New joint venture for metering and billing solutions for India


Satheesh Kumar,
Enzen Global 
Bangalore, India — (METERING.COM) — January 5, 2007 –The Bangalore, India-based business solutions company Enzen Global Solutions and Netherlands-based billing and CIS software provider Closed Gap have entered into a joint venture to provide metering, billing and customer care solutions to Indian utilities.

The solution will be based on the ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) model, in which the software is built, hosted and maintained by the provider, and will use the Internet as the communications medium. Data collection will be handled by means of handheld devices. The solution will be integrated with a Geographical Information System (GIS) and partnerships are being established with GIS solution providers and handheld terminal manufacturers.

Satheesh Kumar, CEO of Enzen Global says that the solution will help distribution companies reduce losses, improve commercial collection and curb power theft. “Distribution companies will have a CIS system at their disposal, enabling the possibility of re-routing more capital investments to the Energy for All program. This is a significant contribution to the Indian energy distribution sector, which is faced with aggregated technical and commercial losses to the tune of 50 percent.”
The initiative began in October 2006 when Closed Gap accompanied Laurans-Jan Brinkhorst, Vice Prime Minister of The Netherlands, on an eight-day business tour to India. During this visit he met with the Ministry of Power, Central Electricity Commission, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, distribution companies and other organisations from the energy sector.

The Government of India’s Energy for All initiative plans to provide electricity to an additional 600 million users by 2012