Italgas picks Itron for smart metering solution

Liberty Lake, Wash. November 30, 2010 — Itron has won a smart metering contract with Italy’s leading gas supplier, Italgas.

Over the next two years, Itron will deliver and install an end-to-end solution composed of electronic gas volume converters and GPRS two-way communication devices for an estimated 30,000 existing commercial and industrial gas meters.

In cooperation with Capgemini, Itron will also provide associated managed services including meter reading and maintenance.

According to the Italian Smart Meter Directives, Italgas is gradually upgrading its installed metering base in order to provide improved metering through gas converters and by introducing remotely-read hourly readings.

By meeting these requirements, Italgas will also be taking the opportunity to adopt the most advanced metering systems, further improving its services.

Itron products fully comply with the Italian Regulatory communication protocol, tariff and specific metering database requirements. In addition, the Itron solution provides interoperability using the DLMS Cosem protocol and data model, resulting in the certification of the metering system to the latest standards.

The end-to-end solution — from installation to the transmission of meter data to Italgas — will be performed with software tools designed specifically for this rollout, including an adaptation of Itron’s meter data collection software.

Device installation and maintenance will be managed by Itron’s existing field services network, which will be extended to cover this large deployment across Italy.

Itron will work closely with its preferred partners for the associated managed services. Capgemini will manage the reading and sending of data to Italgas, including a dedicated Help Desk Service. The communication services will be administered by Vodafone, who will provide innovative network management tools via GPRS.

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