Montreal, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- May 26, 2011 - Montreal utility Hydro-Quebec has selected Landis+Gyr to deploy its next generation digital smart meter network – a project that will assist the company to improve grid reliability and bring operational efficiencies.

Under the agreement, valued at Ca$350 million (US$358 million), Landis+Gyr will install its Gridstream(TM) RF two-way communications infrastructure as well as 3 million FOCUS AX meters. In addition the company will provide a data management system, and associated software, service and support.

The deployment is set to begin with a nearly 30,000 smart meter pilot project in parts of Montreal, Boucherville and Magog later this year. The remaining smart meters are due installed from 2012 onwards, starting in the greater Montreal area, with completion in 2017.

“Landis+Gyr will provide a comprehensive end-to-end solution, thus guaranteeing the integrity of the entire metering system,” said Isabelle Courville, president of Hydro-Québec Distribution. “This advanced metering infrastructure will reduce our operating costs and thus benefit all our customers, while making it possible to gradually introduce new functions in response to their needs.”

The smart meter deployment, the largest in Canada and one of the biggest in North America, will allow Hydro-Quebec to capture key voltage and power quality data to enhance grid reliability. The project will also open the way to an energy efficient smart grid distribution network needed to secure, protect and conserve the power supply.

To support the deployment Landis+Gyr will establish a Center of Excellence for testing, calibration, inspection, meter assembly and network management, among other activities. The Center of Excellence also could serve as a platform for future growth as business expands across Canada, potentially providing local employment for up to two hundred.