Southwest Gas Corporation will automate more than one million natural gas meters with Itron automated meter reading (AMR) technology over the next three years. Under the terms of the contract Itron will provide the AMR modules, mobile data collection technology, application software and implementation and project management services. Itron will also serve as the prime contractor for installation of the meter modules.

Itron’s AMR technology allows utilities to collect data from natural gas, electricity and water meters automatically via radio signal. Up to now Southwest Gas has been using the technology in hard-to-read and high-growth areas of its service territory, and the new contract will result in the automation of over 1.7 million meters.