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Talgentra launches advanced metering software that supports energy conservation and sustainability

  • 27 November, 2007 14:59

<p>Melbourne, November 2007 – Talgentra, the leading provider of billing and customer management solutions to utility companies in Australia, announced today the launch of its new meter data management solution (MDMS) – mDATA21 to support the deployment of advanced meters.</p>
<p>Emerging trends in advanced metering are driving new strategies in Australia for energy conservation and sustainability, and utilities are preparing for significant increases in consumption data collected from advanced metering systems.</p>
<p>Most residential meters in Australia are designed to be read manually once a month – a frequency likely to increase to 96 times a day with the introduction of Smart Meters and automated meter reading technologies. That’s one consumption data point every 15 minutes for every customer that a utility will need to collect, validate and store within its IT network.</p>
<p>To support this exponential growth in electricity consumption data, Talgentra has developed mDATA21 to handle large volumes of interval consumption data for utilities in Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world. Using the latest technologies for enterprise integration, data management and data provisioning, utilities can now maximise the benefits of maintaining consumption data of this granularity for its customers and its business.</p>
<p>Talgentra Marketing Manager Aaron Baker commented: “Energy Retailers and Network Companies need to be prepared for the data volumes expected. We are talking about Petabytes of data that will require analysis to enable accurate demand and load forecasting throughout the network. There are significant cost benefits from advanced metering for the industry in terms of automating meter readings, greater theft and tamper detection and accurate load forecasting, but these benefits can’t be realised if utilities fail to transform complex meter data into meaningful information for their customers and their own business.”</p>
<p>With over 20 years experience developing solutions for the utility industry, including the delivery of one of Australia’s first commercial meter data management solutions, Talgentra is considered one of Australia’s ‘quiet achievers’ in the IT industry. Delivering its software solutions throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Pacific Islands, the USA and Europe, the company has a solid base of local and international expertise to drive future growth as it launches mDATA21 to compete against larger and less agile US and European software companies.</p>
<p>“mDATA21 is developed around Talgentra’s experience in energy industries locally and globally. Our billing and customer information system, Gentrack, is already used in over 40 utility sites including one of Australia’s largest Time of Use utility billing sites, ensuring that the development of mDATA21 is based around essential capabilities to support a utility’s move into advanced metering. We have also applied SOA throughout mDATA21 to ensure ease of integration with a utility’s enterprise solutions such as CIS, GIS and Asset Management System, where the real value of the data can be realised.”</p>
<p>Deployment of Meter Data Management solutions is showing significant growth in Australia, Europe and North America with no fewer than 30 major implementations where advanced metering and demand management programmes have been implemented, or are being implemented. Many advanced metering and MDMS deployments are in response to cost savings around automating meter management activities, but Government calls for greater energy efficiency and emission reductions have also played a significant role in the business case.</p>
<p>Baker added: “If the Energy Industry is to meet the national objectives for increases in residential energy efficiency, a major shift in consumer behaviour around energy consumption is required. Utilities can drive this change through improved customer profiling using interval meter data, and development of new products and demand incentives tailored to customers. These can then be delivered directly into households via advanced metering technologies – facilitated by mDATA21.”</p>
<p>Advanced metering will transform the traditional utility – customer relationship, facilitating more choice and savings for customers and more accuracy and operational cost savings for utilities, contributing to a sustainable energy future for Australia. Baker says this prospect will position Australia as a global leader in the race for energy sustainability.</p>
<p>About mDATA21
mDATA21 is developed, implemented and supported by Talgentra, a leading provider of software solutions to the utility industry since 1980.</p>
<p>Based on proven technologies for handling large volumes of raw meter data and a series of workflow and integration tools, mDATA21 is designed to automate data management and provisioning activities, reducing the complexities associated with market compliance and meter data management obligations.</p>
<p>More about mDATA21 at www.mdata21.com.</p>
<p>About Gentrack
Gentrack is a billing and customer management solution designed specifically for energy and water utilities. Built for low cost of ownership and rapid implementation, Gentrack is improving the bottom line of utilities in competitive and regulated markets world wide with over 40 sites across Australia, New Zealand, USA, Europe, South East Asia and The Pacific Islands. More about Gentrack at www.talgentra.com/gentrack or email info@talgentra.com.</p>
<p>Contact:
Talgentra Pty Ltd
Aaron Baker – Marketing Manager
Phone: +61 3 9867 9100 or 021 237 2055
Email: info@talgentra.com</p>

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