Con Edison and Itron Continue to Innovate Natural Gas Delivery in New York

Itron Inc. and Con Edison have teamed up to use Itron’s 550G Gas Encoder Receiver Transmitter for New York State’s gas utility customers.

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The New York State Public Service Commission approved the device which was configured to meet New York regulations. The 550G gas ERT module has both Advanced Meter Reading (AMR) and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) capabilities. 

“The 550G ERT module is the next step in helping our customers leverage their technology investments and reduce stranded costs by providing a seamless migration from mobile meter reading to advanced metering infrastructure,” said John Marcolini, senior vice president of Networked Solutions at Itron. “Building on our collaborations with Con Edison to deploy our IoT network and develop a ground-breaking methane sensor, we look forward to similar success with the 550G ERT module.” 

The approval from the NYS PSC allows Con Edison to deploy 550G ERT modules on its existing IoT network from Itron as a part of its ongoing efforts to improve delivery of natural gas to its customers. The 550G ERT is equipped with cutting-edge features such as high-flow safety alarm, on-demand reads, firmware downloads from the back office and extended data storage. 

“This will help our customers by providing on-demand readings: If our customer is moving out of their apartment tomorrow, we can get a reading for them,” said Jude Del Percio of Con Edison’s AMI team. “If they believe their bill is high, we can check the reading for them right away, “ he added. “These gas modules have been rigorously tested in accordance with National Standards and NYS PSC requirements and feature the unique capability to operate with handheld and mobile AMR systems, equipping us to transition to our IoT network in certain service-territory areas without need for a field visit. We constantly explore ways to innovate and take advantage of cutting-edge technology and adopt the next generation of Itron’s technology.” 

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