Smart Meters

News and insights into the latest developments in smart meters technology, utility deployment plans and the use of advanced metering infrastructure to improve customer service and demand response strategies. The focus will also include trends in wireless or fixed communications such as power line carrier (PLC) or wireless ad hoc networks over Wi-Fi, wireless mesh networks, low power long-range wireless (LORA), ZigBee (low power, low data rate wireless), and Wi-SUN (Smart Utility Networks).

BPL an attractive emerging market

Keith SchaeferPittsburgh, PA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 10, 2006 – Tollgrade Communications, a provider of network service assurance products and services for centralized test systems around the world, has joined in the Series C investment round for BPL Global, a provider of smart grid technologies and broadband services over power lines.

Trade Lead: Canada, North America – Electricity Meters

Company: The City of Red Deer
Country: Canada
Product/Service: Supply of Electricity Meters
Type: Tender
Closing Date: 23 November 2006
Reference: TRAD010


Trade Lead: Lithuania, Europe – Electricity Meters

Company: AB "Rytu Skirstomieji Tinklai"
Country: Lithuania
Product/Service: Supply of Electricity Meters
Type: Tender
Closing Date: 18 December 2006
Reference: TRAD009


Honduras’ Empresa Nacional de Energí­a Eléctrica addresses non-technical losses

Ronald B. Via

Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 8, 2006 – Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE) in Honduras will install Elster Electricity's EnergyAxis System, beginning deployment in December 2006. ENEE expects to complete the installation of 35,000 smart meters for residential, commercial and industrial applications in approximately six months. The company is owned by the Honduras government, and its power generation accounts for about 30 percent of the total consumption on the National Electric System; it is the only transmission, distribution and commercialization company in the country.

Vicki Trees has joined UtiliPoint® International as Director, Market Research

Vicki Trees

Vicki Trees has joined UtiliPoint® International as Director, Market Research, adding both new capabilities and expertise to the Advanced Metering/Meter Data Management (AMI-MDM) and Customer Information System (CIS) practices offered by UtiliPoint.

Web-enabled workflow management

Telepartner Systems has launched a real-time service management system available via the Web. Workflow Manager enables businesses to monitor and manage field service operations. It can be accessed from anywhere through a Web browser, making it ideal for multi-site use.

Workflow Manager works with Telepartner’s Mercury Server, which looks after the interchange of data between field service operations and central systems such as CRM, ERP or asset management applications. The system gives a live picture of field activity and allows a high level of interaction with field staff. It works through Mercury’s XML interface to interact with other systems and external web services, making the addition of options like mapping and location services simple.

AMR and value-added services at Tokyo

The CGA’s work on a Natural Gas Trade Sector Review initiated by Measurement Canada was one of the big success stories of 2003. The objective was to review regulatory policy and improve the market competitiveness of Canadian industry in the global marketplace and promote technical innovation. It involved in-depth consultation with consumers, industry and manu- facturers that was conducted across the country in 2003. The CGA strategy for the Trade Sector Review focused on three key points: a consensus-based approach to regulations; performance- rather than prescriptive-based standards; and varying levels of intervention that must be justified.

Significant progress was made in 2003 with all of the tabled recommendations. The initial step was to establish a Project Steering Committee to provide strategic direction and administer the implementation process for the ten recommendations,” said Mel Ydreos, Chair of the CGA Standing Committee on Operations. “A number of joint working groups were established to deal with specific recommendations.”

List of recommendations from natural gas Trade Sector Review:

CenterPoint Energy selects Itron advanced metering technology to support intelligent grid

Malcolm UnsworthHouston, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 3, 2006 – CenterPoint Energy, energy provider to more than three million electric and natural gas customers in the Houston area, will deploy OpenWay™, an advanced metering and communication technology by Itron, to support CenterPoint Energy’s intelligent grid technology. This technology was deployed on a limited basis earlier this year.

End-to-end AMR solution for water utilities

Sensus London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 3, 2006 – Europe’s first true single source radio automatic meter reading system has been launched by Sensus Metering Systems, a provider of advanced metering solutions. Sensus((S))cout is unique in delivering an ‘end-to-end’ solution for utilities and water companies, because every element of this new AMR system – meters, transponders and data transmitters, collectors and interrogation software – is designed and supported by Sensus. In effect, Sensus((S))cout offers an unbroken and seamless data chain from the meter point via the IT system through to the billing process.

Alabama Power completes evaluation of two-way RF mesh system

Alablama PowerAlabama, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 3, 2006 – U.S. utility Alabama Power Company has announced the successful completion of an evaluation process of StatSignal, Hunt Technologies’ two-way RF mesh system. Alabama Power is a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company; Hunt Technologies is a global supplier of advanced metering infrastructure solutions.

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