Felixstowe, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — June 17, 2009 – Itron, Inc. has announced that Itron Metering Solutions UK Ltd (formerly Actaris UK Ltd) is launching EnergyPOINT.net™, an innovative internet-based smart energy solution for energy customers in the United Kingdom.
The new device will let utilities offer consumers the latest smart energy technology using the proven TaleXus smart pay-as-you-go (PAYG) platform. EnergyPOINT.net™ will allow consumers using a smart key PAYG meter the convenience of purchasing energy credit and managing payments online.
EnergyPOINT.net™ is Itron’s latest smart energy PAYG offering and comes after the successful trial of EnergyPOINT®. The new product allows utilities to offer their existing smart payment key meter customers a convenient and secure method of purchasing credit in real time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new technology will enable consumers to purchase their energy from any computer that has access to the internet by using an EnergyPOINT.net™ device.
Consumers will top up their smart key by inserting it into a specially designed unit that plugs into a computer’s USB port. They will be able to add credit to their meter by accessing a custom webpage, via their utility’s website, and will purchase energy using a debit card.
With over three million energy customers having access to smart key PAYG technology across the entire UK energy market, EnergyPOINT.net™ is well placed to lead the smart energy technological revolution.
“The smart key remains the leading energy payment technology, serving the PAYG energy segment in the United Kingdom,” said Nigel Butcher, general manager of Itron UK. “Maintaining our strong focus on continued investment in new technologies in products, systems and services has allowed us to deliver this latest advanced solution in smart payment.”