A new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 13 grid edge connectivity providers, with Itron ranked as the leading market player.
The number of vendors offering field area networks (FANs) solutions continues to grow as electric utilities adopt new ways of connecting grid edge assets to distributed or centralized information technology applications. Technological advancements have led to the rise of more specialized narrowband wireless networking solutions, and spectrum sharing schemes have also been proposed globally. According to the new Leaderboard report, Itron is the leading grid edge connectivity provider.
“Changing industry dynamics mean more utilities are exploring the concept of a holistic, territory-wide network for both FAN and wide area network needs, creating a crowded market.” says Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Leading companies in this industry are edging out the competition with a global reach, technological innovation, and participation in numerous strategic alliances.”
According to the report, trailing companies can better compete by differentiating themselves via distinct networking technology or cost breakthroughs and honing a strategic vision around their execution.