Russ Vanos,
Vice President of
Marketing, Itron
 
Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 3, 2007 — Itron Inc has announced a partnership with RouteSmart Technologies, a software provider specializing in route optimization solutions for complex, high-density utility industry routing applications that will improve cycle day balancing and meter crew workload balance. The software also provides precise route recommendations.

“RouteSmart has an established track record and already shares many key clients in the energy and water industry,” said Russ Vanos, Itron’s vice president of marketing. “As the industry leader, Itron now combines the best in automated meter reading with the top technology for route optimization via our partnership with RouteSmart.”

Under terms of the agreement, Itron and RouteSmart will build and support integration modules to each others’ software systems, which will integrate both Itron and RouteSmart’s products through a more seamless data exchange. The companies will also collaborate exclusively on joint proposals for metering projects where route optimization is required.

RouteSmart, based in Columbia, Maryland, computes route recommendations with address-specific, side-of-street-level precision and models both driving and walking route planning problems. Their software also delivers analytics for workload balancing and territory planning. In situations where routes are outdated, such as high growth areas, mergers/acquisition of another utility, or implementation of automated meter reading (AMR) technology, RouteSmart can quickly update a utility’s cycle day and route read plans.