Itron announces new business partner

Signs deal with Longmont, Colo.'s Metron-Farnier LLC, authorizing the water meter company to be a distributor of Itron automatic meter reading (AMR) technology. This agreement follows the product authorization of the Metron OER encoded register now deployed on all Spectrum and Enduro single-jet water meters...

SPOKANE, WA -- Sept. 15, 2005 -- Itron Inc. announced today it has signed an agreement with Metron-Farnier, LLC, authorizing the water meter company to be a distributor of Itron Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) technology.

This agreement follows the product authorization of the Metron OER encoded register now deployed on all Spectrum and Enduro single-jet water meters.

Metron-Farnier, based in Longmont, Colo., was established in 1990 to introduce one of the first single-jet water meters into the U.S. water meter market. The Spectrum product line offers the range of compound meters with a single moving part, resulting in extreme low flow measurement capabilities along with minimal maintenance. More than 500 U.S. water utilities are using Metron's single-jet technology.

Jeff Olson, Metron-Farnier Marketing Director, says the product synergy between the advanced single-jet meters and Itron's drive-by and fixed network solutions has produced immediate industry interest.

"The low-flow sensitivity of the encoded meters coupled with the advanced AMR capabilities give a water utility the best of all worlds -- accurate measurement, reliable communications and advanced data management. We look forward to partnering with Itron."

Diane Guffin, Itron Vice President Water System Sales, said Itron's drive-by and fixed network technologies are powerful tools to increase efficiency, reduce costs, provide consistent and accurate billing, enhance revenue protection and manage customer growth.

"We are delighted to work with Metron-Farnier to deliver value to our utility customers through advanced AMR and metering technology," Guffin said.

Itron (www.itron.com) is a leading technology provider and critical source of knowledge to the global energy and water industries. Nearly 3,000 utilities worldwide rely on Itron's award-winning technology to provide the knowledge they require to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water. Itron creates value for its clients by providing industry-leading solutions for electricity metering; meter data collection; energy information management; demand response; load forecasting, analysis and consulting services; distribution system design and optimization; web-based workforce automation; and enterprise and residential energy management.

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