Itron announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Panasonic to develop a smart meter platform for the Japanese market. The companies will offer a smart metering system that will meet Japan’s electric utilities’ needs and requirements.Itron will design, develop, and deliver a smart meter with 3G cellular communications to Panasonic. The meter will support cellular, RF mesh, and Power Line Carrier connections to meet specific business needs and geographies in Japan.
Panasonic will expand its communications product line to the smart meter business, contributing to the realization of an ecological and smart-enabled society via home energy management systems.
Source: Itron Press Release, November 16, 2012.