RALEIGH, N.C., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Elster Solutions today announced the availability of a new compendium focused on helping utilities achieve the best possible return on their meter data investments. The eight-chapter guide was developed in collaboration with Smart Grid News, utilities involved with deploying smart grid solutions and industry technology leaders.
Titled The Executive Guide to Unlocking the Full Value of Your Meter Data, the book covers the critical issues facing the utility industry today as it evolves to a business environment where success depends on leveraging data to drive better results. From connecting meter data to the people and processes that need it, to connecting the technology of today with that of tomorrow, the book presents insights, best practices and tips designed to help utilities achieve their business transformation objectives over the next decade.
"This is a full-scale, start-to-finish, everything-including-the-kitchen-sink compendium of AMI best practices, lessons learned and future directions," commented Jesse Berst, founder and chief analyst at SmartGridNews.com, the Internet's oldest and largest smart grid site. "It is important and timely information purposely written for utility professionals, but what really sets this book apart is that the expert contributors do a terrific job of presenting the why and the how, not just the what," continued Berst.
A few of the topics discussed as part of the guide include:
– Four things to look for in a workflow solution
– 20 questions to ask before you buy a smart meter
– The top characteristics of the next-generation grid communication network
– 3D interoperability: Why utilities should make the leap and reap the benefits
– The three ultimate goals of AMI security and how to achieve them
– Rethinking smart grid data analytics for tactical and strategic advantage
– How managed services can smooth the path to grid modernization
– A sneak peak at the smart grid of the future
In addition to Elster, the guide's contributors include ABB Tropos, Black & Veatch, Black Hills Power, City of Kings Mountain, NC, DVI, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, Leidos, Milsoft Utility Solutions, Mississippi Electric Power Association, NRECA United Power, WESCO and Wurldtech Security Technologies.
Elster delivers complete Smart Grid and Energy Management Solutions that drive energy efficiency, operational improvements and cost savings for utilities, commercial and industrial customers and consumers. Elster uses its speed and agility to drive interoperability and open standards and strategically collaborates with customers and partners.
Its end-to-end electricity, water and gas offerings include advanced meters/sensors, secure communications, and data collection, management and analytics. Elster is dedicated to customer success in more than 130 countries through Elster's professional integration services, technical support and training.