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BC Hydro to switch all meters to Itron/Cisco IPv6 version

October 30, 2013
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BC Hydro tested Itron and Cisco's IPv6-based network and will next year have all of its 1.8 million smart meters converted to that technology, Itron told the press yesterday. The Canadian utility provides power to some 1.9 million people in British Columbia and will start moving from Itron's RF mesh network to the IPv6-based network, the Liberty Lake, Wash-based smart grid vendor said.

BC Hydro will use about 40,000 of the 1.8 million smart meters to validate that the whole fleet is ready to make the jump to IPv6. The rest of the 1.8 million meters will make the transition in 2014, Itron added.

Benefits of the IPv6 network include "streamlined operations, improved system visibility and revenue recovery," Fiona Taylor, director of BC Hydro's smart metering program, said in prepared remarks.

Under a mandate from the British Columbia government to implement AMI, BC Hydro awarded Itron and Cisco a $270 million contract for smart meters and networking, Gary Murphy, chief project officer for smart metering at BC Hydro, told us in 2011 (SGT, 2011-Aug-10).

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