Metering, Billing/CRM India 2008: Call for papers


The deadline for the submission of abstracts for Metering, Billing/CRM India taking place in Mumbai, India from October 14-16, 2008 is just one month away.

The deadline for submission is July 1, 2008.

Metering, Billing/CRM India 2008 will consist of a three-day conference and exhibition, showcasing local and international technologies. The event will attract approximately 400 delegates from Indian utilities and corporates, and includes international case studies, master classes, workshops and a site visit. For the first time, the event will also present ‘Smart Grids India’, focusing on modernizing aging infrastructure as well as the latest technologies available.
Metering, Billing/CRM India will give participants an overview of technologies available and engage utility leaders to discuss how these can be implemented to achieve the targets set during the 2nd stage of the Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP-II). Under APDRP-II, performing power utilities would be reimbursed 50 percent of the project cost as a grant for reducing aggregated technical and commercial (ATC) losses to 15 percent within five years. Non-performers would not be reimbursed and would have to rely on borrowings for the entire requirements of a project.

Issues to be covered in the main conference include:

  • Ministry of Power update on APDRP-II: How are utilities improving their performance?
  • An overview of AMR/IT technologies and successful implementations
  • Prepayment meter technologies
  • Communication technologies, including PICC, PLC and BPL
  • Outsourcing of metering services such as AMR
  • Smart metering and AMI
  • Open protocol issues: Looking at international benchmarks.

Issues to be covered in the co-located Smart Grid workshop include:

  • Increasing demand and blackouts: How can the smart grid modernize aging infrastructure?
  • Understanding how the smart grid supports revenue protection
  • Comparing communication technologies that make the grid smarter
  • Enabling distributed generation and integrating renewable energy sources
  • Using the smart grid to detect power outages, control theft and manage peak demand.

The Metering, Billing/CRM India conference program is developed to provide a forum that identifies, discusses and forecasts developments in the industry. Top-level speakers from all key industry segments will present their views using case studies, in-depth sessions and interactive panels. The Metering, Billing/CRM India management team is constantly searching for speakers to share new and innovative experiences and visions, and if you would like to take part contact Julia Barton-Hill: or go to

Abstract criteria:

  • Abstracts should be written in English
  • Abstracts should not exceed one A4 size page
  • Each abstract should contain full contact details of the speaker
  • Please indicate for which session the abstract is being submitted
  • The abstract should not have been presented before
  • Sales pitches will not be accepted
  • Submitting an abstract means that the author commits him/herself to presenting the paper at the event should the abstract be selected by the Conference Committee. Speakers are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses
  • Per presentation one free conference registration will be offered.

By submitting an abstract the author commits him/herself to submitting the final paper for the conference proceedings in time and to present the paper at Metering, Billing/CRM India 2008.