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UTILITY Week 10th October 2014

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30 | 10th - 16th OctOber 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 Dominic Thasarathar, industry program manager, Autodesk "Trying to predict how technology might change the way infrastructure is designed, delivered and managed keeps me riveted" What was your first job? Working in the computing department of a merchant bank in the City of London. What are the best and worst parts of your job? The best part is meeting industry executives from around the world; the challenges and opportunities the construction and energy industries face are seemingly generic globally, but the nuances and subtleties of different markets brings them to life. The worst part is spending time in airports. What's your dream job and why? Professionally I'm very lucky. My job is fantastically interesting. Trying to predict the future and how technology might change the way infrastructure is designed, delivered and managed keeps me riveted. Otherwise, perhaps fishing in Australia. What's your most treasured possession? Time (or lack thereof!). In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? Probably somebody obscure, on a straight-to-DVD release… What album is currently in your car CD player? I'm currently feeling nostalgic for early synth' music, so it's Glimmer: Best of John Foxx. What's your favourite film and TV programme? Film: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; TV: Only Fools and Horses. What quote or saying do you most overuse? "Yes." If you ruled the world, what would you do first? Abdicate. What's your favourite joke? "Can you get this done by the end of the day?" (gets me every time).

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