Vectren Energy Delivery, a US-based utility, is to expand deployment of Itron’s AMR technology, adding another 60,000 AMR modules for a total of 115,000 gas meters to be automated by the first quarter of 2006.

Vectren has approximately 330,000 gas meters, many of them indoors, making it difficult for meter readers to access them. Itron’s Mobile AMR technology allows meter reads to be gathered efficiently via radio signal by a utility vehicle equipped with a portable computer. Vectren says  its goal is to eliminate estimated reads and improve billing accuracy, which improves customer satisfaction.