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Metrix Awards Elster Contract for 300,000 Point Smart Metering System

July 31, 2008


Raleigh, North Carolina

Elster, the leader in smart metering and smart grid systems and solutions, has been awarded a contract from Metrix for a full-scale deployment of its EnergyAxis® System in Auckland, New Zealand. The system will feature 300,000 REX® smart meters built on a new meter platform conforming to IEC standards.

Luke Blincoe, general manager of Metrix, said, “Our relationship with Elster has been a collaborative success from the beginning. Elster’s engagement with us on understanding the specific challenges associated with implementing smart metering in New Zealand has resulted in a solution that we are confident provides us with a strong platform for leadership in delivering innovative solutions for utility customers in New Zealand.”

“Elster is delighted that Metrix has selected our proven smart metering system for its full scale deployment. We are confident that our technology will deliver enhanced value to Metrix’s operations which will lead to other business opportunities in the Australian and Asian markets,” said Sharon Allan, president of Elster Integrated Solutions.

Metrix will use the EnergyAxis System to collect interval usage data daily across its entire smart meter population allowing it to offer value-added services to retail electric providers and consumers. In the future, retail electricity providers may use the interval metering data to offer flexible rate plans and empower consumer-driven energy conservation.

Mike Kenyon, general manager of Elster Integrated Solutions Australia, said, “Our involvement with Metrix has resulted in the development of a number of key technologies necessary for deploying advanced metering infrastructures in the Oceania region. I am confident the outcome of this program will provide benefits to other customers in New Zealand and Australia.”