Itron and Invensys team up to offer latest AMR and solid-state network metering technology


Spokane, WA – July 14, 2003 – Itron Inc. and Invensys Metering Systems – North America Inc. have collaborated on a new metering solution that integrates Itron’s 51ESS ERT AMR technology with the Invensys solid-state, single-phase residential meter.

The iCon Form 12S Electronic Meter with Integrated Itron 51ESS ERT, designed for network distribution services, 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, meter inversion and reverse rotation.

“The introduction of the Invensys iCon Form 12S Electronic Meter factory-equipped with an Itron 51ESS ERT module represents the latest success in Itron’s ongoing commitment to deliver open-architecture data collection solutions for leading solid-state metering platforms,” said Doug Staker, vice president of Itron’s Mobile and Network Telemetry Solutions Group. “By integrating Itron’s industry-leading AMR technology with the iCon Form 12S meter, we’re enabling utilities to extend the value of their Itron systems even further by enabling advanced data collection from residential network metering devices.”

“We are pleased to now be able to offer the Itron 51ESS ERT technology within iCon’s Form 12S meter,” said Arlin Rummel, iCon System Program Director for Invensys Metering Systems. “We have had great success with the iCon Form 2S Meter with the Integrated Itron 51ESS ERT that we introduced to the market last September. This addition provides one more valuable offering to the iCon family of products. As we strive to offer value-added solutions that meet customer requirements for AMR and energy management, adding new AMR solutions continues our strategy of becoming a total systems provider.”

About Itron

Itron is a technology provider and critical source of knowledge to the global energy and water industries. More than 2,800 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 industry-leading solutions for meter data collection, energy information management, demand side management and response, load forecasting, analysis and consulting services, transmission and distribution system design and optimization, web-based workforce automation, C&I customer care and residential energy management. To know more, start here: www.itron.com.

About Invensys Metering Systems

Invensys Metering Systems, an operating group of Invensys plc. and part of the Development Division, is a leading 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.

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