Itron signed a contract with Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), a multi-service utility owned by the city of Gainesville, to modernize the utility’s infrastructure with Itron’s multi-purpose industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) network solution, including smart Gen5 500W water and Gen5 500G gas communication modules and Gen5 Riva Distributed Intelligence enabled electric smart meters.
The utility will also take advantage of Itron Enterprise Edition Meter Data Management as a Software-as-a-Service to manage meter and sensor data.
These solutions will allow GRU to improve operational efficiency, data collection accuracy and enhance customer service. The utility plans to deploy Itron’s solutions across Gainesville and surrounding areas.
Itron's extensible solution will enable GRU to execute its data management vision and strategy as it undergoes digital transformation and upgrades its metering infrastructure.
On completion, GRU’s electric, gas and water operations will leverage Itron’s multi-purpose communications network to receive more accurate data, enabling the utility to act on insights that will help improve service reliability and reduce operational costs.
Through Itron’s solutions, data is collected electronically daily as opposed to manually every month. This eliminates the need and costs associated with physically accessing the homes and businesses of customers to collect read meters. In addition, Itron's solutions can help GRU’s customers lower their utility bills since they can now monitor usage from an online account.