Southern California Edison (SCE) will deploy Itron’s OpenWay meter and communications system as part of SCE’s Edison SmartConnect metering program.

OpenWay is a standards-based, open-architecture smart metering solution that features two-way wireless communication to state-of-the-art electricity meters at homes and small businesses. OpenWay is designed to meet a broad set of customer energy management requirements, such as real-time energy communication to thermostats, information displays and energy smart appliances using ZigBee™ technology.

The Edison SmartConnect program is a key component of SCE’s leadership in managing increasing demand for electricity from customers and providing environmental leadership through energy efficiency, demand management, electric transportation and smart technologies. Edison plans to automate 5.3 million meters from 2009 through 2012.