GrDF picks Itron to deploy smart metering system in France

Liberty Lake, Wash., July 29, 2010 – Gaz reseau Distribution France, the main gas utility in France and unit of GdF Suez, chose Itron to deploy its EverBlu fixed data collection system to 5,000 residential customers in Saint-Omer, north of France.

As part of the European Energy Directives and following recommendations from the Commission de Regulation de l’Energie to begin testing smart meters in France, GrDF decided to set up various pilot programs, in four different towns, for residential gas meters over a period of one year.

The objective of this experiment is to study the possibility of a future mass deployment for France’s 11 million residential gas consumers.

In Saint-Omer, Itron is providing automated meter reading by supplying, installing and maintaining its EverBlu fixed data collection system.

With its self-healing wireless mesh network and graphical data analysis and reporting tools, EverBlu is the ideal choice for utilities looking to streamline operations and acquire more detailed consumption data in a variety of environments. To date, Itron has already automated 4,000 points.

Benefits for end-users will include remote reading (no need for the customer to be present), more accurate and frequent readings (monthly or any time there is a change in the contract) and an improved understanding of gas consumption – thereby enabling a change in gas usage behavior.

This pilot demonstrates Itron’s capacity to develop and deploy complete solutions, including smart gas meters, infrastructure and associated software.

 

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