Metering Automation: Beyond AMR

Meter data is arguably the lifeblood of any utility. It represents the basis for the bulk of utility revenues and is the raw material for building customer relationships, particularly as consumers become more sophisticated and markets become more competitive.

Ethernet in the Substation: Just the Facts

Today, Ethernet is the dominant networking technology used in office and home environments. Because Ethernet networks are inexpensive and fairly well understood, their use is quickly becoming popular for industrial and utility applications, including substation automation networks.

PSE&G Has Clear View of Power Grid

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state's population. A subsidiary of PSEG, a diversified energy and energy services company, PSE&G is one of the largest combined electric and gas companies in the United States.

Putting GIS to Work across Departmental Lines at Florence Utilities

Water, water everywhere... and not a clue where the lines really are. For many water/wastewater utilities, the absence of accurate mapping data has made locating and managing existing underground utility lines pure guesswork.

Mobile Computing and GIS High Tech Tools for Utility Field Work

High technology isn't just for use inside the substation or in the utility back office. Utilities are finding tremendous value in pushing technology into the great wide open where the field work force can interact with customers and distribution assets while still remaining digitally connected to the utility enterprise.

Building the Perfect Field Tech The Future of Mobile Computing for Utility Operations

Mobile computing for utility distribution operations is, by now, an established and accepted technology. More than 250 utilities worldwide use mobile computing hardware and software to improve the productivity of their customer service field force.

New Products

WalkAbout Computer's Hammerhead 3 computer now has a 10.5-inch transflective display that delivers full readability in all light conditions. Pen-based and touch-screen models are available. The new Hammerhead also offers an advanced power management application to improve performance and reduce system resource usage, and dual 2100mAh lithium ion batteries, which yield a 27 percent to 35 percent performance improvement over previous models.

News Briefs

American Electric Power has chosen Osmose Inc. and Coherent Networks to perform a data collection and data migration project in its Southwest Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) region.


InfoNetrix (www.InfoNetrix.com) has released the second of four quarterly reports to be published during 2002 covering Transmission & Distribution Management Systems (TDMS) project activity at electric utilities across the United States and Canada.

International News

Zhejiang Provincial Power Company has awarded ABB a US $9.8 million contract to install new electricity distribution centers in two southeastern China cities, Hangzhou and Ningbo.