IoT News | Malaysian Utility signs 15-year contract with Itron to implement and operate industrial IoT network

IoT News |  Malaysian Utility signs 15-year contract with Itron to implement and operate industrial IoT network

Sarawak energy to implement 180,000 Advanced metering infrastructure Endpoints, take advantage of Network-as-a-Service.

Itron, Inc., which is renewing the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, announced that Syarikat SESCO Berhad (SESCO), a subsidiary of Sarawak Energy*, Malaysia, signed a contract to implement Itron’s industrial IoT (IIoT) solution.

The solution, which will help Sarawak Energy improve operational efficiency and consumer engagement, includes Itron’s communications network for 180,000 Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) endpoints as well as Operations Optimizer and UtilityIQ (UIQ) Software-as-a-Service. As part of the 15-year contract, Sarawak Energy will utilize Itrons Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) to implement, monitor and maintain the communications network.

In 2018, Sarawak Energy partnered with Itron on a project to implement and operate Itron’s IIoT network, including a pilot project for 6,000 AMI endpoints. With the successful implementation of the pilot project, Sarawak Energy has now moved on to the next phase and awarded Itron an expanded implementation of 180,000 AMI endpoints.

As a NaaS contract, Itron will manage the network and UIQ headend software package on behalf of Sarawak Energy to collect and manage consumption data. Sarawak Energy will also use Itron’s Operations Optimizer analytics solution to improve operational efficiency and develop business processes and workflows by leveraging insights from a range of internal and external data sources.

Don Reeves, senior vice president of performance at Itron, said:

“With our open, standards-based network, Sarawak Energy will be able to easily and efficiently improve customer service, security and operational efficiency. With such a high success rate from our pilot implementation in 2018, we are excited to continue expanding this project with our long-term customer, Sarawak Energy. “

* an energy development and vertically integrated power supply company located in Sarawak, Malaysia

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