As a result of Kamstrup’s strategy to increase flexibility and interoperability within smart metering in Austria, Kamstrup and Itron have developed an alliance centered upon energy metering.
The collaboration will focus specifically on the Austrian market, where Kamstrup will take part on addressing industry requirements to have multiple options for meter suppliers for smart grid projects. Kamstrup will deliver the RF communication OMNIPOWER smart meter, a component of the OMNIA Suite smart grid platform, which in combination with an Itron OpenWay Riva network communications module will provide the institute of electrical and electronics engineers (IEEE) standards based power-line communication (PLC) and low-power radio frequency (RF) communications at the same time.
The collaboration is part of Kamstrup’s strategy to secure even greater interoperability in metering solutions, which gives the utilities more flexibility in their choice of AMI solutions.
“Openness and interoperability – just as data security and performance – are important to a future-proof smart grid solution. Our smart grid platform OMNIA Suite is designed for seamless integration. It offers high flexibility within the system, and it is easily integrated with other data collection systems. This collaboration, where the OMNIPOWER smart meter will be integrated with Itron’s OpenWay Riva solution, is proof of its interoperability”, says Country Manager in Austria, Wolfgang Haager.
The collaboration with Itron follows in the wake of several other alliances within smart metering. Working with technology companies such as Itron, NURI Telecom and Silver Spring Networks Kamstrup expands its partnering network and increases the possibility of offering more flexible solutions for utilities within the energy and water industry.