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Utility Week 17th April 2015

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30 | 17TH - 23RD APRIL 2015 | UTILITY WEEK Community COMPANY LINK DON'T MISS To advertise here call Sarah Wood on 01342 332077 or email sarah.wood@fav-house.com Datamere Software Datamere Software is the award winning software development company behind GMS©, the gas management system that offers a com- plete downstream solution for gas suppliers. Founded in 1998, Datamere has an impressive client portfolio of some of the biggest suppliers in the gas industry and has also built a reputation for offering services to new entrants to the market. The latest release, GMS V4© offers an interface inspired by the Windows 8 operating system and adopts many new features. GMS V4© will manage all industry flows, prospects, instant quoting, CRM, pricing, invoicing and portfolio management. The workflow management system allows a com- prehensive overview and a new transactional billing engine accommodates for increasingly complex pricing options. GMS V4© is also fully Project Nexus compliant. Our gas and power system, GENUS© is currently in development with a projected release date of December 2015. For more details please contact the office on 01625 525033 or visit www.datamere.co.uk 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 business 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 Mainte- nance services as well as providing a full suite of dual fuel Smart Metering services. Our dual-site Contact Centre provides a wide range of profes- sional 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 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 meter 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 holding information for all the metering systems managed by the host company. 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 inven- tory 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. Utility Week Live incorporating IWEX 2015 21-23 April, NEC, Birmingham The new exhibition dedicated to the UK's water, electricity and gas utilities. Utility Week Live incorporating IWEX is the UK's first and only exhibi- tion dedicated to the business, operational and technical needs of the UK's water, electricity and gas utilities. Building on the rich heritage of IWEX – Faversham House's long-standing exhibition aimed at the UK water companies, their contractors and manufacturing and process industries with onsite effluent treatment needs – Utility Week Live will provide an important information exchange and marketplace. More information: www.utilityweeklive.co.uk Reader of the week Beatrice Rogers, head of design, Knowledge Transfer Network "I have a tape deck in my car and play my old tapes from uni" What was your first job? When I was 17 I wanted to upgrade my 50cc scooter to a Honda c90, so I got a job in McDonald's to fund it. What are the best and worst parts of your job? Best: hosting an event that brings together designers, businesses and innovators and there is a "lightbulb" moment – where people spark off each other and see new ways of doing things using design and opportunities to work together. Worst: administration, time sheets, expenses forms, etc. What's your dream job and why? When I was at school I wanted to be an art director for films. What's your most treasured possession? My music collection. In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? Audrey Tautou. She is both beautiful and talented and would make me look great on screen. What album is currently in your car CD player? Oh, now this is telling – I have a tape deck in my car and play my old tapes from uni. What's your favourite film and TV programme? Film: Blade Runner or The Third Man. TV: Doctor Who. What quote or saying do you most overuse? I'm not a massive user of sayings. But when I was young, my family used to quote from Alice in Wonderland, things like "jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today". If you ruled the world, what would you do first? The usual stuff – stop the wars, feed the hungry, work for a sustainable equitable society! Maybe I'd also create a "moon race" style innovation competition to see who could be the first nation to use all- renewable energy and have a circular economy. What's your favourite joke? What's brown and sticky? A stick.

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