Eléctrica de Guayaquil completes smart meter implementation in Latin America

Liberty Lake, Wash., December 20, 2011 — Itron, Inc. announced that Eléctrica de Guayaquil, a state-owned electric utility in Guayaquil, Ecuador, completed the installation of Latin America's first meter-to-cash smart metering system, which uses Itron's technology.

The communication system is actively collecting meter data and feeding Itron's meter data management (MDM) system installed by the utility through a two-way wireless communications network.

With Itron's smart grid solution installed, Eléctrica de Guayaquil can reduce and control both technical and non-technical energy losses using more precise tamper proof meters with accurate measurement and sensing capabilities for Guayaquil's many commercial and industrial customers. The solution also improves operational processes and efficiency.

The solution also enables Eléctrica de Guayaquil to take advantage of future capabilities and applications, including theft analytics. The system, which leverages the same proven technology platform being implemented at scale in smart grid deployments in North America, can be expanded in the future to realize the full potential of the smart grid.

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