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Technology and services company Itron Inc. has signed a contract to deliver its OpenWay smart grid solution in Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg AG, energy supplier for 260,000 customers in the province of Salzburg, will utilize the solution for an Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) pilot project.

The solution includes Itron and Cisco's jointly designed IPv6-based architecture that meets the technical and business requirements of utilities in many European countries, Itron notes. The Fachhochschule Salzburg University of Applied Science (FHS-S) and Technical University of Graz will also participate in the pilot project as a partner of Salzburg AG.

Over the next year, Itron says the project aims to test and evaluate the robustness of the IP-based technology and help Salzburg AG understand its impact on utility operations. Salzburg AG will test smart grid use cases, including remote service switch capabilities, on-demand meter reading and network resiliency, Itron adds.

The company reports it will install its IPv6-enabled smart meters and Cisco's connected grid routers and provide hosted environments for meter data management software and Cisco's network management system. Salzburg AG and FHS-S will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the solution, and Itron will be responsible for the establishment, maintenance and monitoring of the network testing environments.

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