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UTILITY Week 17th October 2014

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30 | 17th - 23rd 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 David Gascoigne, head of power utilities UK, KPMG "The best bit of my job is working in the fast changing world that is the energy sector and the intellectual challenges that presents" What was your first job? I was a paperboy aged 11. What are the best and worst parts of your job? The best bit of my job is working in the fast changing world that is the energy sector, and the intellectual challenges that presents. The bit I struggle with most is keeping on top of digital channels such as LinkedIn and Twitter. What's your dream job and why? An Evangelist – the Christian gospel is amazingly good news. What's your most treasured possession? My wedding ring. In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? Steve Martin. What album is currently in your car CD player? Van Morrison. What's your favourite film and TV programme? Film: Day of the Jackal. TV: Homeland. What quote do you most overuse? None – I write all my own material! If you ruled the world, what would you do first? Clean water for all. What's your favourite joke? I was on the train last night and an elderly couple sat down opposite me. They said they'd had a nice meal out the night before and I said, "It's always handy to know the name of a good restaurant in London. Where did you go?" The elderly gentleman said to me, "I've got a shocking memory; give me the name of a flower." I said "Rose" and he said "no" and I said "Daffodil". He laughed and said, "No, not Daffodil." I said "Lily" and he said, "Yes, that's it, Lily." He turned to his wife and said, "Lily, what was the name of that restaurant we ate at last night?"

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