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National Grid Selects Itron, Cisco Gear for Meters

National Grid Plc, the operator of electricity distribution networks in four northeastern U.S. states, will use equipment from Itron Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. in an expanded power-meter program in Massachusetts.

The full pilot program for the city of Worcester will have 10,000 smart meters, twice the amount used in a field trial last year, Liberty Lake, Washington-based Itron said in a statement today. Cisco will provide communications and networking systems and Itron will supply software to manage and report the data. Bridge Energy Group Inc. will serve as project leader.

So-called smart meters give utilities data on power failures and can provide customers with information about their usage online or using mobile phone applications. National Grid, which serves power customers in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, was able to use some of the network’s information for system reliability after Hurricane Sandy, according to the statement.

“Utilities are transforming the way they do business in order to become more customer-centric, energy efficient and operationally effective,” David Olsson, chief executive officer of Bridge Energy, said today in a separate statement.

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