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by Jeff St. John
November 16, 2015

Over the past few years, “distributed intelligence” has become a catchphrase among advanced metering infrastructure companies like Itron, Silver Spring Networks and Landis+Gyr. The idea is to leverage advances in low-cost distributed memory and processing power, and the increasing sophistication of the networks that bind them, to turn what have been mostly proprietary-technology-based, purpose-built devices into internet-capable applications development platforms -- in other words, something more like a smartphone.

It’s a common-sense...