Standout smart city company of 2014? That would be Itron, says F&S

Wed, 2015-01-28 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

If you're a regular visitor to our site, you know that Itron is a technology innovator helping cities around the globe solve some of their most pressing problems. We're proud to call Itron a founding member of the Council and a Lead Partner – and also pleased to share the news below that Frost & Sullivan has named Itron its 2014 North American Smart City Company of the Year. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the story, where you'll find examples of Itron solutions in action.

Frost & Sullivan (F&S) doesn't give out honors on a whim. The firm follows a 10-step process to evaluate award candidates and assess their fit with select best practice criteria. For the Company of the Year Award, F&S analysts independently evaluated two key factors: visionary innovation and performance and customer impact.

“2014 has clearly been an exceptional year for Itron," said Farah Saeed, principle consultant at Frost & Sullivan (F&S) about the Liberty Lake, Washington company's selection as its Smart City Company of the Year. As a technology innovator, Saeed said, Itron consistently demonstrates the ability to diversify offerings to address emerging market needs.

A foundation for smart cities
Itron offers smart technologies as the foundation for smart cities, enabling cities, utilities and citizens to use information and communications to enhance livability, workability and sustainability. Dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, Itron's broad product portfolio includes comprehensive solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water.

For example, the company’s Itron Riva solution, a recent offering that will help connect millions of devices in cities, delivers revolutionary edge intelligence and adaptive communications technology to enable automated decision-making at the edge of the smart grid network. Itron is helping create a breakthrough sensing ecosystem to enable growth in global markets ranging from smart cities to the Internet of Things.

And just this week Itron announced its new 4G LTE smart metering solution, the latest technology in Itron’s cellular portfolio that enables high-speed, high-performance smart grid applications with broad territory coverage and low latency. It will be commercially available by the end of the first quarter of 2015. 

"With this new solution, we answer our customers’ needs for fast, reliable and flexible communications. In addition, with the support of Sierra Wireless and Verizon, we are able to deliver a 4G LTE solution that is cost-effective and provides longer term investment protection by utilizing the latest wireless technology platform,” said Jeff Carkhuff, vice president of global solutions marketing for electricity at Itron.

Building sustainable communities
"At Itron, we are focused on improving resource management and creating smart, sustainable and economically-stable communities of the future,” said Russ Vanos, senior vice president of strategy and corporate development. “We are constantly evaluating how we can adapt to meet the needs of our customers for a smarter, more resourceful future.”

Vanos will be talking about Itron's work with Envision Charlotte during a free, one-hour webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 10, hosted by Meeting of the MInds. Joining Vanos will be Envision Charlotte Executive Director Amy Aussieker. They'll discuss the role of technology and collaboration in driving modern urbanization as is happening in Charlotte, where smart cities vendors, the city and utilities have developed a "living lab" aimed at creating a more sustainable urban core. Learn more about the webinar and register here >>


Liz Enbysk is the Council's Editorial Director. Follow @smartccouncil on Twitter.

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