Itron Inc. announced that it has shipped its 35 millionth gas communication module for the North American utility market. The recipient of the milestone device is NiSource Inc., whose companies deliver natural gas and electricity to 3.8 million customers throughout the U.S., including customers in seven states.
Itron’s two-way 100G Datalogging ERT module includes storage for 40 days of time-synchronized hourly data, and can act as a “black box,” providing investigators with flow rates through the meter in times of catastrophic events. The solution allows both mobile and fixed network customers to cost-effectively obtain data.
“Our gas distribution companies realized the customer and organizational benefits of AMR immediately following our initial deployments,” said Shawn Patterson, senior vice president and senior operations officer at NiSource. “The transition to the 100G allows us to expand the benefits across our customer base and will prepare us for future opportunities with AMI.”
“Itron is proud to partner with companies like NiSource, who have been long-time customers and have trusted Itron to deliver on their current and future needs, and have helped us reach this important delivery milestone,” said Carl Porter, vice president of gas product marketing for Itron. “We are listening to and anticipating customer needs, including solutions for a smart gas distribution network. We are busy integrating safety features, such as shut-off valves into the gas meter, and continuing to grow the value of AMR and AMI.”