Industry News

New Itron & WaterSmart Software Alliance

Itron, Inc., and WaterSmart Software announced a new alliance, which will expand Itron’s water Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) portfolio in North America to include WaterSmart’s consumer engagement technology. The technology helps utilities become more water efficient by engaging consumers with their water usage and delivering actionable data to utilities.

Itron to Showcase OpenWay Riva Iot Solution at ACE

Itron, Inc. announced that it will showcase its next generation OpenWay Riva IoT solution at the Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE) held by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

Itron Launches STEM Curriculum

Itron Inc., a technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, announced the launch of an interactive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum, Resourcefulness: An Introduction to the Energy-Water Nexus. The educational app was developed by University of Texas professor Michael E. Webber, an expert on the water-energy nexus, and Disco Learning Media, a full-service creative agency and educational consulting firm. Itron is making this educational app available to students globally.

Itron Contributes to Smart Cities Readiness Guide

Itron, Inc., a technology and services company and founding member and lead partner of the Smart Cities Council, announced that it is providing guidance to cities to become smarter through contributions to the Smart Cities Readiness Guide. The Readiness Guide is the world’s framework for government leaders to enhance the livability, workability and sustainability of their cities. It is currently in use by thousands of cities around the world to help shape their future initiatives.

Itron Modernizes Jerusalem Water Undertaking Infrastructure

Itron, Inc., a company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, announced that it has completed the modernization of Jerusalem Water Undertaking’s (JWU) water system infrastructure. A non-profit, independent, civil organization in the Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate of Palestine, JWU is using Itron’s AMI-ready, volumetric water meters to accurately and reliably deliver water to residential customers and reduce apparent non-revenue water losses in its system.

Itron Introduces Itron Idea Labs to Accelerate Innovation

Itron, Inc., a technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, announced the launch of Itron Idea Labs, an organization within Itron that is dedicated to developing new business opportunities in high-growth industries and emerging markets utilizing Itron Riva technology. Itron Riva is a distributed intelligence platform that supports sensing technologies and dynamic applications at the device level.

Itron Recognized in 2015 Gartner Report

Itron Inc. has announced that Gartner Inc. has positioned its meter data management (MDM) solution in the “Leaders” quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Meter Data Management Products. This is the third consecutive year that Itron has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant.

North Miami Beach Selects Water Metering Solution

Itron Inc. announced that the city of North Miami Beach, Fla.’s water utility, which serves 170,000 water customers in Northern Miami-Dade County, has selected Itron to help modernize its water distribution system and recover lost water. The utility will use Itron’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), leak detection solution and cloud-based analytics to more effectively manage the delivery of water resources, reduce non-revenue water and conserve resources.

Global Survey Explores National Resourcefulness, Economic Competitiveness

Itron Inc. announced the release of the second annual Itron Resourcefulness Index, a global survey and benchmark of the state of resourcefulness across energy and water.

Itron Named Smart City Company of the Year

Itron Inc. has been presented the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award for the smart city market. The award recognizes Itron’s smart city growth strategy and excellence in implementation, as well as its market expansion, diversified offerings, year-over-year growth in customer wins and repeat business.

Romania’s Largest Water Utility Selects Metering System

Itron Inc. announced that Apa Nova Bucureşti, the largest water utility in Romania serving two million customers, selected Itron to help modernize its water metering system. Over the next four years, Apa Nova Bucureşti will install Itron’s water meters for high-use customers and multifamily buildings, which will allow the utility to better manage and conserve water resources.

Itron, i2O Water Announce Alliance to Offer Smart Pressure Management Solutions

Itron Inc. announced a new alliance with i2O Water. The collaboration will expand Itron’s water portfolio and round out its non-revenue water (NRW) offering. i2O’s technology helps minimize non-revenue water by reducing physical water losses in the distribution network.

Netherlands Water Supplier to Receive Water Meters

Itron Inc. signed a four-year contract to supply water meters to Evides Waterbedrijf, water supplier to 2.5 million customers in the Western Netherlands. The utility will use Itron’s AMI-ready volumetric water meters to accurately and reliably manage water delivery to residential customers.

Two Utilities to Share Itron Communication Network

The city of Bismarck, N.D.’s water department will manage its water distribution system using the Itron network deployed by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU), a provider of electric and natural gas service to parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Itron Selects Microsoft Azure as Preferred Cloud Platform

Itron Inc. announced its intent to use Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform for Itron Analytics. The cloud computing and infrastructure platform will provide a secure, reliable and cost-effective option for hosting Itron Analytics, Itron’s analytic application that harnesses the value of the data generated by utility smart grid and smart distribution investments.

San Antonio to Host Itron Utility Week

Itron Utility Week is a customer-focused event providing utilities with the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with Itron employees, partners and industry leaders to drive better management of energy and water resources. This year’s conference, Oct. 17 to 24, 2014 at the JW Marriott San Antonio, is focused on how utilities are being resourceful to improve their organizations and the communities they live in, every day.

Itron, OSIsoft Integrate Technology

Itron Inc. will collaborate with OSIsoft LLC to enable data sharing between their solutions by integrating OSIsoft’s PI System, real-time infrastructure for streaming data and events, with Itron Analytics, an analytics application providing business intelligence. The integration is designed to enable water utilities to analyze performance of the distribution network in real-time. Integration work is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.

Malta Water Provider Expands Large-scale Smart Water Program

Itron Inc. announced that Malta’s Water Services Corp., water provider to 400,000 residents and more than one million annual tourists in the Mediterranean’s island of Malta, has expanded its contract with Itron as a part of Malta’s nationwide water grid. The utility has successfully installed 120,000 Itron smart water meters and has signed a contract for an additional 33,000. The meters, as part of the smart water grid program, and are helping increase operational efficiency and improve customer service.

Saudi Arabia Utility Deploys Technology to Support Water Conservation

Itron Inc. announced that Saudi Arabia’s National Water Co. (NWC) is installing Itron’s water technology to help the city of Jeddah conserve water resources. Itron meters and communication modules will enable NWC to measure water consumption more accurately, helping the utility and its customers better utilize the country’s scarce water resources.

Itron Releases Global Survey of Utility Industry

Itron Inc. announced the release of the first-ever “Itron Resourcefulness Index,” a global survey of the state of the utility industry.

The survey finds the industry at a critical tipping point, with 94% of utility executives believing the industry needs to be transformed and 80% of consumers dissatisfied with the current amount of information they are receiving from their utility. The findings highlight the need for utilities to do more to achieve operational efficiencies and to take a more active role in educating consumers about energy and water use.