London, United Kingdom – June 13, 2006 – LODESTAR Corporation, a provider of strategic applications to utilities around the world, announced today that the company will participate in the largest energy conference in Ireland – the Energy Ireland 2006 Conference. The Irish market is preparing for the single market opening in July of 2007, which will impact all market participants in their daily and strategic operation. LODESTAR will be participating in Energy Ireland to demonstrate its unique technologies and solutions designed for retail, distribution, transmission, and generation companies, and to help those companies address the market challenges that lie ahead.
Elster Electricity, LLC, a leading provider of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions worldwide, was selected by The Wireless Innovation Network of British Columbia (WINBC) to receive the “Taking Care of Business – Public Sector” award in the third annual Wireless Innovation Contest (WIC’06). The award recognizes solutions that showcase new processes or models, improve productivity, and save money in the public service sector (utilities, health, government, fire, or police services). Elster will be recognized by WINBC at the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) Wireless 2006 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada as an innovator in wireless solutions for the successful deployment of Elster’s EnergyAxis System by the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AVEC).
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Actaris, global manufacturer of electricity, gas, water and heat metering and systems, has launched the Aquadis+ - a new volumetric water meter with a unique and innovative design. Resulting from three years of development and laboratory tests, leading to several registered patents, the Aquadis+ combines a robust and compact design with outstanding accuracy.
The steps leading to liberalisation of the Liberian electric power sector have been identified by a management study, and will include the supervision of external technical assistance. As a consequence the project has been put out to tender. The initiative will begin in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, and has not been greeted with unqualified enthusiasm. While the lack of a national grid hasmeant that most businesses have made arrangements to provide their own power supply, there are also fears that liberalisation will lead to privatisation, and ultimately to increased power bills.
When entering a low budget market such as the AMR market for residential ustomers, alternatives must be present to allow transition phases from on-AMR to smart meters. If OMR overcomes a set of stringent operating rules, it is a valid solution and it can serve as an alternative.The requirements are:
• Easy-to-install, nondestructive placement
• Lifespan around 10 years
• One model fits all philosophy
• Must produce reliable data
Xemex decided to take up the challenge in late 1998, and started with a low-power consuming CMOS platform. This technology provided a camera chip and some onboard intelligence for image decoding. A pre-production model was assembled and is still active in the Demo Corner on our website. This first model could be fitted on most gas and electricity meters and had an IR light source to ensure good decoding circumstances under all conditions.
Iskraemeco, a leading manufacturer of automatic metering devices, has selected Wavecom technology for use in several of its newest automatic electricity meter reading projects. Wavecom’s wireless solutions will be integrated into Iskraemeco’s most advanced electricity meters and other telemetry devices. These meters are targeted at deregulated energy markets and are intended for residential, commercial and industrial applications. The wireless capability provided by the Wavecom module Q2406B enables the meters to be read automatically via wireless network carriers – a preferred solution for many utility companies operating in newly deregulated markets.
Advanced Metering Data Systems, a US-based company providing AMR technology and wireless monitoring services to electricity, water and gas utilities, has secured 652 MAS(multiple address system) exclusive-use radio spectrum licences in the recent Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction. This means that the company now owns exclusive-use spectrum for the entire United States, except for four cities.