New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- January 27, 2010 - The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has awarded a contract to Itron Inc. for the delivery of a complete remote meter reading system including 150,000 automated meter reading (AMR) water meters.

In an effort to secure its water distribution network and avoid water theft, illegal connections and leakages which results in a loss of 700 million litres of water per day in the city, MCGM is launching a significant water conservation initiative.

Early in 2009, MCGM awarded Itron a pilot phase for approximately 3,000 residential and C&I meters all of which were equipped with radio frequency (RF) modules. Over six months, Itron successfully ran the AMR pilot in partnership with Pratibha, Axelia and Unity, which were responsible for sourcing and maintaining the AMR water meters.

Following this pilot, which highlighted the flexibility and reliability of the system under harsh weather conditions in Mumbai, Itron’s solution was approved and the company was awarded half of the total contract. Itron’s share includes the supply of 150,000 water meters all equipped with EverBlu Cyble AMR modules and a complete meter reading system including handheld terminals and AnyQuest Mobile AMR software. This system allows the collection of historical daily consumption data, GPS functionalities, alerts for fraud attempts and leakage events as well as the possibility to migrate to the EverBlu fixed network solution in the future.

In addition, Itron will perform implementation and maintenance services and will train the meter readers of contractors to ensure the success of the deployment of this ground-breaking AMR project in India.  

“Mumbai will be able to optimize its operations and enhance customer service because of the dramatic improvement in quality and reliability of the data they can now collect,” commented Marcel Regnier, senior VP and COO of Itron International. “Itron is proud to take an active part in the modernization of the water distribution network in India and to contribute to the water conservation efforts of MCGM.”

The deployment is expected to be completed within two years.