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UMA is pleased to announce the 2009 UMA Annual Industry Seminar on 20 October in Sydney, Australia. This event is a pre-conference seminar to the Metering Billing/ CRM Australia & New Zealand Conference on 21-22 October in Sydney, Australia. The one day seminar focuses on current industry issues in the Australian and New Zealand markets. Delegates attending the UMA Seminar also attend the UMA Dinner, for further networking and discussion, as part of their registration.

Seminar Agenda
The agenda this year will cover revenue risk with respect to interval meter data in an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) environment looking at IT security, IT risks and AMI issues and challenges. Topics include billing software and computer science aspects of cracking encryption systems in use today. Research being done to develop cryptographic algorithms will also be discussed as the enormous computing power by quantum computers is expected to present critical cyber-security threats.

Beyond metering
UMA has looked beyond metering and will deliver an agenda that will highlight the complexities associated with data as experienced in other industries including the banking and financial sectors. The range of presentations in this year’s one-day programme is expected to interest a vast spectrum of industry delegates, not just utilities (electricity, gas and water).

Guest Speaker
UMA welcomes our guest speaker, Judi Jones, from New Zealand. Judi is the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner and she will give an overview of the experiences in New Zealand with consumer complaints, queries and volumes of meter data in an AMI environment.

Workshop in the afternoon
The afternoon session is a workshop looking at detecting problems with interval meter data and hosting a demonstration to run tests to detect data manipulation. The theme of the workshop is “Business Processes for New Technologies”. This means looking at implementing operating and maintaining cost effective AMI services and integrating them with billing and business intelligence.

The two workshop facilitators are Geoff Rhodes and Guerlain Appriou, experts in IT security.

Geoff Rhodes, from Attachmate Pty Ltd, has over 28 years’ experience in the ICT and defence sectors with specialist expertise in secure systems design and implementation.

Geoff is also the Chairman of the Australian Industry Group’s Technology Industry Development Council and a member of the IT Security Expert Advisory Group (ITSEAG) to the Trusted Information Sharing Network (TISN) on Critical Infrastructure Protection, reporting to the Attorney General’s Department.

Guerlain Appriou is a consultant with experience in energy trading, portfolio and asset management and data warehousing solutions for the financial market.

To register for the 2009 UMA Annual Industry Seminar, delegates need to complete the registration form at www.utilitymeteringassociation.com and for further details contact Maria Cugnetto, Executive Director, UMA at maria@utilitymeteringassociation.com