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TMCNet:  Itron plans 3G cellular platform based on Qualcomm smart grid chipsets

[January 30, 2013]

Itron plans 3G cellular platform based on Qualcomm smart grid chipsets

Jan 30, 2013 (TELECOMWORLDWIRE via COMTEX) -- Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) said it is collaborating with Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. on a next-generation smart energy platform that leverages cellular technology through the use of Qualcomm's Gobi MDM8x15 chipset offered by Qualcomm Technologies.

The new Itron smart meters will bring greater choices to utility customers deploying smart metering solutions and further strengthen Itron's integrated cellular offerings.

The new platform will combine Itron's OpenWay smart meters with Qualcomm Technologies' Gobi MDM8x15 multi-mode modem and integrated application processor, enabling a streamlined and cost-optimized solution. With support for multiple 3G standards (UMTS/HSPA or CDMA2000), extensibility to 4G-LTE and backwards compatibility with 2G technologies, this solution will have a global footprint. These advantages combine to enable emerging smart energy applications that require greater amounts of granular data such as distribution automation, demand response, distributed generation, pre-paid metering, electric vehicle integration and Volt/Var monitoring.

The cellular solution will enable utilities to deploy their smart grid devices regardless of their service territory geography - as a standalone solution, for in-fill coverage gaps or in combination with other access technologies. Cellular allows utilities to deploy meters, grid devices and sensors on commercially available cellular IP networks.

Itron is a global technology company. The company's website is at www.itron.com.

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