Development partnership will provide public wireless communications technology


Malcolm UnsworthSPOKANE, WA — (METERING.COM) — October 26, 2006 — Itron Inc., a global technology provider to the energy and water utility industry, has announced that SmartSynch, a provider of wireless technology for the energy industry, will provide public wireless communications technology for OpenWay™, Itron’s new advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) platform that is currently under development.

SmartSynch’s development efforts will enable wide-area network (WAN) connectivity to OpenWay CENTRON® residential meters by providing an integrated, under-the-cover public wireless communications module for those utilities that intend to leverage networks like GPRS or Wi-Fi for transmission of all metering and event data from their meters. Like all other OpenWay network components, SmartSynch’s public wireless communications module for the meter will support the ANSI C12.22 standard for communication of metering-based data over a network.

“We are tremendously pleased to be partnering with Itron and be an integral part of this bold initiative,” said Stephen D. Johnston, SmartSynch CEO. “We’ve been working with Itron on this development for some time and we’re very pleased to formally announce this partnership to the marketplace.”

Because Itron’s OpenWay system architecture is based on open standards, utilities have a great deal of flexibility selecting communications technology appropriate for their needs. For utilities that choose to communicate with their meters via public wireless communication networks, Itron’s OpenWay metering devices will be embedded with SmartSynch’s wireless technology to facilitate two-way communications, interval and on-demand reads, outage notification, tamper and theft detection, remote firmware upgrades, and a host of additional advanced metering capabilities. The SmartSynch component supports data communications on multiple public wireless networks, including GSM/GPRS, CDMA/1xRTT and Wi-Fi.

“We want our customers to know that the OpenWay development effort is bringing together industry-leading technology providers such as SmartSynch and Itron to deliver a solution that sets a new standard for AMI technology,” said Malcolm Unsworth, senior vice president of Itron. “We believe Itron’s commitment to an open, standards-based architecture for OpenWay represents a fundamental change in the AMI technology landscape by giving our utility customers the freedom to bring together best-in-class technologies.”

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