Itron launches TL-Pro transmission line design software

Spokane, WA, September 13, 2002 — Itron Inc. announced the release and commercial availability of TL-Pro(tm), a transmission line design software platform to provide engineers with a tool for productivity, efficiency, and cost optimization in the design, construction and maintenance of transmission lines and related assets.

“There is now industry-wide recognition that upgrading and renewing our transmission infrastructure is a critical step to ensuring the efficient and reliable operation of our energy delivery system,” said Bill Brown, vice president of Itron’s Transmission and Distribution Solutions Group, formerly LineSoft Corporation, which Itron acquired in March.

“Utilities and energy companies that own and operate hugely expensive transmission assets face a key challenge in ensuring that the transmission line design process is optimized to meet precise requirements for reliability, safety, efficiency and capacity at the lowest possible cost. Itron’s TL-Pro software was designed to meet this challenge head on and ensure that our clients get maximum value out of every transmission dollar they spend.”

“The development of the TL-Pro software platform has been a collaborative partnership between Itron software engineers and Itron’s core of experienced transmission engineers,” said Fred Behrmann, P.E., product architect for Itron’s Transmission and Distribution Solutions Group.

“From the beginning, we’ve worked closely with line design engineers from leading utilities and engineering firms, as well as our own Engineering Services group to deliver the innovative features and functionality that are most important to our customers’ success,” said Behrmann.

“The result is a powerful, yet very easy-to-use design application that will enable engineering teams to achieve significant improvements in overall design quality, designer productivity, design cycle time and optimization of construction costs.”

Featuring open systems architecture, robust data management capabilities, new 3-D modeling and visualization technology, and powerful new calculation and optimization tools for design scenario comparison, TL-Pro is designed to transform not only the science and art of transmission line design, but the business of line design as well, Behrmann said.

“We’re confident that the capabilities of TL-Pro will enable design engineers to consistently achieve substantial design and construction cost savings compared to traditional design methods. With the high price of transmission line build out, this is a great opportunity for our customers to reduce capital expenditures.”

“This initial release of the TL-Pro suite, which we call ‘TL-Pro Designer,’ delivers the features and functionality our customers said they need first,” Behrmann said. “But that’s just the beginning. The object-oriented architecture of the TL-Pro platform has been designed to accommodate continuous upgrades, improvements and add-on packages in the months ahead. Planned enhancements to the TL-Pro family include management of design standards, structural analysis, and interfaces to other systems such as GIS and workforce management.

About Itron
Itron is a technology provider and critical source of knowledge to the global energy and water industries. More than 2,000 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, C&I customer care, load management and demand response, transmission and distribution system design software and services, and web-based workforce automation.

Itron’s website can be found at www.itron.com

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