The Piedmont Natural Gas Company has signed a contract with Itron Inc. to automate data collection from 945,000 natural gas meters. The deployment is expected to finish in October 2007.

Piedmont will read its meters using Itron's Mobile AMR technology, which allows accurate data to be collected via radio signal. The utility focuses on efficient operations and high levels of customer service, and believes that the benefits and value of implementing AMR technology will enhance both its operations and the levels of customer satisfaction.

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