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Itron to Provide Nationwide Smart Grid Solution for Jamaica

By Ken Briodagh
May 22, 2018

In a recent release, Itron, a technology and services company focused on the resourceful use of energy and water, announced today that it signed a contract with Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for a nationwide smart grid deployment. JPS, which serves more than 600,000 customers, will extend its existing Itron Gen 5 network to be able to support up to 670,000 electric meters, which will help the utility improve customer service, drive grid reliability and enable revenue realization.


“Over the last few years, JPS has been transforming our lighting and electricity services by modernizing and connecting our infrastructure. We are pleased to continue collaborating with Itron in this process,” said Gary Barrow, CTO, JPS. “With Itron’s open, standards-based platform, we can ensure efficient delivery of electricity to the island and unify all of our devices on one network.”

This project will build on JPS’ previous deployments with Itron on the island, which included 51,000 electric meters on Itron’s smart grid network deployed in 2016 and 2017, and the rollout of 35,000 smart streetlights in 2017. Unifying all endpoints on Itron’s network, this deployment that will be able to support 670,000 electric meters will extend the utility’s accurate meter reading, revenue protection and enhance post-storm restorations. The Jamaican utility will manage the system through Itron’s cloud-based SaaS solution.

“We are thrilled to continue working with JPS to integrate a real-time smart grid solution that will enable JPS to empower customers and better manage energy,” said Mark de Vere White, president, Electricity business line, Itron. “In addition to modernizing its current infrastructure, these improvements will prepare JPS for the future, allowing new applications to be quickly added to the network.”


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

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