Press Release

Itron to Unveil New Modular Metering and Communication Platform at Metering Europe

Itron's innovative, modular, interoperable and secure platform will help utilities invest with confidence in the smart grid

ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France—September 30, 2011—Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today the launch of its new generation metering and communication platform. Designed to anticipate technical evolution and to protect investments, Itron's metering and communication platform enables utilities to address future market requirements by offering an interoperable, modular and secure foundation for future smart grid applications.

Based on open standards, this new platform reflects Itron's commitment to interoperability. It has been designed to seamlessly integrate with several international communication standards, ensuring true communication technology interoperability and increased options for utilities.

Furthermore, Itron's new metering and communication platform is built upon a modular architecture, accommodating two external, field swappable modules affording various communication technologies (PLC, GPRS, UMTS/3G, Ethernet, Mesh RF, Zigbee, MBus wireless, and so on). This translates into easy adaptability of communications to both the local area network (LAN) and the home area network (HAN), as requirements and technologies evolve.

Another key capability of Itron's new generation metering and communication platform lies in the remote upgradeability of applications and protocols, making the platform easily extensible and future-proof. This provides utilities with greater flexibility to face fast-evolving regulatory requirements.

Also fundamental to the new Itron metering and communication platform is that security is included by-design. A variety of potential threats were taken in to account during the development of the platform.

"This innovation reflects Itron's partnership approach to listen, understand and analyze in detail the real market use cases of each individual utility and provide tailored solutions," said Jean-François Brun, Itron vice president Global Marketing, Energy. "Our new metering and communication platform will result in simplifying infrastructure investments and securing these investments against obsolescence and technology evolution for utilities."

To learn more about the functionalities of this modular metering and communication platform, visit the Itron booth at Metering Europe #C20.

About Itron

Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure solutions 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:

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