Itron, Detroit Utility Showcase Smart City Tech


by | Oct 1, 2014

DetroitItron is collaborating with DTE Energy on a smart cities demonstration project in Detroit that is being showcased at the Meeting of the Minds conference, which runs through Oct. 2.

Components of the project include mobile apps, an educational kiosk, unmanned aerial vehicles, a smart electric vehicle charging station, intelligent streetlights, water leak detection, smart metering technology and analytics.

The apps being showcased help cities to better manage energy, providing city leaders with a clear dashboard view into energy costs, water revenue and CO2 emissions. The Itron City app also enables citizen-city collaboration through reporting and tracking of city-related issues, such as reporting of potholes on the roads.

The smart electric vehicle charging station on display combines revenue-grade metrology and WiFi technology, allowing drivers to obtain charging data on their smartphones. The intelligent streetlight technology highlights how enhanced lighting management functionality can reduce energy usage and costs. Both the charging station and streetlight technologies feature embedded Itron measurement, sensing and communication technology.

The demonstration also features leak detection technology to reduce water waste.

Global smart city technology revenue will grow from $8.8 billion annually in 2014 to $27.5 billion in 2023, as cities around the world embrace smart city technology to meet sustainability goals, boost local economies and improve services, according to a July report by Navigant Research.

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