 2017 here in sunny San Diego.

Itron CEO Philip Mezey told a full house of several thousand conference delegates at the opening keynote session that opportunities abound in reducing waste and improving the delivery of energy and water if we make the right foundational investments that meet today’s business challenges, while also providing a platform for future innovation.

Technology advancements—such as distributed intelligence, machine-to-machine communication and IoT convergence—are redefining what’s possible in grid operations, customer service and business development.

“We call this the Active Grid,” Mezey told the DistribuTECH audience. “The Active Grid is more than smart, it does more than push data around; it implies action, embedded intelligence and decision making. It transforms the smart grid to a dynamic grid that solves problems in real time and serves as the foundation for future applications.”

Featured in the Itron booth at DistribuTECH, the OpenWay Riva solution makes the Active Grid possible by redefining what is possible for smart grid use cases. The OpenWay Riva solution brings together a powerful distributed computing platform with new communications capabilities in smart meters and edge devices running on an open, yet highly secure standards-compliant IPv6 network.

This third-generation advancement to Itron’s widely deployed OpenWay solution delivers differentiating capabilities, improved performance and reliability, and most importantly, new business value for Itron’s customers.

OpenWay Riva-powered devices instantly analyze large volumes of highly detailed data at the edge, eliminating the need to transport all that data over the network. OpenWay Riva also utilizes peer-to-peer communications to enable intelligent devices to communicate, collaborate and take action in real time at the edge of the network to solve problems or manage rapidly changing grid conditions.

If you want to learn more about how the Active Grid and OpenWay Riva can change your thinking about smart metering, smart grid and smart cities, stop by and visit us as the Itron booth (No. 2613) at DistribuTECH 2017.

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Tim Wolf is director for marketing at Itron, where he is responsible for marketing and communications for Itron’s global electricity and Smart Grid businesses. He is a regular presenter at industry conferences and writer in the industry trade press.