New company to provide metering, billing solutions in Colombia


Cesar Augusto Piñeros
with former
minister of mines
& energy Luis Ernesto
Mejía Castro
Bogotá, Colombia —(METERING.COM) — March 7, 2007 – A new company, Falcon International, was officially launched last week in Bogotá, Colombia, to provide metering and vending solutions across that country.

Bringing together proven off-the-shelf technologies from leading service providers globally, Falcon’s aim is to provide an integrated solution that is tailored for the Colombian and Latin American markets.

The company has had a long gestation of almost four years as it has taken time to source and evaluate appropriate technologies, explains engineer and technologist Carlos Martinez, one of the founding directors.

The initial focus is on setting up the vending infrastructure, with the aim being to utilise the large number of small businesses that line the streets of Bogotá and the country’s other cities to set up in excess of 200,000 vending outlets across Colombia that will sell products including prepaid cellular time and later prepaid electricity and other commodities. In partnership with Net1 of South Africa, which through its EasyPay subsidiary owns the EasyPay switching and payment system, a ‘virtual top up’ (VTU) solution that allows prepaid purchases or payments via a mobile handset is currently being implemented, while discussions are underway with a major meter manufacturer to provide pre- and post-pay meter systems.

Other directors of Falcon International include AMR expert Howard Scott, managing partner of Cognyst Consulting and author of The Scott Report series, and energy consultant Charles Morris, formerly based in New Zealand. The Utilities Division of Falcon International is headed by Colombian Cesar Augusto Piñeros.

“Our aim is to improve the quality of life of Colombians,” said Scott, speaking at the launch.

By Jonathan Spencer Jones
Editor Smart Energy International