Itron awarded contract to deploy OpenWave for Samoan Utility
Itron will deploy its OpenWay Riva IoT solution, smart meters and Itron Prepayment Management Platform support system for Electric Power Corporation in Samoa to improve vending channels for prepaid electricity and increase awareness of the distribution system. Minimizing a lengthy implementation process, Itron will host OpenWay Riva and IPMP and provide them as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to the utility. Itron will also provide project management, meter installation and training. Serving two major islands in Samoa in the South Pacific, EPC has nearly 40,000 customers and is currently limited to PC-based point-of-sale terminals for new and existing prepayment customers. With IPMP, the customers will be able to pay their bills through a self-service internet portal, Android-based point of sale terminals and smart phone applications. In addition, the OpenWay Riva platform has the ability to offer significant advantages for the electricity distribution system such as outage detection, conservation voltage reduction, theft detection, demand response and the ability to detect unsafe conditions.