cayman-islands-AMI software ApexCoVantage

Energy company for the Cayman Islands Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) has chosen Apex CoVantage to deploy software and services for an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system.

Mobile workforce management company Apex CoVantage will supply CUC with its ProField enterprise resource planning software and training, project management, and back-office quality assurance processes, including socket photo analysis and meter read accuracy analysis.

The technology also incorporates real-time communications to increase project efficiency and keep customers engaged throughout the deployment process.

Sacha Tibbetts, manager of engineering and customer services at CUC, said the energy company wants to “bring smart grid benefits to our customers in the safest and most efficient way possible”.

Commenting on the deal, Shashi Gupta, CEO at Apex, said: “Apex is constantly finding new ways to help utilities optimize the value while avoiding the risks of smart meter deployments.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to support a successful system deployment and help CUC uphold its customer commitments.”

Global expansion plan

The deal comes as the US-based smart grid company wants to expand into new regions, with a specific focus on Europe and Africa.

In April 2014, Metering.com reported that Apex CoVantage had announced a new managing director for Europe and Africa as part of a big push into these regions ahead of mandated government roll outs of smart meters.

Apex, which provides meter replacement and network equipment installation, has tasked Anthony Howells, former vice president of business development in the US, to build sales channels and partnerships, and ensure safety and quality standards are met in the two emerging markets, the company confirmed.

Chief executive of Apex CoVantage Shashi Gupta said: “Howells has spent the majority of his tenure with Apex becoming an industry-recognized expert in smart metering, AMI, MDM, and other smart grid technologies.”