National Grid Selects Itron and Cisco’s Smart Grid Solution for Pilot Program

  National Grid Selects Itron and Cisco’s Smart Grid Solution for Pilot

  Secure multi-application smart grid solution leads to deployment of 15,000

Business Wire

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- January 15, 2013

Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI) announced today that National Grid, a supplier of
electricity to approximately 3.4 million customers in the Northeast, has
selected Itron’s smart grid solution which uses Cisco’s multi-application
communications network for the utility’s 10,000 meter Smart Grid Pilot Program
in Worcester, Mass. This project adds to the successful 5,000 meter early
field trial (EFT) that started in February 2012 in Worcester. National Grid
will begin deploying the full pilot in early 2013.

The expanded Smart Grid Pilot Program will leverage and build upon the smart
grid infrastructure from the EFT. National Grid will also expand the highly
secure IPv6 communication network based on Cisco’s GridBlocks^TM architecture
and Cisco Connected Grid routers. Back office applications, including Itron’s
meter data management, collection engine and reporting software, Cisco’s
Connected Grid Network Management System, and other third party application
software will continue to be provided through Itron’s cloud computing and
Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.

National Grid’s Smart Grid Pilot will evaluate the integration of home
automation, dynamic pricing and distribution automation as a mechanism to
improve service reliability and save customers money through increased energy
awareness. The pilot will provide customers access to detailed energy usage
information, which customers can access online, with cell phone apps or
through a variety of technologies installed in homes and businesses.

During the EFT, Itron, Cisco and National Grid collaborated to test and
demonstrate the capabilities of the new IPv6 communication network. This
included operating multiple applications simultaneously over the IPv6 network
composed of advanced metering, home area networking and distribution
automation. The field trial also successfully demonstrated remote and secure
technology upgradability over the air, and network load balancing and
monitoring. The smart grid communication network received high marks for
end-to-end system reliability and resiliency where the network effectively
recovered and rebalanced itself after simulated failures and outages. These
capabilities were effectively utilized and further evaluated in supporting
National Grid’s efforts to restore power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

“We have been very pleased with the results of the early field trial. Our goal
from the beginning has been to test and validate the smart grid solution
before we fully deploy it to our customers. We look forward to working with
Itron and Cisco on this next phase of implementing our Smart Grid Pilot
Program,” said Cheri Warren, vice president, Asset Management for National

“National Grid has taken a very thoughtful and innovative approach to
deploying smart grid technologies, focusing on a comprehensive and scalable
solution that will enable rapid scale-up in the future,” said Russ Vanos, vice
president of global smart grid and business development at Itron. “The results
of this pilot will surely influence the industry as we look to evolve smart
grid communications from proprietary systems to true multi-application
networks built on open standards.”

“National Grid’s new, highly secure multi-application communications network
will help transform its operations as well support programs that engage and
empower customers to make informed choices about their energy use.Cisco is
proud to be a part of such an innovative and exciting smart grid
implementation,” said Lionel Chocron, vice president and general manager of
Cisco’s Connected Energy Networks business unit.

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;
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