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Malaysia Utility Selects Itron Software for AMR Initiative

Itron Inc., in collaboration with local partner Impianas Sdn Bhd, has announced a contract with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Malaysia’s largest electricity utility, for deployment of Itron Enterprise Edition (IEE) meter data management (MDM) software. The installation of Itron MDM software is a key component of the utility’s Remote Meter Reading (RMR) technology initiative that includes 90,000 Low Voltage C&I meters to automate meter data collection, analysis and billing process.

IEE Meter Data Management software is an enterprise data management solution that collects energy consumption information and builds a central repository of data that can be accessed and applied to optimize the efficiency of the electric distribution system. The software enables the consolidation and management of data from dissimilar meter devices. IEE enables TNB to collect, analyze and manage data daily from its population of C&I meters in a single place. The installed system will enable TNB to introduce state-of-the-art technology in meter data management and customer service, while streamlining business processes and increase overall efficiency.

“We will be able to obtain a very detailed profile of the customer’s load, which our current metering system cannot do,” said Datuk Aishah Abdul Rauf, vice president for TNB. “In the long term this will translate into savings for us, and the data will help our customers be more energy efficient.”

Dr. Guo Feng Zhao, Itron Australasia sales director added, “This project is an important part of Itron’s continuing growth strategy in the Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia regions, where the company is focused on expanding its presence in advanced metering infrastructure, automated meter reading and meter data management technologies.”

Impianas Sdn Bhd is Itron’s business associate in Malaysia and will provide full project management.

“This initiative will provide TNB with an end-to-end solution for remote meter reading for our C&I customers,” said Fadil Helmi, general manager of Impianas Sdn Bhd. “It will equip TNB with a data collection and production center, a disaster recovery center, GSM as communication infrastructure and remote equipment at the meter sites of TNB Large Power Consumer (LPC) locations.”

Itron, TNB and Impianas executives had a ceremonial contract signing in Kuala Lumpur on June 14, 2007, to celebrate the launch of this initiative.

“Itron is very proud to partner with TNB in this major technology initiative,” said Paul Nelsen, managing director for Itron Australasia at the contract signing. “Automating the collection of C&I data allows TNB to better leverage valuable data in support of key business and service objectives."

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