Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 7, 2008 – Itron Inc., a technology provider to the global energy and water industries consisting of Itron in North America and Actaris outside of North America, has announced that it has shipped more than 1 million SENTINEL solid-state commercial and industrial (C&I) meters, with shipments in 2007 being 15 percent higher than in 2006.
The SENTINEL is an accurate solid-state, polyphase meter that was designed for high-end C&I customers, including industrial sites, stadiums, hospitals and substations. It was introduced five years ago to provide affordable state-of-the art polyphase metering technology on a flexible platform for easy upgrade and enhancement to meet industry demands for improved accuracy, reliability and cost-effectiveness for C&I customers.
“Itron’s leadership in the C&I market is evident when you look at the exceptional growth of Itron’s C&I product line,” said Lowell Rust, director of Itron product marketing for electricity metering. “The VECTRON meter made its debut in 1993 and by the time Itron ended that meter line, we had produced more than a million meters in 11 years. The SENTINEL meter has shipped more than a million meters in less than half the time.”
With roughly 18 million C&I customers in the market, a milestone of one million commercial and industrial meters shipped is a significant accomplishment, says Rust. Nearly a half-million C&I meters were shipped in 2007, an Itron record.
The SENTINEL has many features and functions, including load profile read/energy usage retrieval (retrieves and transmits interval data for up to eight unique energy values); register and billing reads; load profile near term interval read (used to monitor usage during load curtailment or real time pricing premium period events); power outage and power restoration alarms (transmitting a last gasp notification when detecting and AC power outage at the metering point); meter diagnostics (and tamper detection) alerts and meter clock monitoring and correction, and other functions. The architecture integrates easily into existing systems and provides a long life of low maintenance, efficient operation and extremely flexible upgrade capability.