Newton, MA and Ocala, FL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 22, 2010 - The City of Newton, Massachusetts, has selected Elster's evolution™ fixed network (evoNet™) advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution for a system-wide AMI implementation and meter replacement, which will include the installation of the company’s new evoQ4 solid state meters.

The evolution AMI system is a fully automated wireless two-way smart metering technology solution that allows water utilities to obtain on-demand readings, real time leak detection, and tampering or backflow notification. With the evoNet system, utilities can efficiently implement management tools to reduce costs, improve customer service and begin to monitor interval consumption patterns for water.

“Water is a limited resource that needs to be protected and has become a critical issue for the entire nation,” said Fred Russell, director of utilities for the City of Newton. “Elster’s evolution AMI system will allow the City of Newton to offer our residents more timely and accurate billing, help the city better detect water leaks and support increased water conservation.”

The City of Newton will replace nearly 25,000 meters on residential and commercial accounts over an 18 month period. The fixed network system, consisting of an array of evoGate™ central collectors, strategically located throughout the utility's service area, can acquire meter readings from customers and relay them back to the utility's billing office on a daily schedule or on-demand, allowing for more accurate water meter readings.

Thomas Gwynn, president of Elster AMCO Water added: “We are excited that the City of Newton, and other water utilities across North America, are selecting the flexibility and functionality of Elster’s evolution AMI system to enhance conservation, empower customers and optimize billing.”