Landis+Gyr, a smart meter provider, on Thursday announced the launch of their Series V next generation Gridstream smart grid technology aimed at providing utilities an upgradeable platform capable of adapting to future applications and communication protocols - all without stranding existing assets.
Landis+Gyr's  (Zug Switzerland) Gridstream Series V offering allows utilities to adopt an open, interoperable , and secure smart grid service that can provide a clear migration path for existing smart metering and distribution automation customers - compatible with today's Gridstream offering and upgradable to the next generation offerings.
The next generation Gridstream supports IPV6 and is compatible with emerging IEEE and IETF open communication and networking protocols, as well as includes an open computing platform with headroom to support growth in both processing and memory as utility needs change.
"Utilities are adopting smart grid technology at a rapidly increasing pace," said Richard Mora, Landis+Gyr President and CEO Americas. "Our vision is to change the paradigm in the smart grid industry by evolving from a network of sensors to a network of intelligent devices that serve as the platform for an ecosystem of interoperable advanced applications."
Gridstream provides the intelligence and connectivity to manage smart grid functions from the home to the grid to the utility office on a single secure network, providing utilities important monitoring and control points throughout their distribution networks, says Landis+Gyr.
“Similar to the smart phone world where there are options for hardware based on customer needs and a plethora of applications that operate across hardware platforms, utilities will be able to select components that meet their needs today, but that will also support the still emerging applications of the future," says Mora.
The next generation Gridstream network will begin shipments in the third quarter of 2012.