This aligns with the larger goal of the partnership, which is to simplify utility smart grid deployment and management while laying the foundation for additional smart grid applications.

Both companies’ products will be designed for ease-of-integration with third-party vendors and customization. The joint products will leverage technologies from both companies including an OpenWay Cell Relay and Tropos’ mesh router and wireless management software.

The cell relay, acting as a router between OpenWay Centron smart meters and the OpenWay Collection Engine in the utility’s back office, transports usage data between the meter and the utility operations centers.

In addition, Tropos routers support multiple distribution area network applications and end points including distribution automation, substation security and mobile utility worker applications.

Philip Mezey, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Itron, North America, said: ”From its inception, Itron has viewed the smart grid as a ‘network-of-networks’. This vision is coming to fruition in the form of multiple partnerships that utilize networks beyond advanced metering.

”Innovative collaboration with Tropos Networks allows Itron to extend the functionality of its smart grid platform beyond the meter to the next wave of applications, as well as offering carrier-class network management.”

Tom Ayers, president and CEO of Tropos, said: ”The combination of Itron’s expertise and successful track record in the utility industry along with Tropos’ capabilities and experience in outdoor IP mesh networking, provides a strong value proposition for utilities making a strategic investment in their smart grid infrastructure.”