October 4, 2011 - Itron Inc. has announced the launch of its new generation metering and communication platform. Designed to anticipate technical evolution and to protect investments, Itron’s metering and communication platform enables utilities to address future market requirements by offering an interoperable, modular and secure foundation for future smart grid applications.

Based on open standards, this new platform reflects Itron’s commitment to interoperability. It has been designed to seamlessly integrate with several international communication standards, ensuring true communication technology interoperability and increased options for utilities.

Furthermore, Itron’s new metering and communication platform is built upon a modular architecture, accommodating two external, field swappable modules affording various communication technologies (PLC, GPRS, UMTS/3G, Ethernet, Mesh RF, Zigbee, MBus wireless, and so on). This translates into easy adaptability of communications for both end-user and utility, as requirements and technologies evolve.

Another key capability of Itron’s new generation metering and communication platform lies in the remote upgradeability of applications and protocols, making the platform easily extensible and future-proof. This provides utilities with greater flexibility to face fast-evolving regulatory requirements.

Also fundamental to the new Itron metering and communication platform is that security is included by-design. A variety of potential threats were taken in to account during the development of the platform.

“This innovation reflects Itron’s partnership approach to listen, understand and analyze in detail the real market use cases of each individual utility and provide tailored solutions,” said Jean-François Brun, Itron vice president Global Marketing, Energy. “Our new metering and communication platform will result in simplifying infrastructure investments and securing these investments against obsolescence and technology evolution for utilities.”