Landis+Gyr extends distributed grid intelligence with Linux processing power

Landis+Gyr is expanding distributed intelligence capabilities on the grid with an advancement in adaptability and processing power for the network connecting the Gridstream suite of AMI, distribution intelligence and customer intelligence solutions.

Landis+Gyr is introducing a grid router built on an open-platform Linux operating system that acts as a grid-edge server in the field capable of routing and processing data, as well as executing applications from multiple utility and smart community networks simultaneously.

Landis+Gyr’s grid router is a high capacity network device capable of bridging secondary field networks. It provides high-speed connectivity to grid equipment that requires sub-second responsiveness and can also act as a data aggregator with direct connection to utility head-end systems.

The ability to extend decision-making power at the edge of the grid improves reliability and efficiency, while enabling new benefits from smart grid technology. Hundreds of applications have been written to support over 50 types of intelligent devices operating on Landis+Gyr networks. These applications range from automated event monitoring and reporting in distribution devices to information sharing between load management devices, meters and consumer devices.

New applications that support distributed energy resource management, such as smart inverters, are allowing utilities to better manage these resources because protocol conversions and decisions are handled by intelligent radios in the devices.

“The business case for distributed intelligence is being validated every day, and with the expanded capabilities of the grid router, the possibilities for improving performance of critical tasks are unlimited,” Schamber said. “The growing intranet of the grid is well positioned to support the transition to more efficient and diverse energy future.”

Landis+Gyr has successfully implemented some of the largest advanced metering and grid automation deployments in North America and around the world. The Gridstream solution uses a multi-purpose network to communicate with advanced meters, sensors, switches and other grid devices, delivering automation and control of grid operations. The platform provides consumer engagement tools and connectivity to in-home devices to expand participation in energy management programs.

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