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Utility Week 5th June 2015

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30 | 5TH - 11TH JUNE 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 Rob Saunders, head of energy, Innovate UK "I'd give everyone a personal, tradable carbon budget" What was your first job? I was sponsored through an engineering degree by the packaging company Metalbox, so my first proper job was in its R&D centre trying to figure out how to blowform drinks cans into shapes –so they looked like Coke or Pepsi bottles. That was my first experience of industrial innovation. What are the best and worst parts of your job? The best bit is meeting the companies we support, and seeing the truly disruptive innovation that is going on out there, getting glimpses of alternative futures. The worst part is trying to match up a fairly itinerant work life with the needs of a small baby. What's your dream job? My current one is pretty close. What's your most treasured possession? I'd really miss my 20-year-old mountain bike, which went on a lot of adventures with me in my younger days, and now helps me avoid having to take the north- ern line into London. In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? Jeff Goldblum – he's about my height. What album is currently in your car CD player? I should lie and say Billie Holiday's Lady Sings the Blues, which was the last album I enjoyed in the car. But the truth is it's The Wheels on the Bus – a collection of nursery rhymes. What's your favourite film and TV programme? Film: The Usual Suspects. TV: Any sport. What quote or saying do you most overuse? "Truly disruptive innovation." If you ruled the world, what would you do first? I'd give everyone a personal, trad- able carbon budget and a clear trajectory of budgets to 2050. What's your favourite joke? A Tommy Cooper gem such as: "I went to the gym and asked them if they could teach me to do the splits. The instructor asked me how flexible I was. I said, I'm OK but I can't do Tuesdays."

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