Liberty Lake, WA and Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 19, 2011 – Itron and Tantalus Systems have announced a partnership to deliver a wide range of smart metering and smart grid benefits to electric and multi-service public utilities.
The commitment is aimed to ensure that public utilities across North and Central America will be able to provide increased levels of customer service, greater service reliability, improved efficiency and access to usage information that smart metering delivers.
The collaboration will combine Itron’s SENTINEL® and CENTRON™ electricity meters as well as its gas and water ERT modules together with Tantalus’ communications network, TUNet®, for a solution that is tailored specifically to the cooperative and public utility markets. Uniting TUNet with Itron’s electricity meters will allow the companies to offer a solution that accommodates smart metering, demand response and distribution automation for these markets, which includes nearly 40 million electricity meters. Coupling the capabilities of Itron’s advanced gas and water modules into this flexible communications platform will address the unique needs of combination utilities, which includes up to 20 million gas and water meters in this space, and it provides customers a cost effective path to smart metering while utilizing previously deployed Itron ERT modules.
“Our combined solution delivers on the promise that all utility companies should be able to leverage their current installed base of equipment to deliver the benefits of smart grid to all customers,” stated Philip Mezey, Itron president and COO, Energy. “We are excited about joining our technology with the infrastructure Tantalus has developed for a complete, integrated solution for our cooperative and public utility customers.”
“Together, we will leverage existing and future electric, gas and water metering endpoints to help public utilities make their grids smarter,” said Eric Murray, Tantalus president and CEO. “This partnership also allows us to share the benefits of Itron’s sales experience and distributor network.”