Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 15, 2010 - Azerbaijan gas transmission, distribution and sales company Azerigas Production Union (PU) is to implement Itron’s integrated smart payment solution in the Republic’s capital city, Baku.

Itron will deliver smart payment meters and smart cards, along with its Eclipse Enterprise Edition prepayment management software. Deliveries, which started in March 2010, will take place during the coming year, as part of a phased nationwide rollout plan by the Azerbaijan government.

The project will include the installation of smart payment meters, together with Itron’s Eclipse prepayment management software allowing consumers to purchase meter credit with their smart cards through a network of vending channels including self service terminals.

Through the implementation of this smart payment system, Azerigas PU aims to provide convenience to consumers by improving the level of utility services rendered.
 
“Itron is very proud to be part of such a significant project representing a genuine breakthrough in Central Asia,” commented Marcel Regnier, senior VP and COO, Itron International. “No doubt this initiative will be recognized as an important benchmark, both in the region and internationally.”