San Ramon, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 7, 2007 – The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in residential, commercial and industrial applications, has announced that Itron Inc. is now a Promoter level member and the newest member of the ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors. Itron has been a Participant level member since 2006. The Promoter level enjoys additional benefits and voting rights while serving on the ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors.
Itron is a provider of solid-state electricity meters and advanced metering technology. Its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution, OpenWay™, is based on open-architecture and leverages ZigBee's ability to connect wirelessly to ZigBee home area networks. OpenWay delivers advanced, two-way communication technology which enables utilities to meet their business needs for meter data collection and to communicate with a large variety of energy consuming devices, such as air conditioners, household appliances, hot water heaters and pool pumps to more effectively and efficiently use energy.
"Since ZigBee is an open global standard, utilities can benefit from unprecedented new opportunities to implement demand response and other new programs stemming from AMI rollouts," said Philip Mezey, senior vice president and COO for Itron North America. "Joining the Board of Directors allows Itron to work more closely with ZigBee to promote energy management and efficiency solutions which ultimately help the environment and energy customers everywhere."
"Itron's commitment to open standards and the ZigBee Alliance substantially reinforces the emerging trend to offer utilities robust and secure AMI solutions utilizing ZigBee technology," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "Itron's leadership and know-how, garnered over years of serving as a technology provider to the global energy and water industries, will be of great value to the Alliance in developing best in class solutions