Hartford, CT, and Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 20, 2009 - The Metropolitan District (MDC) has begun deployment of Itron’s mobile automatic meter reading (AMR) system, the company has announced.

The efficiencies gained by using the AMR technology will allow the MDC to significantly reduce estimated bills and further enhance its relationships with customers.

The MDC plans to target 30,000 metering endpoints in the Connecticut towns of East Hartford, Farmington, Rocky Hill and West Hartford. Customers in Wethersfield, Newington, Hartford, Bloomfield and Windsor have already been completed under the initial phase of the project.

The MDC is also implementing MV-RS®, Itron’s data collection software for collection of meter data and mobile route management.

In addition to reducing costs associated with handheld meter reading, the technology is proven to significantly reduce estimated water bills, increase billing accuracy and eliminate the need to routinely access customer homes to read water meters.

Itron mobile AMR systems, key to its ChoiceConnect™ AMR data collection suite, use a vehicle equipped with a portable radio transceiver and laptop computer to gather consumption and tamper data from water endpoints.

“The Metropolitan District should be commended for their foresight in implementing this district-wide enhancement to further improve its operations and enhance customer service,” said Lou Gust, Itron vice president of sales and marketing. “The municipality’s commitment to its customers is consistent with its 80-year history of reliable service. Itron is proud to have been selected as the contractor to work on this important project.”