Avista Utilities in northern Idaho has signed a contract with Itron Inc. to install AMR technology for 107,000 customers. The deployment includes over 60,000 CENTRON solid state electricity meters equipped with Itron embedded AMR technology, and 52,270 Itron AMR gas endpoints for installation on natural gas meters. The data will be gathered remotely using low-frequency radio waves by equipment installed on distribution facilities and in Avista vehicles.

The utility will see cost savings from taking more vehicles off the road, since fewer trucks will be needed to read meters.

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