Itron to Unveil New Modular Metering and Communication Platform at Metering Europe

Itron - 09.30.2011

Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today the launch of its new generation metering and communication platform. Designed to anticipate technical evolution and to protect investments, Itron’s metering and communication platform enables utilities to address future market requirements by offering an interoperable, modular and secure foundation for future smart grid applications.

Based on open standards, this new platform reflects Itron’s commitment to interoperability. It has been designed to seamlessly integrate with several international communication standards, ensuring true communication technology interoperability and increased options for utilities.

Furthermore, Itron’s new metering and communication platform is built upon a modular architecture, accommodating two external, field swappable modules affording various communication technologies (PLC, GPRS, UMTS/3G, Ethernet, Mesh RF, Zigbee, MBus wireless, and so on). This translates into easy adaptability of communications to both the local area network (LAN) and the home area network (HAN), as requirements and technologies evolve.

Another key capability of Itron’s new generation metering and communication platform lies in the remote upgradeability of applications and protocols, making the platform easily extensible and future-proof. This provides utilities with greater flexibility to face fast-evolving regulatory requirements.

Also fundamental to the new Itron metering and communication platform is that security is included by-design. A variety of potential threats were taken in to account during the development of the platform.

“This innovation reflects Itron’s partnership approach to listen, understand and analyze in detail the real market use cases of each individual utility and provide tailored solutions,” said Jean-François Brun, Itron vice president Global Marketing, Energy. “Our new metering and communication platform will result in simplifying infrastructure investments and securing these investments against obsolescence and technology evolution for utilities.”

To learn more about the functionalities of this modular metering and communication platform, visit the Itron booth at Metering Europe #C20.

About Itron:

Itron is the leading provider of energy and water resource management solutions for nearly 8,000 utilities around the world. We offer end-to-end solutions that include electricity, gas, water and heat measurement and control technology; communications systems; software; and professional services. With nearly 10,000 employees doing business in more than 130 countries, Itron empowers utilities to responsibly and efficiently manage energy and water resources. To realize a sustainable future, start here: www.itron.com.

For additional information, contact:

Isabelle Sèvegrand
Director, EMEA Communications
+33 5 49 62 70 44
isabelle.sevegrand@itron.com

Marie-Sophie ECUER
Itron Press Department
(33) 01 46 62 24 52
marie-sophie.ecuer@itron.com

 

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