Itron launches new meter reading software platform at Dayton Power & Light

Spokane, WA, Nov. 1, 2005 — Itron Inc. announced that it has successfully installed a new generation of meter reading software for walk-by and drive-by meter reading operations at Dayton Power & Light, located in Dayton, Ohio.

Itron Field Collection System (FCS), built on Web services architecture, strives to provide utilities with flexibility, scalability and functionality to run Itron handheld and mobile meter reading systems. FCS will be commercially available beginning in November, 2005.

Itron says the FCS can provide a platform capable of exceeding the route processing and billing window demands of today’s largest utilities as well as upload routes four times faster than many of the meter reading applications in use at utilities today. In addition, Itron boasts the FCS improves route reading times and meter reader efficiency by reducing the time needed to extract load profile data from large commercial and industrial accounts.

FCS enables DP&L to deliver both increased productivity in the field and in the meter reading offices while greatly simplifying IT requirements to support the system.

“Upon full deployment of Itron FCS, we will consolidate our stand-alone meter reading systems across our utility offices into one system, enabling us to run more efficiently,” said Maria Bubp, operations manager for DP&L. The utility uses both Itron handheld and vehicle-based computers to collect data from its 500,000 electricity meters.

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