Syarikat SESCO Berhad (SESCO), an energy development and vertically integrated electrical utility company located in Sarawak, Malaysia, signed a contract to deploy Itron’s industrial IoT (IIoT) solution.
The solution will help the Sarawak Energy subsidiary 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 leverage Itron’s Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) to deploy, monitor and maintain the communications network.
“With our open, standards-based network, Sarawak Energy will be able to easily and efficiently improve customer service, safety and operational efficiency,” said Don Reeves, senior vice president of Outcomes at Itron. “With such a high success rate from our pilot deployment in 2018, we are thrilled to continue the expansion of this project with our long-term customer, Sarawak Energy.”
Itron enables utilities and cities to deliver critical infrastructure solutions safely, securely and reliably to communities in more than 100 countries. Its portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors help customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve.
In 2018, Sarawak Energy collaborated with Itron on a project to deploy and operate Itron’s IIoT network, including a pilot for 6,000 AMI endpoints.
With the successful implementation of the pilot, Sarawak Energy has now progressed to the next phase and awarded Itron with an expanded deployment of 180,000 AMI endpoints. As a NaaS contract, Itron will manage the network and the UIQ headend software suite on Sarawak Energy’s behalf to collect and manage consumption data. Sarawak Energy will also utilize Itron’s Operations Optimizer analytics solution to improve operational efficiency and develop business processes and workflows by leveraging insights from a variety of internal and external data sources.