Iberdrola has selected Current to provide advanced metering, transformer supervision, and network communications solutions for wide-scale deployment in Spain in 2012. The installation is part of a significant expansion of the industry benchmark STAR Project (Network Remote Management and Automation Systems) launched in Castellón, Spain in 2010. Iberdrola is installing Current’s Connected Intelligence product portfolio, which includes PRIME-based Intelligent Data Concentrators for advanced metering and transformer station supervision, as well as managed network communications gateways. Current’s OpenGrid Networking enterprise software will be used for backhaul network management, provisioning, and troubleshooting.
The Iberdrola STAR deployment encompasses PRIME-enabled advanced metering to 1.3 million homes, in addition to supervision and communications solutions installed at over 5,000 transformer stations. It is a significant extension of the Castellón project, which became the world’s first deployment of multi-vendor advanced metering technologies demonstrating comprehensive end-to-end interoperability using the open PRIME metering standard, for which more than 30 companies are now members or have applied for membership. Iberdrola will deploy smart metering for its 10.3 million customers in Spain within a plan that ends by 2018.