Cape Town, South Africa --- (METERING.COM) --- March 18, 2011 - Itron Southern and Eastern Africa has been named as the winner of the Metering International Excellence Award for Africa for 2011.

The Award, which recognizes Itron Southern and Eastern Africa’s involvement in prepayment projects both within Africa and internationally as well as its local employee activities, was presented in the opening session of the annual African Utility Week this week.

Among the flagship projects that Itron Southern and Eastern Africa is involved are with Eskom in South Africa, Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC) in Kenya, EDM in Mozambique, and Azerigas in Azerbaijan.

The Eskom project has involved the deployment of a national prepayment vending platform using the Itron 3 E Vending System, which will be vend prepaid electricity online and in real time to approximately 4.5 million customers. As such it will be the largest electricity prepayment vending system in the world.

The KPLC project has included the supply to date of almost 100,000 Din split meters, while for EDM Itron Southern and Eastern Africa is to convert the existing offline prepayment system to online, enabling extended electricity purchase options through the use of 3rd party vendors such as petrol station, supermarkets and via scratch cards.

In Azerbaijan, Itron Southern and Eastern Africa has introduced a smart gas prepayment system with 65,000 meters in the city of Ganja.

Itron Southern and Eastern Africa’s innovative employee activities have included the receipt two years in a row of the internationally recognized BEST EmployersTM accreditation, and the company has achieved and surpassed the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Contributor Level 3 certification, which is a measure of progress towards employment equity, skills and social economic development.

The Award was accepted by Damian Padachi, managing director of Itron Southern and Eastern Africa.

“While Itron has built its legacy upon its industry leading technology, there is simply no substitute for the impact that our people have on our success,” commented Padachi. “Our industry insight and innovation has emerged from the hard work and dedication from our employees. Through our commitment to our employees, we can increase our customer’s success by attracting and maintaining world-class talent.”