Itron is one of the world's leading providers of smart metering, data collection and utility software systems. Based in San Diego, Calif., it serves wholesale market operators, large commercial and industrial energy and water users, along with service companies. The company provides electricity, gas, water and heat meters as well as network communication technology. Itron also offers collection systems and related software applications as well as professional services. The company has more than 8,000 customers in 130 countries around the world. Some of its software partners include Alstom, Cisco, Microsoft and IBM, among others.