Advanced meter integration projects

Liberty Lake, Wash. and Atlanta, Ga.—Itron Inc. and Landis+Gyr announced they intend to integrate each company’s smart grid communication technology into the other company’s advanced meter. By integrating Landis+Gyr communications technology into the Itron CENTRON II meter and Itron communications into the Landis+Gyr FOCUS AX-SD meter, this greatly expands the choices utilities have in deploying sophisticated metering systems.

“These projects represent an important extension of our development effort to build the products our utility customers are seeking,” said Jeff Carkhuff, vice president of Product Management at Landis+Gyr. “The projects also support the companies’ commitment to giving utilities technology options with the best performance and cost effectiveness for each application.”

The two companies are developing integrated communications, providing compatibility with Landis+Gyr Gridstream and Itron OpenWay systems. One project involves Landis+Gyr building a Gridstream RF communications module for Itron’s CENTRON II meter, which provides the same robust meter functionality available on the Itron OpenWay platform. Landis+Gyr and Itron expect to announce general product availability before the end of this year.

The other project involves Itron integrating its OpenWay communications module into the Landis+Gyr FOCUS AX-SD meter, delivering on the promise of an open and interoperable solution, while also providing utilities with a second meter source for the OpenWay architecture. The OpenWay-enabled FOCUS meter is scheduled for commercial release in the third quarter of this year.

“Our customers have asked for multi-vendor systems. Working on these projects with Landis+Gyr demonstrates our dedication to offering best-of-breed solutions,” said Russ Vanos, vice president and general manager sales and marketing, Itron North America. “By enabling system interoperability, we can help utilities of all sizes reduce both implementation and ongoing communications costs, as well as improve efficiencies and accelerate return on investment.”

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