Lafayette, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 3, 2008 – Utility Integration Solutions, Inc. (UISOL), the utility industry business integration specialist, has recently executed a contract extension agreement with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) MultiSpeak® collaboration as its independent compliance testing agent.
Since 1999, the MultiSpeak integration specification has helped vendors and utilities develop interfaces so that software products from different vendors can interoperate without requiring the development of extensive custom programming. As a result, MultiSpeak has lowered the cost and risk of application integration for utilities. Since 2005, UISOL has completed certification testing for over 20 vendors and systems in its role as MultiSpeak independent certification agent.
UISOL Vice President Terry Nielsen said: “We’re delighted to extend our contract relationship with MultiSpeak. UISOL drives open integration standards as a foundation of our smart integration approach that lowers the cost and increases the flexibility of the services and solutions we deliver to our utility industry customers.”
Using a fully automated test harness, UISOL performs testing requested by system vendors and issues compliance certificates for conforming software. In recent years, the list of certified MultiSpeak interoperable systems has grown to include a wide range of advanced metering, outage management, SCADA and customer information systems.
Bob Saint, NRECA’s MultiSpeak program manager, said: “The utility members of our collaborative gain significant added value from projects that incorporate certified interoperable vendor products. Our continuing partnership with UISOL enables a cost effective approach to our ongoing independent certification testing program.”