Industry-wide call for papers: Metering, Billing/CIS America 2009


Deadline for submission of abstracts: August 11, 2008

Smart Energy International magazine invites you to present your ideas and experiences at Metering, Billing/CIS America 2009.

The Metering, Billing/CIS America 2009 program has been developed to provide a forum that identifies, discusses and forecasts developments in the industry. Top-level speakers from all key industry stakeholders will present their views using case studies, in-depth presentations and on interactive panels.

The target audience includes:

  • AMR / Smart metering and metering project directors / managers / supervisors
  • AMI directors / managers / supervisors
  • Smart Grid directors / managers / project supervisors
  • Data and MDM directors / managers / supervisors
  • Revenue protection and assurance directors / managers / supervisors
  • CEOs, CIOs, CTOs
  • IT professionals within utilities (senior and mid-management)
  • Customer services people within utilities (senior and mid-management)
  • Commercial people within utilities
  • Vendors of billing, CRM/CIS products and solutions
  • Vendors of metering products and solutions.
  • Consultants
  • Meter service providers
  • Demand response directors / managers / supervisors
  • Financial directors / managers / supervisors
  • Regulatory affairs directors / managers / supervisors
  • Tariff / pricing professionals within utilities and regulators.
  • Academics with an interest in utilities IT and/or metering
  • Associations and the media
  • Energy service providers / Energy marketers
  • Venture capitalists.

We invite all those interested in:

  • presenting a paper
  • teaching a course
  • participating in a think-tank/panel discussion
  • becoming a participating association or media partner
  • sponsoring / exhibiting at the conference

to submit your proposals now.

Please see below for all information pertaining to the submission of abstracts/teaching courses, etc. Diarize the dates, allocate the budget and make certain that you are in Miami, FL, USA in March 2009!

Should you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact Ryan Matthews at phone: 888 559 8017 (US) or +27 21 700 3535 (international), or on

General information

Presenting a paper
Presenters are asked to submit an extended abstract (400 to 800 words) by August 11, 2008 via e-mail. The abstracts will then be reviewed by a Reviewing Committee and presenters will be informed regarding acceptance.

If your abstract is accepted, you will be asked to submit your full paper and your presentation slides according to a format that will be sent to you. Accepted abstracts, papers and presentations will be published in the proceedings.

Presentations can take two standard formats:
Regular presentation: Spaced 30 minutes apart on the schedule, with approximately 25 minutes spent on the presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Most presentations will be in this format.
Panel discussion: These last for one hour, with approximately 40 minutes spent on introducing the panelists and presentation of their views, and 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Panelists should be experts in the specialized field to be discussed, which should be relevant to conference attendees. If you would like to organize and lead a panel discussion, then please submit an abstract containing the agenda, and listing your panelists as co-authors.

Paper topics
The following is a list of suggested topics for your papers. This is just to get you thinking. You are welcome to come up with a topic that has not been listed.

  • Smart grid and smart metering in the 2008 Energy Bills
  • Business cases, AMR/AMI strategic planning, and implementation strategies
  • Challenges and promises in meter technology
  • Customer and data presentment tools
  • A customer perspective on smart meters
  • Residential demand side management
  • AMR for distribution system leak detection
  • Smart meter deployment case studies
  • Next generation smart metering systems
  • Smart grid system case studies
  • Residential real-time pricing
  • AMI and environmental sustainability
  • Remote connect/disconnect capabilities
  • AMI and demand response
  • AMR business drivers and deployment
  • Multi-utilities and water metering
  • Smart meters and smart grid communications options and issues
  • The future of home area networks
  • Flexibility and cost savings in customer service
  • AMR as a water conservation tool
  • Achieving efficiency in water utilities
  • Motivating demand response: how to sell to the end-user
  • Secure, intelligent, interoperable metering and customer communications
  • Advanced capabilities of fixed network AMR for conservation and leak detection
  • Harnessing the power of the intelligent grid to innovate/enhance efficiency and reliability of utilities
  • Leveraging smart meters for a smart grid.

Submission guidelines

  • When making a submission, please ensure that:
  • Abstracts are written in English
  • Abstracts do not exceed one letter-size page
  • Each abstract contains full contact and designation details of the speaker
  • The session for which the abstract is being submitted is indicated
  • The abstract has not been presented before
  • The abstract and presentation is of a non-commercial nature; sales pitches will not be accepted.

As the author you commit yourself to presenting the paper at the event should the abstract be selected by the Reviewing Committee. Speakers are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses.

Teaching a course
Instructors are asked to submit a course outline by August 11, 2008. The outlines will be reviewed by a Reviewing Committee and instructors informed about acceptance.

Accepted course outlines will be published as course descriptions in the program. They should therefore be directed at those who might register for the course, rather than the reviewers.

Courses are a half-day in length. If you feel your course requires a full day, it will be divided into parts I and II, each lasting half a day.
We are interested in proposals for both beginner courses and advanced courses, to meet the diverse needs of all conference attendees.

Here is a list of topics of potential interest for courses. Feel free to either volunteer for one of these or propose your own topic.

  • AMI security
  • Home Area Networks
  • AMI operations and scalability
  • Understanding the smart grid
  • Venture capital and investor management.

Sponsoring/exhibiting opportunities
Companies wishing to exhibit products or services of interest to the Metering, Billing/CIS America 2009 target audience are asked to submit information describing the company and its offerings, for publishing in the program guide. You will also need to register for the exhibition booth package.

A sponsorship of Metering, Billing/CIS America 2009 is an ideal way to position your company as a market leader at this premier event. By sponsoring you will showcase your brand optimally and generate great brand awareness.

Contact Neil Borthwick for additional information:

Phone (US): 888 559 8017; (International): +27 700 3500
Fax (US): 413 487 6276; (International): +27 700 3501

Participating association/media partner opportunities
A number of leading international and national media and associations will be supporting the event. For those wishing to be involved in the event please contact Roshenda Barendilla:

Phone (US): 888 559 8017; (International): +27 700 3500
Fax (US): 413 487 6276; (International): +27 700 3501