San Diego, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 23, 2008 - More and more focus on smart grids and home area networking over the past year are some of the trends that have emerged at Smart Energy International’s Metering, Billing/CIS America 2008 taking place over the last two days in San Diego, California.
In the closing panel discussion at the event, “Where to from here?” five leading industry figures highlighted the key developments and trends that they saw emerging in the industry.
David Hughes, senior infrastructure engineer, American Water: “New innovations in the industry, the importance of conservation, educating the customer and providing them with consumption information.”
Philip Bane, managing editor, Smart Grid News: “Metering America proves LA Times wrong in debate on technology obsolescence! The beginnings of IT education for utilities, and the cultural divide between the Silicon Valley IT companies and utilities.”
Michael Messenger, Itron: “The diversity of opinion on the level of bandwidth needed for AMI, ensuring realization of the benefits specified in AMI business plans, and the space for people who are able to keep up with the fast moving technology developments.”
Ed Finamore, president, ValuTech Solutions: “The realization of project management over a 20-year cycle, utilizing meter data to provide true value to the customer, and the importance of the utility-vendor relationship.”
Walter Levesque, Principal, Plexus Research: “A resurgence of information sharing between vendors and utilities, customer focus and the provision of more information to customers, and security issues in the smart grid.”
The 9th Metering, Billing/CIS America closed on a high note with more than 600 delegates registered for the event. A post-conference workshop on Meter Data Management will take place today.
The 10th Metering, Billing/CIS America is scheduled to take place in Miami, Florida from March 22-25, 2009.