Metering, Billing/CRM Latin America: Call for papers


The sixth annual Metering, Billing/CRM Latin America conference and exhibition will be taking place from August 11-13, 2008 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and research and production has now started for the event.

Brazil’s energy sector remains a key market both within the region and globally, and its rapid growth over the past few years is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Metering, billing and the customer relationship will be crucial in managing this growth to ensure utility and market sustainability.

Metering, Billing/CRM Latin America will capture the stories behind the increasing complexities involved in the customer-end technology sector. The 2008 event will review the challenges of “modernity” in utilities, such as how should utilities modernize and should this process be accelerated; integration within utilities and what it brings for their activities, for example in areas such as cost and loss reductions and how customers can be included; and metering for the efficient use of energy, which is now becoming an issue of concern.

If you would like to participate as a speaker to share your experiences of a recent or on-going project or initiative, please SEND YOUR ABSTRACT NOW!

The provisional list of conference topic streams includes:

  • Regulation
  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Tariffs
  • Standards
  • Meter test and calibration
  • Metering technologies
  • AMR
  • Advanced metering
  • Smart grids
  • Revenue protection
  • Billing
  • Data mining
  • Customer relationship management.

If there are any additional topics that would add value as workshops or seminars or any other suggestions regarding the program development or the speaker line-up, comments are welcome.

The submission deadline is April 11, 2008.
Submission guidelines
When making a submission, please ensure that:

  • Abstracts are written in Portuguese or in English
  • Abstracts do not exceed one letter-size page
  • Each abstract contains full contact 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.

The abstracts will then be reviewed by a Reviewing Committee and presenters will be informed regarding acceptance on or before May 11, 2008.

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 on the web proceedings.

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.

For more information on the program please contact Emmanuelle Nicholls:

Sponsoring and exhibiting opportunities
Companies wishing to exhibit products or services of interest to the Metering, Billing/CRM Latin America 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 package.

Please contact Lello Sekesseke for additional information:

Participating association/media partner opportunities
A number of leading international and national media and associations will be supporting the event. Should you wish to be involved in the event please contact Alessandra Licati:

Phone: +55 48 3334 2089 (Brazil) / 888 559 8017 (USA) / +27 21 700 3500 (international)
Fax: 413 487 6279 (USA) / +27 21 700 3501 (international)