ORBCOMM, a global satellite telecommunications company, has signed an agreement with meter manufacturer Itron Inc. to provide satellite data communication services for commercial and industrial meters. The two companies will work together to develop remote monitoring and control products for use around the world – and the first such product is the Itron C&I Gas Endpoint that provides a low-cost solution for daily reads from C&I gas meters.

The C&I Gas Endpoint reports hourly consumption data for more than 50 types of gas meter, and can alert customers to a variety of potential problems via a diagnostic reporting capability in near real time. Notifications are set to occur automatically at regular intervals, or can be initiated by polling or electronically contacting the meter. Customers can access meter information and export data by logging on to the Itron web site using their private account.