Itron has completed its previously announced acquisition of privately held SmartSynch for US$100 million. The acquisition strengthens Itron's cellular communications offering and brings greater choice to utility customers across the spectrum of smart metering deployments.

“I'm delighted to complete this acquisition of SmartSynch,” said LeRoy Nosbaum, Itron president and CEO. “Itron has a long legacy of building flexible solutions to meet unique customer needs. By expanding our offering to include integrated cellular communications, we are positioned to help customers deploy the best technology mix and accelerate the adoption of smart metering and smart grid technologies.”

SmartSynch, the leading provider of point-to-point smart grid solutions that utilize a cellular network for communications, has more than 130 customers, including nine of the top ten utilities in North America. Most recently, SmartSynch's technology was selected by Consumers Energy to meet the needs of a full cellular smart grid network deployment for 1.9 million electric residential, and commercial and industrial customers.

Stephen Johnston, former SmartSynch CEO, will continue in a leadership role, setting cellular technology strategy for integrated smart grid solutions at Itron.

“By joining forces, we are the only company that can offer cellular along with a variety of RF-based technologies for smart grid projects today,” said Johnston, head of Cellular Solutions for Itron. “This is good for our customers, our business and the industry.”

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