Itron Launches Intelligent Gas Meter

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Itron, Inc., which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, announced the launch of the Itron Intelis gas meter. The new meter transforms the gas distribution network from the one-way gas delivery mechanism that has been a standard for decades to an interactive energy network delivering gas more safely and efficiently. Featuring embedded intelligence, the meter is designed to increase safety for utility personnel, end customers and communities by enabling safety shutoff at all service points in a timely manner, among other features.

The Itron Intelis gas meter will operate in mobile mode and on the Itron OpenWay Riva and Gen5 IoT networks to deliver near real-time data and post-processing analytics. The intelligent meters act as edge computing devices, each functioning in unison with other intelligent devices and applications on the network to deliver high-resolution data. In that way, critical decisions, such as for consumer safety, can be made proactively to avoid incidents or to respond rapidly after an incident occurs.

"Efficient and sustainable operations will be key to utilities’ long-term success, and technology will play an important role in this. The introduction of intelligent edge devices, such as Itron’s Intelis gas meter, will equip utilities to ensure safety and operational efficiency," said Farah Saeed, research director at Frost & Sullivan.

The Itron Intelis gas meter is architected to protect consumer safety, provide operational savings and promote workforce protection:

"As we bring our first intelligent gas meter to utilities, we’ve incorporated our leading ERT technology into the meter, serving our mobile customers while bringing distributed intelligence to the edge of the network," said Carl Porter, president of Itron’s Gas business line. "The new capabilities enable a truly intelligent, connected utility network that adds value beyond just meter automation to resourceful use and management of gas delivery."

The Itron Intelis gas meter will be commercially available in Q4 2018 and will be compatible with the OpenWay Riva network. The meter will be available for the Gen 5 network in the second half of 2019.

SOURCE: Itron Inc.