AMRA Returns to Reno for Autovation 2007

By Donald Dawson, Samudra Sen and Mariano Gonzalez, Booz Allen Hamilton

Revisiting the scene of its successful 1999 conference and exhibition, the AMRA returns to Reno, Nev., Sept. 30-Oct. 3 for Autovation 2007. Over the course of the four-day conference, attendees can expect a wealth of information on automatic meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for water, gas and electric utilities, demand response, meter data management, and information technology.

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Between conference sessions, attendees will find a one-stop-shop for metering-related technology in the Autovation exhibit hall. At the time of this writing, more than 70 exhibitors had signed up to display their wares on the Autovation exhibit floor. The exhibit hall opens with a reception on the afternoon of Oct. 1 at 4:30.

Autovation 2007 kicks off shortly after noon on Sunday, Sept. 30, with six four-hour Pre-Autovation educational courses. Over the course of two days, 16 pre-conference courses will be conducted, covering industry standards, demand response, AMI implementation and more. The Sunday courses cover:

  • Pre-assessing communication technologies for AMR and added-value applications;
  • Utility business transformation with AMR, DR (demand response) and smart grid;
  • Water and electricity don’t mix-so what are the best water utility AMR/AMI strategies?
  • Addressing AMR/AMI risks with effective vendor negotiations and contracts;
  • What are AMR/AMI standards and why do they exist? and,
  • Implementing the AMI vision.

The Pre-Autovation courses continue on Monday with full-day and half-day courses on the following:

  • AMI and MDMS-technology that can change your future;
  • Demand responsive metering;
  • AMI planning and strategy essentials for energy utilities;
  • The details-how ANSI/IEEE/MC standards address the totality of utility industry needs;
  • Wireless technologies for AMR/AMI-overview of communication requirements;
  • Water utility AMR/AMI-finding and implementing the right solution;
  • Executing the AMI business case: RFP, vendor selection, project success;
  • Leveraging the value of AMI to improve outage management;
  • Practical guide to AMR/AMI project management-from feasibility through installation; and,
  • Wireless technologies for AMR/AMI-applications and challenges.

After the Pre-Autovation courses, the main part of the Autovation conference kicks off Tuesday morning with a keynote session featuring Jon Wellinghoff, a Federal Energy Regulatory commissioner, Cameron O’Reilly, the founder and managing director of the Bayard Group, which in the last two years has made a strong move in the AMR/AMI market by acquiring Hunt Technologies and Cellnet, and Benjamin Koch, director of investment banking for Citigroup.

Paper and panel sessions begin Tuesday afternoon and continue Wednesday morning and afternoon. Sessions at Autovation 2007 touch on AMR/AMI pre-deployment issues, lessons learned from successful deployments, advanced metering applications, meter data management, demand response, metering standards, and emerging metering/AMR/AMI technologies.

The AMRA’s annual business meeting takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by a closing reception and raffle from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The AMRA is a AMRA is a non-profit industry association whose members own, manage, provide and/or support automated metering systems, related technologies and the data acquired. For full details on the association and Autovation 2007, visit

AMRA celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is planning the most dynamic AMR/AMI conference in its history. Autovation 2007: The AMRA International Symposium, Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Reno, Nev., will bring together AMR/AMI experts and key personnel for four days of the latest and most innovative utility automation strategies and technologies.

Delegates can take advantage of:

  • Intensive Pre-Autovation Courses – learn how to capitalize on AMR/AMI to achieve the greatest impact on utility operations:
    • “Utility Business Transformation with AMR, DR and Smart Grid,”
    • “Pre-Assessing Communication Technologies for AMR and Added-Value Applications,”
    • “Demand Responsive Metering,”
    • “AMI Planning and Strategy Essentials for Energy Utilities,” and
    • “Leveraging the Value of AMI to Improve Outage Management.”
  • Educational sessions designed for electric utility professionals, including:
    • “How to Make Your AMI Data MDM Friendly,”
    • “AMIS – How to Socialize the Idea and Get Funding,”
    • “Cyber Security Considerations for AMI,”
    • “The State of Meter Data Management – Why all the Fuss?”
    • “Public Wireless Metering Infrastructure,”
    • “Using AMI to Implement Time-Based Pricing Programs for Residential Consumers,” and
    • “A Complete SOA Solution for the AMI Integration.”
  • Electric Utility Peer Forums – Roundtable discussions to discuss hot topics, triumphs and challenges. For utility representatives only.
  • Autovation Exhibit Hall – Your best source of information about products and services designed to derive more value from your AMR/AMI investment.

Plus, maximize AMR/AMI networking and education opportunities with speed networking, breakfast with the experts, first time attendee orientation, and exhibit hall receptions.

AMRA members receive discounted Autovation registration fees and reap the benefits of connecting to AMR/AMI expertise, networks, resources and leadership.

For more information about membership, Autovation or AMRA visit -Source: AMRA

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