City of Olympia turns to Itron advanced metering infrastructure to manage water resources

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Greentech Lead America: Itron, a provider of smart metering solutions, announced that the City of Olympia has selected Itron’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution to increase operational efficiency and more effectively manage its water resources.

The solution will also enable the City to improve customer service and encourage water conservation.

Itron will install more than 19,500 water communication modules with a fixed network for the majority of the utility’s service area and a mobile collection system for the remaining service area. In addition, the City will deploy Itron’s data collection software and network software solutions.

“Given the size of our community, the City is looking for a more efficient approach to meter collection. Itron’s solution gave us that. Also given the geography of our service area, the City of Olympia required a hybrid approach to meter data collection. Itron’s solution gave us the flexibility we required to deploy both fixed network and mobile data collection systems,” said Clark Halvorson, Water Resources Director.

The AMI solution will give the City access to more water usage data, which help in identifying problems, improving water conservation programs and educating customers about their water use. Staff will have access to meter information sooner, which will allow quicker customer service responses to water leaks.

“It is Itron’s goal to help utilities shape the future. With our flexible architecture, utilities like the City of Olympia can deploy whichever data collection system—or combination thereof—they require,” said Paula Billingham, vice president of sales, marketing and delivery for Water North America at Itron.