Oracle wins two major utility contracts

[img:larryellisonsm.thumbnail.jpg|Larry Ellison,
]Redwood Shores, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 24, 2008 – Technology provider Oracle has recently won two major utility contracts – one in Australia and the other in the U.S.

EnergyAustralia has implemented Oracle® Utilities Network Management System as its outage management solution. The new system allows EnergyAustralia to quickly identify, report on and resolve power outages, while providing accurate restoration status updates to customers.

Northpower goes live with network billing and asset management system

[img:Northpower_0.jpg| ]Whangarei, New Zealand --- (METRING.COM) --- January 23, 2008 – New Zealand utility Northpower has gone live with a new network billing and asset management system which will improve billing accuracy and the management of its metering asset data. The system – Gentrack Velocity – has allowed the utility to automate many of its network billing and energy retailer reconciliation processes, while the management of metering asset data has been consolidated onto Gentrack.

Northpower improves billing accuracy

[img:NZ%20map.thumbnail.jpg| ]Whangarei, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- January 11, 2008 – New Zealand utility Northpower has celebrated its go-live on a new network billing and asset management system from Talgentra, known as Gentrack Velocity. Talgentra is a Bayard Group owned enterprise software company specializing in billing, meter data and customer management solutions for the utility industry.

Victoria AMI technology trials reviewed

[img:vicgov_logo_0.gif| ]Melbourne, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- December 18, 2007 - Trials of AMI technologies in Victoria, Australia have confirmed that there are technologies available that are suitable, from the perspective of communications performance, for a state-wide rollout, but further developments of these technologies are required before deployment across the range of Victorian environments can occur.

Bayard Group continues on the acquisition trail

[img:cameron%20o%20reilly.thumbnail.jpg|Cameron O'Reilly,
Founder & MD,
Bayard Group
]Sydney, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- December 7, 2007 – The Bayard Group, which has built a global energy measurement business that is now a market leader in electricity meters and has a strong position in the rapidly growing smart metering systems market, has taken a minority stake in WACS, a provider of MDM software solutions, and has acquired Talgentra, a provider of billing and revenue management solutions to utility and airport companies in New Zealand and Australia.

Arc Innovations expands into international markets

[img:G_Holden.thumbnail.jpg|Gary Holden,
President & CEO,
]Wellington, New Zealand, and Calgary, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- November 14, 2007 – New Zealand smart metering company Arc Innovations has entered into a heads of agreement with Calgary-based energy utility ENMAX to begin exclusive discussions towards an agreement to deploy Arc’s smart metering technology to ENMAX’s Calgary customer base, totaling over 400,000 customers.

Free smart meters for EnergyAustralia’s 1.5 million customers

More than 1.5 million homes and businesses in New South Wales can now get new electronic smart meters installed for free under an annual $20 million programme that gives them more control over their electricity bills. The move comes after an investigation by EnergyAustralia of 10,300 household electricity accounts already using the smart meters and time-based pricing revealed that households were saving an average $45 a year on their electricity costs compared to EnergyAustralia’s standard domestic rate.

An important year for energy markets

The approach of the end of a year is always a time for reflection and 2007 has proven to be an interesting and important year for the metering industry.

The first major trend of note was the remarkable surge in interest in smart metering – and not just in the US but across the globe from Europe to Australasia. As analyst Karen Blackmore writes in these pages, as a result of initiatives that have surfaced during the past year in countries that one might not have put on the “top ten” list, “smart metering (is) truly a worldwide event.” (page ..) And in this magazine and at the events that Smart Energy International has hosted, the “buzz” and “energy” has been palpable, with more and more people wanting to keep abreast with developments and network with industry peers.

Possible stock exchange listing for smart meter manufacturer

[img:pulse1.thumbnail.jpg| ]Auckland, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- November 9, 2007 – Pulse Utilities NZ, a manufacturer of advanced metering solutions, hopes to list of the New Zealand stock exchange’s alternative market (NZAX) in the near future.

The company’s in-house designed and developed Pulse IMS uses advanced communication technologies to offer flexible and innovative automated meter reading solutions. Its end to end solutions incorporate meter and relay products, transaction engines, database, web interface and sophisticated communications, including power line carrier communications, GPRS, RF, broadband, SMS and dial-up.

Smart energy grid monitoring solution

[img:Tele_0.jpg| ]Melbourne, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- September 27, 2007 – A new communications and sensor platform that reduces the financial burden on energy companies when adapting smart energy grid monitoring technologies will be rolled out in 2008. It is called the G-Spot Super Node, and has been developed by Telepathx Ltd., a developer of reactive sensor network technology.

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