DistribuTECH 2012 - January 24-26 in San Antonio, TX
Conference Offers Water Utility Technology Learning, Networking
DistribuTECH 2012 will feature a conference program and exhibits covering automation and control systems, energy efficiency, engineering, demand response, renewables integration, power delivery equipment and water utility technology.
With over 300 exhibitors, 14 conference tracks, and 78 conference sessions, DistribuTECH offers the latest information designed to help water utilities reduce costs, improve customer service, reduce non-revenue water loss, increase energy efficiency and promote water conservation.
The following just a sampling of the companies exhibiting water-related products at this year's event. For more information, visit www.distributech.com.
Tadiran Batteries, a manufacturer of lithium batteries, has introduced TLM-HE Series cells, a new family of AA-diameter cylindrical lithium metal oxide batteries that feature an open circuit voltage of 4V, with a discharge capacity of up to 1,100 mAh for a AA-size cell (20 mA at 2.8V RT), nearly 40% greater than a TLM-HP cell of equivalent size. TLM-HE Series batteries cells are capable of handling 5A continuous current and 15A pulses. Constructed with a carbon-based anode, multi metal oxide cathode, and an organic electrolyte, the TLM Series batteries were first introduced in 2007, and are now being deployed in a variety of applications.
Datamatic supplies automated meter reading, asset management, and data collection solutions to water, gas, and electric utilities. Located in Plano, TX, the company serves approximately 500 utility customers who have collectively installed more than 1.5 million Datamatic AMR endpoints. Its Mosaic Firefly delivers walk-by/mobile/mesh network reading options, full two-way communications and support for advanced AMI functionality in a single unit.
Badger Meter is a manufacturer and marketer of flow measurement and control products, serving water and gas utilities, municipalities and industrial customers worldwide. Measuring a variety of liquids, from water to oil and lubricants in industrial processes, products from Badger Meter are known for their high degree of accuracy, long-lasting durability and ability to provide valuable and timely measurement information to customers.
Sensus offers smart meters, communication systems, software and services for the electric, gas, and water industries. The company is making the smart grid a reality today with over 10 million smart endpoints connected and communicating across more than 300 electric, water and gas utility customers. Sensus is the first AMI company to achieve overall cyber security certification, earning both the Wurldtech Achilles Communication and Process Certifications.
Master Meter provides intelligent metering solutions to North American utilities. Its Smart Dialog® 3G AMR/AMI technologies help utilities run more efficiently. Better serve customers, capture more revenue and proactively combat resource loss from leaks, theft and meter malfunction with the company's completely integrated meter data management system.
Water resource management
Itron is a provider of energy and water resource management solutions for nearly 8,000 utilities around the world. The company offers end-to-end solutions that include electricity, gas, water and heat measurement and control technology; communications systems; software; and professional services. Its product portfolio includes data collection and communication systems, automated meter reading (AMR), advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), smart grid and prepaid metering solutions; meter data management and related software applications; project management, installation, and consulting services.
The Aclara® provides Intelligent Infrastructure™ technologies for providing device networking, data-management, and customer communications to electric, water, and gas utilities globally. The strength of the Aclara STAR Network is its flexibility. Utilities may choose one-way MTUs for twice-a-day readings from residential customers. Then, choose two-way MTUs for the larger commercial customers to capture hourly meter reads and take advantage of advanced distribution control and system time-synchronization.
ESRI leads the global geographic information system (GIS) software industry. The company's GIS helps users think and plan geographically. It helps them collect, manage, and analyze spatial information and present the results in an easy-to-understand map. GIS technology helps utilities successfully deal with the latest industry challenges including infrastructure improvements and smart grid implementation. The software supports the implementation of GIS technology on the desktop, servers, online services, and mobile devices.
Tantalus designs, manufactures and markets TUNet, a two-way, real-time data communications systems for electric, gas and water utilities that fully support Smart Grid applications including Advanced Metering, Outage Management, Distribution Automation and Demand Response.
Mueller Systems provides Smart Metering solutions to optimize the delivery and use of water and energy. Municipalities that supply water, electricity or gas – or any combination of the three services – need innovative ways to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, improve conservation, and improve customer service. The Mi.Net™ Mueller Infrastructure Network for Utilities meets that need. The system provides utilities with an end-to-end two way AMI network that is secure, flexible, scalable and affordable.
OSI is a supplier of open automation solutions for real-time management and optimization of complex production, transport, and delivery networks for utilities in the electric, oil and gas, transport, and water industries. The company's ISIS™ (Inline-Serial-Information-Shield) is a complete hardware based serial security solution within OSI's Security Shield suite of products. ISIS secures and encrypts all serial-based communications to protect against system intrusion, in compliance with evolving NERC, FERC, NIST and other security standards for critical control systems.
Open Systems International (OSI)
Tru-Check's range of services includes AMR device installation and maintenance, meter exchanges, meter reading, collections and related field services. The company provides contract meter reading for a wide variety of utility companies. Whether large or small, rural or metropolitan. It staff has retrofitted, tested, and calibrated over 625,000 electric meters with AMI devices. Clients include municipal, investor owned, and rural utilities.
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Echologics Engineering is a developer of acoustic-based technologies for leak detection and pipe condition assessment. The company helps utilities detect leaks and assess the condition of water mains—without breaking ground or disrupting service. Its LeakFinderRT™ is a Windows-based acoustic leak noise correlator that can detect "quiet" narrow-band leaks on transmission mains comprised of a range of materials including ductile iron, PCCP pipe, PVC and Asbestos Cement.
CSC's Utilities Division, which acquired Bass & Company, helps electric, gas and water utilities achieve business objectives. Its Smart Security system helps utilities reduce risk of security threats and attacks across all operations. The company can define and deliver security services, including implementation, plus help manage on-going compliance with regulatory demands.
Noren's air-to-air and air-to-water heat exchangers remove heat from sealed electronic enclosures and panels without exposing the internal components to the harsh environment outside. Drop in air-to-air heat exchangers remove waste heat from sealed electrical panels and enclosures using Noren heat pipe technology. Drop in models extend into the panel from the side, top, front or back, but minimize the external footprint.
Meter data management
eMeter provides software that enables electric, gas and water utilities to realize the full benefits of Smart Grid. Leading utilities worldwide depend on eMeter Smart Grid Management software to reduce operational costs, improve customer service, and drive energy efficiency. With large-scale deployments across the industry, the company has strategic partnerships with Accenture, IBM, SAP and Siemens.
Autodesk integrated design and asset solutions help utilities and E&C firms plan, design and manage more complete models of transmission and distribution infrastructure. AutoCAD® Utility Design software is a comprehensive design productivity tool that helps engineers plan, design, analyze, and order materials for distribution networks —helping to improve speed, ease of use, and accuracy. The company's AutoCAD® software is used across industries for exploring design concepts and speeding up documentation.
Elster Group provides Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and integrated metering solutions to the gas, electricity and water industries. It helps customers worldwide adopt and integrate the latest smart metering system solutions, enabling them to improve revenue cycle services, customer service, delivery reliability and workforce utilization, as well as implement demand response and conservation programs.
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