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Utility Week 11th October 2013

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Community COMPANY To advertise here call Nicky Shaw on 01342 332070 or email nicky.shaw@fav-house.com LINK Lowri Beck Services Ltd Mayors Quay, Swan Meadow Road, Wigan, WN3 5BB Tel: 01942 496575 Lowri Beck is a leading independent service provider of Metering, Data Capture and Field Management Services, offering innovative solutions to the utilities industry and businesses nationwide. Supporting the electricity, gas and water markets for over 14 years and providing manual and automated meter reading, data collection and aggregation, meter asset provision, installations and maintenance services. Our dual-site call centre provides a wide range of professional outsourcing contact centre services, including overflow call handling and appointment management. Our mobile field management system, Companion, supports a range of operations with mobile handheld solutions ensuring improved data communications between office and field activities. Lowri Beck is committed to delivering excellent service at realistic prices. For further information contact: lbenquiries@lowribeck.co.uk Tata Consultancy Services 4th Floor, 33 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7HY Tel: 020 7245 1800 www.tcs.com A part of the Tata Group, one of India's largest industrial conglomerates, TATA Consultancy Services is an IT services, business solutions and outsourcing organisation with operations in 42 countries and over 160,000 of the world's best-trained IT consultants. TCS offers a consulting-led integrated portfolio of IT and IT-enabled services delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model. With more than 2,200 consultants serving over 80 clients globally our energy, resources and utilities industry solution unit partners with organisations to define and deploy business effectiveness improvement programs that help them stay ahead. From optimising asset utilisation and improving customer service to building intelligent infrastructure and complying with regulations, we help utilities organisations become agile, resilient, and proactive. Wheatley Associates Ltd Broad Road, Bacton, Suffolk, IP14 4HN Tel: 01449 781001 www.wheatley-associates.co.uk Wheatley Associates is the expert in the provision of IT software solutions for UK utility providers and metering companies focused on asset management, data management and mobile workforce scheduling. We offer MOP, MAP, Hosted and SaaS solutions. • methyst: An asset tracking and management solution that covers the A full economic life of both traditional and smart metering assets • mart roll-out optimiser, focusing on the critical areas of smart meter S installation planning, customer engagement and workforce utilisation • Assign, for browser-based, real-time mobile workforce scheduling • UMBO: MAM operations for electricity and gas while holding informaJ tion for all the metering systems managed by the host company. • AID: A software platform and revenue assurance methodology to enR able you to identify and fix revenue leakage in meter-to-cash processes. Subscriber of the week Ross Taylor, utilities lead, HP In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? Adrian Edmondson. I try to shake off the likeness, but people refer to it all the time. Ross leads HP's Energy and Utility business in the UK and Ireland What was your first job? Straight out of Bristol University as an IT officer at the local Southmead Hospital. What are the best and worst parts of your job? Easy, the best part is spending time with customers, working out how HP can help them. The worst part is spending so much time on the road, although having a home in the Midlands means I can see almost anyone and still sleep at home. What's your most treasured possession? One of my folding bikes, probably the original Brompton T5. Where did you last go on holiday? Germany. I worked there for several years, made many friends and found a wonderful country I'm still exploring. Reveal something about yourself not many people know. I'm passionate about the sustainable production of food. I help run a local group of the Soil Association and Garden Organic, and practice what I preach on my own allotment. What album is currently in your car CD player? The first album of The Specials from 1979. Music I enjoyed as a teenager, which spoke for the cities of the Midlands. What's your favourite film and TV programme? My TV treat is to stay up and watch Question Time. I don't have a favourite film, but love all the movies which bring Britain to the big screen, from Alec Guinness to Alan Partridge! What quote or saying do you most overuse? "Try looking at this from their point of view…" If you ruled the world, what would you do first? I'd prioritise giving everyone a ccess to clean water, energy and information. What's your favourite joke? How many IT people does it take to change a light bulb? I've heard all the answers. DON'T MISS Smart Homes & Cleanpower 2013 Conference Expo 5 November 2013 Venue: Cambridge niversity, U Buckingham House Conference Centre Organiser: CIR Strategy 01223 303500 Web: www.hvm-uk.com/smarthomes Registration: events@cir-strategy.com. 30 | 11th - 17th October 2013 | UTILITY WEEK Prices to attend: £100-£325 Sponsorship/Exhibition stands: A few places remain Themes: Connected intelligence & Homes IoT: Energy efficiency & the £1,500 bill; The right kind of regulation: competitive; The comfortable, convenient home; Automation via devices; Future Cities, smart cities; Entrepreneur programmes; Access to innovation funds for the smaller players; Smart Demand; heating; Storage & controls; Water & gas; Microgeneration. Who attends? CxOs, Heads of x, TD, marketing directors, StartUps/SMEs/MNCs Benefits: Business development, marketing. Conference co-located with HVM Graphene 2013 – pay for one event and you can roam. Sponsors: ARM, Hitachi Smart Cities, Anglian Water, AlertMe, Sentec. Selected Speakers: Enmodus, Umbrellium, ARM, Sensinode, Decc, Ofgem, TalkTalk Chairman: New head of UK Digital Policy Alliance, Dr John Riley

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