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UTILITY Week 22nd May 2015

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30 | 22ND - 28TH MAY 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. Energy Ireland 2015: Ireland's largest energy conference 17-18 June, Croke Park, Dublin A not-to-be missed event for those with an interest in Irish energy. Topics discussed include: energy policy; investment in infrastructure; energy market reform; developing renewables; oil and gas exploration and production; smart grids. Plenary and workshop sessions will hear from local and interna- tional expert speakers. There are a limited number of high quality exhibition spaces still available which presents a valuable opportunity for making contacts, networking and lobbying. Call +353 (0)1 661 3755, email registration@energyireland.ie or visit www.energyireland.ie Reader of the week Adrian McConnell, trust manager, Gas Safety Trust "I'd put Katie Hopkins in a rocket and shoot her into space" What was your first job? Selling shoes in Freeman Hardy Willis on Bedford High Street. A couple of warm summers tying laces and touching strangers' feet convinced me I should probably go back to school and do some A Levels. What are the best and worst parts of your job? The best is working on an issue that is now only seeping into the public's conscious and creeping up the government's agenda. The worst is my commute. It is only from the south coast to London, but I am incredibly impatient and if it can go wrong it will go wrong. But then Friday night trains during the stag and hen night season to Brighton can be the most surreal and funny experience you can have… What's your dream job? Probably working in a record or bookshop. What's your most treasured possession? A silver ring from my granddad, made from a florin by an Italian prisoner he was guarding during his national service. I think he swapped it for a packet of cigarettes. In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? I am probably more Woody Allen than Woody Harrelson. What album is currently in your car CD player? An Irma Thomas compilation. What's your favourite film and TV programme? Film – Sideways, the first film I took my wife to see (not because I have been cruelly likened to Paul Giamatti's character Miles). TV – Treme (by the writers of The Wire and set in New Orleans, what's not to like?). What quote or saying do you most overuse? "That's the badger!" If you ruled the world, what would you do first? Put Katie Hopkins in a rocket and shoot her into space. What's your favourite joke? I saw a man playing Dancing Queen on the didgeridoo, I said: "That's Abba-riginal".

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