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BC Hydro says that 2000 smart meters can be served by a Single collector antenna. There will be approximately 1,800 collectors installed across BC. MESH Network by Itron, BC Hydro and ROGERS – Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge and other areas.

CISCO 1000 Series Cell Router AUGUST 2012

  • Cisco GridBlocks Architecture: A Reference for Utility Network Design.
  • Cisco’s New Smart Grid Push .
  • Cisco launches smart grid field area networking, architecture services and a network management system to manage it all.

BC Hydro will be Cisco’s first NMS customer, rolling it out to manage a Cisco-Itron FAN/smart meter system meant to connect 1.9 million meters and thousands of other grid “endpoints” by the end of 2012.

  • Cisco rolls more routers for smart grids.

Itron and Cisco deliver IPv6-based smart grid platform.

  • “The Itron-Cisco partnership was a real game changer,” said Gary Murphy, BC Hydro’s chief project officer for the Smart Metering Program.
  • “The ability to leverage our infrastructure with Itron’s smart grid solution and Cisco’s Connected Grid networking and security capabilities is a great stepping stone into smart grid.
  • We will be able to leverage it for years to come.”.
  • Note : ITRON Routers ( Two antennas ) were replaced in August 2012 with Cisco 1000 series Routers which can have up to Eight antennas.
  • Most BC Hydro Cisco Routers currently have Four Antennas. MESH Network by Itron, BC Hydro andTELUS– Number 1 Road,Richmond BC.
  • Smart Grid Cell Router by ItronAUGUST 2011. MESH Network by Itron, BC HYDRO and TELUS– Hwy 10, Langley Bypass, Langley BC.

MESH Network by Itron, BC Hydro and TELUS , Port Hardy BC .

  • Smart Grid Cell Router by Itron.
  • MESH Network Antennas by Itron.
  • Itron OpenWay Mesh Network. Regions using Itron Centron II :.

California, Conneticut, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia.

  • Itron OpenWay Meters that use Mesh networks are sending and receiving signals considerably more often then Drive by Data collectio.
  • MESH Network Antenna in Main Street, Vancouver BC ( WIFI ).
  • MESH Network Antennas in Toronto Ontario.
  • MESH Network in California.
  • MESH Network in California.
  • MESH Network in Naperville Illinois.

Itron releases a new collector design – March 2012

Not Convinced its an issue? Watch this video of an active Collector in Richmond BC. We’ve been waiting for over a year to get some details on just how Cisco’s disruptive, end-to-end internet protocol-enabled smart meter architecture might roll out to real-world markets.

Well, we’ve got those details, and they add up to a very competitive offering from Cisco and meter partner Itron -- if the smart meter market isn’t all sealed up, that is.

  • Cisco’s new, potentially game-changing model is being deployed with the Canadian utility BC Hydro in a $949 million smart meter deployment, one we covered when it was announced in April.
  • But the details of just how Cisco is working with Itron -- and just how Cisco has been using the IP-ready, low-power networking technology of acquisition Arch Rock in the project -- haven’t been much publicized.
  • Those were some of the subjects I covered in an interview last week with Paul De Martini, chief technology officer of Cisco’s smart grid team.
  • De Martini fleshed out some of the existing information about the BC Hydro deployment, which is set to replace 1.8 million old-school meters by the end of 2012, and what struck me was how completely Cisco seems to have taken over the core functions of a smart meter network from its partner.
  • “We’ll have the meshing technology, the field area router, a network management system and security that will be part of that,” he said.
  • “It will still be the Itron collection engine to get the data sets out of the meters.
  • But in terms of device management, network configuration, network management -- that will be Cisco.”.
  • In other words, while Itron is still making the meters, BC Hydro will be deploying what is, in essence, a Cisco-controlled network.
  • That gives BC Hydro’s smart metering network a variety of IP-enabled technologies that differentiate it from its competitors:.

Itron and Cisco Launch Next-Generation Smart Grid Platform

  • 1) A wireless mesh network based on standards-based technologies that support IP from end to end;. 2) A new field-area router device to connect all those mesh-networked smart meters, one that can also be outfitted with a variety of IP-enabled communications;. 3) Taken together, a platform that can connect everything from grid sensors and controls and distributed solar and wind power management to streaming video applications and workforce support software -- in other words, the whole family of smart grid support functions that Cisco describes as part of its vision of an end-to-end smart grid system.
  • The first piece of Cisco’s smart meter architecture that differentiates it from the competition is the technology it acquired from its purchase of San Francisco-based Arch Rock last year.
  • That technology, which is going into all of the Itron meters being deployed by BC Hydro, is based on the IPv6-ready, low-power wireless mesh technology called 6LowPAN -- a technology that’s also at the core of Google’s plans for networking LEDs and other home devices, as well as a core piece of the “internet of things” being envisioned by a host of industry players preparing from the move from IPv4 to IPv6.
  • What’s so special about this?

Mesh Collector – (PDF) Mesh Repeater – (PDF) Drive By Collection – (PDF)

  • Well, Arch Rock’s (now Cisco’s) technology runs over standards-based radios like IEEE’s 802.15.4 systems, giving them IP interoperability all the way from the application to the physical communications layer.
  • That differentiates it from virtually all of today’s smart meter deployments using wireless mesh technologies, since big contenders like IPO candidate Silver Spring Networks, as well as the Big Five smart meter makers, use proprietary 900-megahertz radio technologies.
  • That could give Cisco a leg up on preparing the smart meter networks it’s deploying with Itron for connectivity to a future field of IPv6-enabled smart grid devices still on the drawing boards of companies around the world.
  • There are going to be different types of communications in the field, such as broadband for streaming video and workforce data, or grid protection and control systems, that can’t be done over a narrowband mesh network.
  • That’s where Cisco’s new field-area router device comes in. The router, being deployed for the first time with BC Hydro, isn’t the same as the Connected Grid routers and switches that Cisco has already publicly announced in projects with customers such as Australia’s Ausnet and Duke Energy in the United States.
  • Key to the new field-area router is its ability to incorporate a whole host of IP-based communications via modular upgrades, De Martini noted. “We’ve designed this router to incorporate multiple communications through this modular capability,” he said. “But all of those being IP-based .. allows you to have an overlaying network management system that overlays all four of those. Plus, you can have a unified security schema” -- an important factor, given how smart grid security is coming under increasing scrutiny from utilities and their regulators. This modular, upgradable, multi-communications concept sounds a lot like the GridRouter device built by SmartSynch, or the communications modules built by Ambient, though De Martini wouldn’t draw any specific comparisons between the two and what Cisco is offering.
  • The Smart Grid Platform, Writ Large. The end goal of all this interoperability, of course, is for Cisco to claim that its smart meter network isn’t a one-off meter-reading system, but rather the basis for a whole raft of smart grid services and capabilities to come -- in other words, a platform. Cisco showed off a whole range of services it hopes to provide smart grid customers last month during its Global Energy Summit, with CEO John Chambers demonstrating various tools that allow field workers to communicate with central office engineers, download equipment specifications and take pictures of installations to upload to central databases.
  • But Cisco is banking on the idea that its IP-capable smart grid networks, including its new Itron smart meter networks, will eventually serve these kinds of uses -- and that the availability of such services will make the smart meter offering more attractive to utilities.

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  • Echelon has launched a smart grid platform open to third-party developers, and Silver Spring is pledging to deliver a host of home energy management, demand response and plug-in vehicle management products over its network, to name a few.
  • The big question facing Cisco and Itron is: are they too late to reap the spoils of their end-to-end IP smart meter plans? Cisco has said it wants a minimum 40-percent market share in the smart grid networking field. Whether it can see its way clear to achieving that in the smart meter space remains unclear.


  • smart meter deployments, boosted by stimulus funding, may be harder to break into, Cisco sees the European market reaching its peak in 2014 to 2015, and Russia, Brazil, China, and other Asian countries becoming the major markets by the second half of the decade.
  • Beyond that lies the question of whether or not the smart meters already in place or under deployment might be targets for upgrades, or even replacement, over the coming years.
  • That’s a potential scenario if today’s smart meter networks can’t deliver on their functionality, interoperability or security promises, though it’s doubtless an unwelcome one for utilities that would face a grueling process of asking regulators for yet more upgrade money on top of their initial deployment costs.
  • De Martini did not raise these possibilities himself, though he did point out that Cisco’s “IP everywhere” mantra was based on the notion that smart grid systems ought to be built in anticipation of integrating technologies that aren’t yet available -- but that those technologies would likely be based on integrating with other IP-based systems.
  • Sounds like a reasonable proposition to me.
  • Use Case: Metering
  • Resources: Meter Integration Guides


  • Hardware: Bridge
  • Addressing: IPv4
  • Physical Connection: Serial or Ethernet
  • Integration: If you have a use case that requires integration with Itron hardware, please enroll to be an Itron partner here.
  • Program: Interoperability Verification: Details to be updated soon.
  • Resources: Details to be determined.

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