Adelaide, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- January 8, 2010 - Itron, Inc. has announced that it has been awarded a contract of 100,000 water meters and associated automated meter reading (AMR) system by four utilities of Victoria State, Australia.

City West Water, South East Water, Yarra Valley Water and Barwon Water issued a common tender to purchase and install residential and C&I meters for Victoria over the next three years. Among the total quantity of meters required, 40 percent had to be equipped with AMR devices in order to develop mobile meter reading system, necessary in this area to optimize meter reading. Itron, already a supplier of these utilities, has been chosen to supply the 100,000 meters, which is 100 percent of these AMR ready C&I and residential meters.

“South East Water has had a long and fruitful business relationship with Itron for nearly two decades and we see this continuing as we move towards intelligent water networks,” said Mike Busetti, South East Water metering manager.

In parallel to the tender, Itron successfully ran a pilot for its fixed wireless mesh network, EverBlu, with South East Water. Last August, Itron equipped two buildings in Melbourne with approximately 350 EverBlu Cyble radio meter interface units.

“Even facing challenging RF conditions, Itron managed to receive once a day hourly data from 99.7 percent of the installed meters,” explained Sheena Trumble, general manager of Itron Australia.