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Press Release

Itron Announces Release of its 80W-i Water Meter Endpoint

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. — June 11, 2009 — Itron Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today the release of its 80W-i water meter endpoint, a innovative, integrated automated meter reading (AMR) module for Itron’s family of water meters, including the Flostar, Multimag and Woltex.

“Combining the 80W-i and Itron meters into a single offering delivers increased meter accuracy over a wide-range of flow rates along with proven AMR performance,” said Thomas Butler, director of water product marketing for Itron. “Add in the choices and flexibility inherent to our ChoiceConnect™ AMR data collection suite, and water utilities are afforded an unsurpassed automated reading solution. With the 80W-i, utilities can migrate between data collection systems as their business needs change.”

The 80W-i differentiates itself with installation and maintenance improvements including a wire-free connection to the meter, as well as easy retrofitting to existing Itron meters in the field. The module also introduces enhanced power output for increased radio performance in RF-unfriendly pit environments.

The 80W-i is developed with Itron’s field proven performance and compliments its line of highly accurate Itron meters. The endpoint offers standard consumption messages, tamper alerts and behind-the-meter leak detection, while boasting a 20-year battery life, as well as low- or high-output power.

The City of Maryville, Tenn., recently deployed the new 80W-i along with Flostar meters and immediately realized benefits. Along with accounting for actual usage attributed to the higher accuracy of the Flostar meters, Maryville experienced read rate with the 80W-ithat exceeded expectations and decreased the number of missed reads and shortened route times.

“More than anything, Itron’s introduction of the 80W-i module is a reflection of our responsiveness to the needs of our customers,” concluded Butler. “In our efforts to help utilities reduce labor costs, increase billing accuracy and improve customer service, the 80W-i is an integral part of our meter and AMR solution.”

The 80W-i is used exclusively with Itron water meters and can be read by the full suite of ChoiceConnect™ collection systems such as the FC200SR and FC300SR handhelds; the MC Lite and MC3 mobile collection systems; and the Fixed Network and related software applications, including MV-RS® and Field Collection System.


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Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. Join us: www.itron.com.

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