Smart City

Smart City News

Smart City Home

Costa Rica to Modernize Power Grid with Itron IoT Solution

By Ken Briodagh
November 20, 2018

Itron, working to innovate the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, reportedly has signed a contract with Conelectricas R.L. in Costa Rica, in partnership with iTECNA, Itron’s certified partner in that country. Conelectricas R.L. is a group comprised of four electricity cooperatives, targeting operations improvement where they operate. The cooperatives will deploy Itron’s OpenWay Riva IoT solution, including nearly 250,000 smart meters, over the next five years.

Harnessing Itron’s OpenWay Riva solution and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, Conelectricas will use back-office and edge analytics software applications to improve electricity delivery to its 980,000 associates. Combining this platform with Itron’s smart electric meters, the cooperatives expect to reduce the cost of operations while improving service to customers.

With the ability to remotely connect and disconnect devices, Conelectricas R.L. will be able to improve processes, avoid truck rolls and enhance quality of service for electricity customers. With a customer portal that grants access to valuable consumption information, consumers can better manage their energy consumption, reduce usage and save money. The cooperatives will also be able to add applications in the future, such as distribution automation, electric vehicle charging and smart water metering.

“Itron’s open communications platform and smart meters will help us uncover operational savings and lay the foundation for smart city and IoT initiatives,” said Erick Rojas Salazar, GM, Conelectricas R.L. “With this solution, Conelectricas R.L. will be able to meet regulation requirements and uncover new revenue streams, such as EV stations, streetlight management, network services, energy and water usage management etc., in the smart city and IoT space.”

“Because our OpenWay Riva solution is standards-based and open, Conelectricas R.L. will be able to implement numerous smart city devices and applications with our platform as the foundation,” said Emerson Souza, VP, sales, Commercial and Customer Enablement for Latin America, Itron. “Showcasing the potential of smart meters on a robust network, this contract is an excellent example for other countries in the region.”

The IoT Evolution Expo, and collocated events, IoT Evolution Health, LPWAN Expo, The Smart City Event, and IIoT Conference, will take place Jan. 29 to Feb 1 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Visit to register now.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

Related Articles

Kerlink to Launch Smart IoT Solutions with Partners for Key Verticals

By: Ken Briodagh    2/21/2019

Logistics & Tracking, Facility Management, Building Operations and Asset Monitoring Are Company's New Solutions Leveraging Kerlink's IoT Connectivity …

Read More

IoT Time Podcast S.4 Ep.6 Lumeta, a Firemon Company

By: Ken Briodagh    2/21/2019

On this episode of IoT Time Podcast, Ken Briodagh sits down with Reggie Best, president and Chief Product Officer, Lumeta, a Firemon Company, to talk …

Read More

Trimble and Digi Collaborate on Cold Chain Compliance for Fleets

By: Ken Briodagh    2/20/2019

Refrigerated Haulers Using Trimble Solutions Now Able to Implement SmartSense by Digi Trailer Tracking

Read More

Why You Should Adopt the Internet of Things

By: Special Guest    2/20/2019

The Internet of Things is ready to make your home a technological wonderland. Luckily, there is more to the technology than perfect bagels and moody l…

Read More