Wireless mesh AMR/AMI solution for Russia

[img:Eka.thumbnail.jpg| ]Murmashi, Russia --- (METERING.COM) --- September 27, 2007 – Kolenergosbyt, the utility serving the city of Murmashi in Russia, is deploying a residential wireless mesh automatic meter-reading system of 3,000 meters, working with Eka Systems Inc. and Data Transfer. This is the second such project for Eka, whose mesh AMI network has already been installed in St. Petersburg.

Nine utilities launch new UtiliSite Council

[img:UTC%20logo%202_0.jpg| ]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 27, 2007 – The UtiliSite Council, a subsidiary of the Utilities Telecom Council, is a new organization dedicated to sharing best practices and combined marketing efforts for utilities that provide these services to commercial wireless carriers. The Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) is a global trade association dedicated to creating a favorable business, regulatory, and technological environment for entities that own, manage, or provide critical telecommunications systems in support of their core services.

BC Hydro forges ahead with smart metering and infrastructure project

[img:erich%20gunther.thumbnail.jpg|Erich Gunther,
Chairman, Chief
Technology Officer
& Co-Founder, EnerNex
]Vancouver, BC, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- September 27, 2007 – EnerNex Corporation has been awarded a contract from BC Hydro to provide consulting services for the review and prioritization of business requirements for the utility’s smart metering and infrastructure (SMI) project. Work on the contract will begin immediately.

Digital cellular metering technology for utilities

[img:GE%20Energy.thumbnail.gif| ]Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 27, 2007 – GE Energy has announced the availability of its proven polyphase metering platform equipped with digital cellular technology to help utilities meet the ruling from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that wireless carriers will no longer be required to support the analog network (AMPS).

Expanding into the Peruvian market

[img:logo.thumbnail_1.jpg| ]Dallas, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 26, 2007 –NewMarket Latin America, Inc. intends to expand into the Peruvian market, making use of services from the company's subsidiary UniOne and with municipal broadband Wi-Fi services from the company's parent, NewMarket Technology, Inc. UniOne is a systems integration firm in Latin America representing technologies from leaders such as Microsoft, SSA Global, Oracle and Hyperion. UniOne is the biggest Hyperion partner in Latin America; Hyperion was recently acquired by Oracle.

OEB proposes guidelines for smart meter pilots

[img:OEB.thumbnail.jpg| ]Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- September 26, 2007 - Electricity distributors in Ontario wishing to deploy smart meter pilots may test only new technologies that are not already under test or that have been deployed in the province, new draft guidelines from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) propose.

According to the Board it is not considered economically prudent to have numerous distributors piloting the same technology or technology that has already been deployed within the province. Moreover the Board expects that a properly structured smart meter pilot should provide an opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of commissioning and operating smart meter systems, including business processes, installation procedures, logistics, deployment, integration issues, customer communications and customer impacts.

Non-volatile data storage/processing system launched

[img:VRS51L3072.thumbnail.jpg| ]Colorado Springs, CO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 25, 2007 – Ramtron International Corporation, a developer and supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has launched the VRS51L3072, an 8051-based microcontroller with 2KB of non-volatile F-RAM memory. Ramtron has added F-RAM to its Versa 8051s for a quick and reliable non-volatile data storage and processing system that is ideal for saving system status, data logging, and storing non-volatile variables in a range of applications from sensors and meters to industrial controls, instrumentation and medical devices.

Portland General Electric selects AMI solution

[img:Logo_Sensus.thumbnail.jpg| ]Portland, OR, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 25, 2007 – Portland General Electric Company (PGE), a fully integrated electric utility, has entered into a definitive agreement with Sensus Metering Systems for the purchase of Sensus' FlexNet advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution. PGE's current plans call for deployment of the system to approximately 850,000 residential and commercial electric customers between 2008 and 2010, subject to approval by the Oregon Public Utility Commission and PGE’s board of directors.

Software-as-a-service enables new ways of doing business

[img:gary1.thumbnail.jpg|Gary Ramsay,
COO, LeCayla
Technologies
]Santa Clara, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 25, 2007 – SaaS delivery experts OpSource have announced that LeCayla Technologies’ metering and billing solution has become the first independent application accessible via the OpSource Services Bus. As a result, OpSource’s customers can now incorporate LeCayla’s array of on-demand metering and information services into their own web and software-as-a-service SaaS applications.

Helping businesses manage energy use

[img:FirstEnergy.thumbnail.jpg| ]Akron, OH, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 25, 2007 – FirstEnergy Corp., a diversified energy company whose subsidiaries and affiliates are involved in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, as well as energy management and other energy-related services, has introduced MeterProfile, a web-based service that can help businesses analyse their energy usage to build an informed energy strategy. The MeterProfile service uses advanced interval electric meters that collect data on a facility's energy consumption patterns and energy peaks. Subscribers can access the data on an easy-to-navigate secure web site, where the information is displayed in useful graphs and tables that show consumption trends and power factors.

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