Itron and New Cosmos collaborate to improve gas safety


Itron and New Cosmos Electric Company, a supplier of gas detection equipment, announced they will improve gas safety for utilities with methane detectors from New Cosmos.

Through Itron’s developer programme, New Cosmos was able to incorporate the Milli 5 communications technology into its methane detector and seamlessly integrate into Itron’s multi-application utility network to improve safety for natural gas utilities.

New Cosmos’ battery-powered methane detectors, which will be deployed by a northeastern utility, are equipped to take advantage of the utility’s existing Itron network to provide greater safety to customers.

Enabling greater awareness of potential problems in the gas distribution system, the methane detectors can identify gas leaks and communicate to the network remotely from a utility’s command center.

Yoshinori Nishiue, senior director of engineering at New Cosmos, said: “With our methane detectors, utilities will be able to detect natural gas leaks in their territory and respond quickly to mitigate potential problems.

“We are excited to provide one of the first battery-powered methane detectors with wireless communication to ensure safe, efficient delivery of natural gas.”

Todd Thayer, technology partner enablement executive at Itron, added: “This project is a great example of the power of our developer program. New Cosmos was able to integrate our communication technology with its methane detector to connect this potentially life-saving technology to our network.