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Utility Week 19th September

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30 | 19th - 25th September 2014 | UtILItY WeeK Community COMPANY LINK DON'T MISS To advertise here call Hayley Cronin on 01342 332077 or email hayley.cronin@fav-house.com Lowri Beck Services Ltd Mayors Quay, Swan Meadow Road, Wigan, WN3 5BB Tel: 01942 771700 Lowri beck is a leading independent service provider of metering Systems, Data Capture, Data management and Field management services, offering innovative solutions to utilities and busi- ness throughout Great britain. We support the electricity, gas and water markets with manual and Automated meter reading, Data Collection and Aggregation, meter Asset provision, Installation and maintenance services as well as providing a full suite of dual fuel Smart metering ser- vices. Our dual-site Contact Centre provides a wide range of professional outsourcing contact centre services, including overflow call handling and appointment management. Our mobile field management system, Com- panion, supports a range of operations with mobile handheld solutions ensuring improved data communications between office and field activi- ties. Lowri beck was established in 1996 and is experienced in offering tailored services and committed to delivering excellent service at realistic prices. For further information contact lbenquiries@lowribeck.co.uk Wheatley Broad Road, Bacton, Suffolk IP14 4HN Tel: 01449 781001 Website: www.wheatleysolutions.co.uk Wheatley is a UK software development company. We specialise in providing utility industry solutions for asset, data and workforce management. If you are looking to improve your customer service or increase your efficiency in data management or mobile service delivery we would be delighted to talk to you. With our vast experience of the UK metering business Wheatley provide mentorship to companies wishing to enter the meter operation and me- ter asset management markets. We are also heavily engaged in the UK's Smart meter programme with software ready to support Smart meter installations. the key solutions supplied are: • JUMBO – performs MAM operations for electricity and gas whilst hold- ing information for all the metering systems managed by the host com- pany. A key feature is the automated processing of DTC and RGMA flows. • Amethyst – As we move towards large scale Smart Meter deployments Amethyst is the ideal tool for the management of assets including hAN, WAN and IhDs alongside meters and is an essential tool to manage inventory and minimise cash tied up in stock. • Assign – a browser-based workforce scheduling solution enabling busi- nesses to increase the productivity of their mobile field operatives. • Smart Roll-out Optimiser – focuses on the critical areas of Smart Meter installation planning, customer engagement and workforce utilisation. LCNI Conference 2014 20-22 October, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre hosted by Scottish and Southern energy power Distribution and sponsored by KeLVAteK, the Low Carbon Networks & Innovation Conference will showcase the innovative projects taking place across the UK's gas and electricity networks. this is a must attend event that brings together gas and electricity network experts and learning of low-carbon technologies which together will shape the future of utilities. registration is open until 3 October 2014. Book your place at www.lcniconference.org The Commercial UAV Show 21-22 October, Olympia, London the Commercial UAV Show is the largest global gathering of the commercial and civil UAV universe. With 1,500 attendees, 50 exhibitors and over 80 speakers, the Commercial UAV Show 2014 will provide its audiences with insights into this emerging market and enable them to hear first-hand from industry and end user organisations who are leading the way. As a visitor to the show, you will benefit from on-floor seminars, end user zone and charity zone. More information: http://www.terrapinn.com Reader of the week Cheryl Phillips, skills gap director, Design and Technology Association "It's great seeing the excitement of teachers and pupils as they learn new skills with employers" What was your first job? Working the till in a stationery shop. What are the best and worst parts of your job? The best part is seeing the excitement of teachers and pupils as they learn new skills with employers – and seeing businesses develop an understanding of what design and technology is really all about and why it is so important to their businesses. The downside is the level of competition and politics in the skills sector, which can get in the way of delivering value. What's your dream job and why? To be running the Skills Gap Programme five years from now with strong angel investment and widespread buy-in from business and education, and to see the concept making a real difference to curriculum design – not just for design and technology but across subjects. What's your most treasured possession? I value people and relationships much more than things. In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? Jodie Foster. What album is currently in your car CD player? The Bones of What You Believe by Churches – a Scottish electro- pop band. What's your favourite film and TV programme? Film: V for Vendetta. TV: Breaking Bad. What quote or saying do you most overuse? "We are where we are." If you ruled the world, what would you do first? Try to create a common will to address the big challenges we all face rather than having individual nations acting in self-interest. What's your favourite joke? What goes Ha ha – bonk? A man laughing his head off.

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