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By Rich Handley

Itron, Bsquare Provide App Community for Grid Edge Devices

Itron and Bsquare, a supplier of Internet of Things software and integration services, are providing a secure OpenWay Riva App Community for edge devices, including meters and sensors. Itron will use Bsquare's DataV IoT software stack to enable easy app downloads and management for Itron's OpenWay Riva network devices, the companies report.

Itron's OpenWay Riva solution provides distributed intelligence and computing power in meters and grid devices, enabling real-time analysis of data and peer-to-peer communication among intelligent devices at the edge of a network. Bsquare DataV offers a software distribution layer embedded within the OpenWay Riva network that allows utilities to dynamically and securely download apps to targeted populations of meters.

The ability for utilities to securely distribute apps to meters and grid devices can add a wide range of functionality, the companies explain, thereby adding value to fixed capital assets. Applications that can be dynamically added to devices include theft detection, high impedance detection, load disaggregation, locational awareness and active demand response. In addition, third-party developers can provide their applications to the community. According to the two companies, Bsquare DataV provides Itron's app community with the ability to manage and monitor the status of millions of remote devices.

"Itron's OpenWay Riva solution puts intelligence into devices across a utility's service territory and provides dynamic and powerful new methods of improving grid reliability, reducing operating costs and enhancing revenue opportunities," said Mark de Vere White, the president of Itron's Electricity business line, in a prepared statement. "With the interest from third parties, including utilities, we expect hundreds of apps available over time. These app community capabilities make it easier for our customers to access apps and deliver and manage them over the OpenWay Riva network."

"This is an excellent example of the innovative ways in which IoT technology can be applied to diverse business problems," said Dave Wagstaff, Bsquare's CTO, in the prepared statement. "For DataV, the ability to securely and reliably manage the distribution of software apps to tens of millions of meters—and do it in such a way that core revenue generating functions cannot be impaired—was a snap. As important, DataV is able to deliver these capabilities even over networks that are extremely constrained from a bandwidth perspective."

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