Smart infrastructure: Itron scores a triple play in Chinese eco-city

Mon, 2013-06-10 11:00 -- Jesse Berst

No city can afford to build duplicate, side-by-side smart infrastructure for each department.  It is essential for departments to starting sharing infrastructure and sharing costs. That's why we are so pleased to see Itron, a Founding Partner of the Smart Cities Council, using a single communications network to service water, gas and electric meters in Tianjin. Located just south of Beijing, Tianjin was one of the world's earliest "eco-cities." As such, it is a bellwether that is closely watched around the world. Learn more in the press release below. -- Jesse Berst


Itron Technology Forms Foundation for Smart City Movement in China with Sino-Singapore Eco-City Project in Tianjin

Itron deploys water, heat and gas meters, wireless fixed network, and software to measure and manage energy and water, enabling Tianjin to make smart decisions about city services

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. and TIANJIN, China — June 4, 2013 — Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today that it has successfully completed the installation of a combination of 25,000 smart water, heat and gas meters and communication modules as well as its fixed network for Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City in Tianjin, China. The comprehensive solution measures, collects and analyzes data from water, heat and gas meters.

Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City is a flagship government-to-government project between Singapore and China. Established in 2007, it is built on the vision of being "a thriving city which is socially harmonious, environmentally-friendly and resource-efficient." When completed in 2020, Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City is estimated to have approximately 350,000 residents.

Itron's EverBlu wireless fixed network system, which has provided data collection services to Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City for over two years, enables Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City to achieve its vision of energy and water resource conservation by providing actionable data such as high accuracy readings and reading rates, automatic meter reading and graphical data analysis to educate residents about their energy and water usage. It also helps simplify the billing process and provides detailed consumption information which reduces billing disputes with the end-user.

“We are very proud to collaborate with Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City and contribute to their vision of becoming a model for sustainable development," said Mingus Yu, general manager, Water and Heat, for Itron in China. “With this project, Itron is providing China's only unified platform that manages water, heat and gas data together under one system. Through this successful deployment, Itron is demonstrating its commitment to supporting the Chinese government's smart city plan.”

About Itron:

Itron is a global technology company. We build solutions that help utilities measure, manage and analyze energy and water. Our broad product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement and control technology; communications systems; software; and professional services. With thousands of employees supporting nearly 8,000 utilities in more than 100 countries, Itron empowers utilities to responsibly and efficiently manage energy and water resources. Join us in creating a more resourceful world; start here: www.itron.com

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Jesse Berst is the founding Chairman of the Smart Cities Council. Click to subscribe to SmartCitiesNow, the weekly newsletter highlighting smart city trends, technologies and techniques.