Southern California Edison deploys smart meters by Itron

Washington, D.C., September 21, 2009 — Itron Inc. began full field deployment for its OpenWay advanced metering infrastructure solution to Southern California Edison, an electric service provider to nearly 14 million people in central, coastal and southern California.

By the end of 2012, Itron will have shipped more than 4 million OpenWay residential and small-commercial smart electricity meters.

These digital, two-way communicating meters will measure electricity usage up-to-the minute and, when fully implemented, will enable customers to track how much they use, and how much it costs them.

As part of its Edison SmartConnect program, SCE plans to offer customers time-of-use rates, as well as peak-time rebates and critical-peak pricing programs — all of which are immediately supported within the new AMI system. Many of these features will go into effect in the second half of 2010.

Meters from the newly installed population were commissioned to verify full system operation and smart grid support. The devices successfully registered, authenticated and were read interactively using Itron’s enhanced security architecture based on elliptic curve cryptography.

Encryption and key management appliances from Itron’s partner, Certicom, successfully secured end-to-end messages from the OpenWay Collection Engine down to end devices on the OpenWay system.

Itron Inc. is a technology provider to the global energy and water industries.

An Edison International company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area.

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