Itron Inc.’s OpenWay smart grid network is now available globally. OpenWay is an advanced IP network that supports multiple smart grid applications and devices over an interoperable network infrastructure.
The network addresses key drivers and business needs of utilities around the globe, from improvement in grid reliability to support for consumer engagement and energy efficiency.
Itron’s global OpenWay network connects utilities with their customers and grid assets using multiple communication options — RF Mesh, cellular, power line carrier (PLC) — based on localized protocols and standards.
The OpenWay communication network is managed under Itron’s unified data collection and management platform, streamlining the meter-to-cash business process regardless of communication method.
The OpenWay network also features Itron and Cisco’s jointly designed IPv6 reference architecture to ensure device interoperability and multi-service operations using common information technology tools along with a unified network security architecture. Cisco’s Connected Grid Network Management System provides enterprise-class network management for all field area devices, ensuring business functions adhere to established quality of service levels.