AMI-security partnership established


Russ Vanos,
Vice President
of Marketing, Itron
Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 27, 2009 – A partnership has been entered into between Itron Inc. and cyber risk protection solution provider Industrial Defender to offer security event management (SEM) for Itron’s OpenWay advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system.

The security architecture inherent to OpenWay, combined with Industrial Defender’s ID300B SEM platform, is designed to meet the security needs for true two-way AMI and smart grid networks. Under the terms of the agreement, Industrial Defender SEM technology will be used to manage, maintain and report on aggregated data from OpenWay CENTRON® meters, enabling Itron to support large bulk electricity providers with a secure control system data repository.

“Itron is dedicated to providing the most robust security available to protect our utility customers and their end users,” said Russ Vanos, vice president of marketing for Itron. “Industrial Defender’s solution provides a complete security event management capability specific to AMI, further enhancing our energy management and measurement technologies as we work toward development of the smart grid.”

“Itron is empowering bulk electricity providers to more effectively monitor, control, and report on security and performance information,” said Brian M. Ahern, president and CEO of Industrial Defender. “By leveraging Industrial Defender’s control system and SCADA expertise, Itron is now able to focus on enabling the smart grid, providing operational efficiencies, and allowing end customer participation in energy management and conservation efforts.”