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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected Itron’s Automated Meter Reading (AMR) solution for a project in Pakistan, which will provide services for the USAID’s Power Distribution Program. The AMR solution will help Pakistan power distribution companies improve energy efficiency, manage supply and demand, and reduce losses on the network.

The five-year, USAID-financed project is designed to facilitate improvements in electric power distribution utilities (DISCOs) across Pakistan. According to Itron, “The project works with government-owned power distribution companies and Pakistan’s Ministry of Water and Power to improve governance and management systems, increase efficiency of revenue collection, reform the regulatory framework and improve customer service.”

Itron, in collaboration with local manufacturer MicroTech Industries, will supply GPRS commercial and industrial meters, RF residential meters, IT infrastructure, and data collection software.

Dick Dumford, senior advisor and technical team leader for the Power Distribution Program, notes, “We look forward to working with Itron as part of this important project which will assist DISCO to increase revenue, reduce theft, increase accuracy and provide improved service to their customers. Itron’s AMR solution will help DISCO achieve their goal of expanding the supply of electricity and advancing the operational and financial health of the entire power sector in Pakistan.”

Aqeel Jafar Khan, Itron Energy’s regional marketing director of Middle East, adds: “Itron is proud to work with International Resources Group to help upgrade the electricity metering system in Pakistan. Itron’s metering expertise and depth of industry knowledge will help power distribution companies in Pakistan manage supply and conserve resources in a region where both are critical.”

Itron provides solutions that help utilities measure, manage, and analyze energy and water with its portfolio that includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement and control technology; communications systems; software; and professional services. For more information, visit

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