US technology giant Itron has announced that Japan’s third largest utility Chubu Electric Power will use its smart grid software to collect data from around 10 million smart meters.

Itron’s flexible OpenWay Collection Engine software, which will be deployed at the utility by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, will collect and relay data from field routers and smart meters to the utility’s meter data management system.

Yukitoki Tsukamoto, deputy general manager and project manager for the project, said: “Mitsubishi Electric Corporation chose to collaborate with Itron based on the proven scalability and maturity of its systems.”

“We look forward to working with an industry-leading company with the experience to deliver smart metering benefits at scale to Chubu Electric Power Company.”

Itron already has a foot in the Japanese market through an alliance signed in 2012 with Panasonic, which sees the two companies jointly developing smart meters that are sold directly to electricutilities.

Following government authorisation for a national smart meter roll out, Japan is expected to install about 80 million units in the next eight years.

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