Itron and Invensys integrate AMR and solid-state metering technologies

Spokane, Wash., September 23, 2002 — Itron Inc. has partnered with Invensys Metering Systems – North America Inc., part of Invensys PLC, to offer a solution that integrates Itron’s 51ESS ERT AMR technology with the new Invensys solid-state, single-phase residential iCon meter.

This technology, which is now commercially available, enables Itron handheld and mobile systems to receive kWh consumption billing data from the iCon meter register. In addition to the kWh consumption billing data, the Itron fixed network system also retrieves interval data from the 51ESS ERT.

The iCon meter with 51ESS ERT technology supports self-initiated transmissions of standard kWh consumption and interval data information, which enables utilities to calculate time-of-use, demand and load profile data that can be used for billing, energy management and demand response programs.

The iCon meter with 51ESS ERT also transmits tamper detection notices such as meter removal and meter inversion.

“Our commitment to provide open-architecture solutions that enable our customers to keep their advanced meter technology options open, is a key reason why Itron’s AMR system architecture is the most widely used in the utility industry,” said Doug Staker, vice president of Itron’s Mobile and Network Telemetry Systems Group.

“This integration of our industry-leading advanced automation technology with a low-cost, solid-state residential metering platform from Invensys provides our electric utility customers with new choices and capabilities to support their advanced meter data collection strategies.”

“The iCon meter provides the ideal platform for the 51ESS ERT,” said Arlin Rummel, iCon System Program Director for Invensys Metering Systems. “The iCon meter was specifically designed for integration of advanced communication technology. The ERT technology has been incorporated into the iCon meter with careful consideration of cost, ease of replacement and retrofit. The iCon meter is recognized for its superior performance. It is field proven and compliant with the most stringent industry requirements for a revenue class electricity meter.”

“The 51ESS ERT radio performance is optimized for the iCon meter. Also, it does not require any programming by the customer. The iCon meter with 51ESS ERT is fully compatible with existing Itron walk-by, drive-by, and fixed network systems. The iCon meter’s superior performance coupled with the ERT makes the meter a very capable energy metering solution,” said Bill Mazza, Manager of Communication Systems.

About Itron
Itron is a technology provider and critical source of knowledge to the global energy and water industries. More than 2,000 utilities worldwide rely on Itron technology to deliver the knowledge they require to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water.

Itron delivers value to its clients by providing solutions for meter data collection, energy information management, C&I customer care, load management and demand response, transmission and distribution system design software and services, and web-based workforce automation. For more information on Itron, please visit www.itron.com.

About Invensys Metering Systems

Invensys Metering Systems, an operating group of Invensys plc. and part of the Energy Management Division, is a worldwide provider of water, gas, electric and heat meters, clamp and coupling products, and Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) Systems for utilities. For more information on Invensys Metering Systems, please visit www.ims.invensys.com.

About Invensys, plc

Invensys plc is a global provider in production technology and energy management. The group helps customers improve their performance and profitability using services and technologies and a deep understanding of their industries and applications.

Invensys Production Management works closely with customers in order to drive up performance of their production assets, maximize their return on investments in production technologies and remove cost and cash from their whole supply chain.

The division includes APV, Avantis, Baan, Eurotherm, Foxboro, Simsci/Esscor, Triconex and Wonderware. These businesses address process and batch industries — including the oil, gas and chemicals, food, beverage and personal health care — and the discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors.

Invensys Energy Management works with clients involved in the supply, measurement and consumption of energy and water, to reduce costs and waste and improve the efficiency, reliability and security of power supply. The division includes Energy Management Solutions, Appliance Controls, Climate Controls, Global Services, Metering Systems, Powerware and Home Control Systems.

These businesses focus on markets connected with power and energy infrastructure for industrial, commercial and residential buildings. The company also serves the specialized rail, wind-power and electronic manufacturing (power components) markets through Invensys Rail Systems, Hansen Transmissions and Lambda, respectively, in its development division.

Invensys operates in more than 80 countries, with its headquarters in London. For more information, visit www.invensys.com.

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