Avista Utility Picks Tropos, Itron

Tropos Networks and Itron joint solution selected for Avista Utility’s $38M smart grid demonstration project in Pullman, Wash.

June 28, 2011

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. and LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Tropos Networks and Itron Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today that Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA) has selected their jointly developed Smart Grid solution as part of the $38 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project in the city of Pullman, Washington, and the nearby community of Albion. The goal of the project is to use smart technologies to automate part of the energy distribution system to increase system reliability and reduce outage time, incorporate renewable energy sources, and provide customers with more tools and information to monitor their energy usage.

To meet the project goals, Avista is deploying an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), smart grid communications, and distribution automation (DA) devices. Installation of Itron OpenWay® meters for Avista’s 13,000 electric and 5,000 gas customers that are included as part of the project was completed in May. The meters will provide detailed energy usage data, outage detection and voltage monitoring. Additionally, Itron’s meter data management solution will provide software analytics to optimize distribution system reliability and efficiency in the area.

For smart grid communications, Itron’s OpenWay® Integrated Cell Router and OpenWay 7320 wireless broadband router, both of which incorporate Tropos’ wireless broadband technology, will be used. The network will connect smart meters and distribution automation devices, providing a cost-effective, reliable, and high-performance communications foundation that will simplify deployment and operations. The Tropos-based GridCom™ wireless broadband network infrastructure has the performance, reliability and security to support these initial smart grid applications and others as they are added in the future. Management for the integrated wireless broadband networks is provided by Itron OpenWay Control, which is based on Tropos Control, and provides visibility, configuration management, performance monitoring, and network fault monitoring.

“Avista is looking forward to implementation of the OpenWay-Tropos smart grid communications solution, which aims to bridge the two network technologies and reduce the number of devices we have to manage and support.” said Jim Corder, Avista’s director of IT infrastructure. “We’re expecting the network will meet or exceed all of our performance requirements for the initial smart grid applications.”

Tropos Networks Inc.

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