Mount Maunganui and Auckland, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- May 25, 2011 - New Zealand energy retailer TrustPower has announced the purchase of Kiwi company DataCol’s meter reading and data management system, SevenX, for the management of reading approximately 500,000 electricity meters.

SevenX offers an affordable and open alternative to proprietary systems. Benefits that TrustPower can gain include achieving greater efficiency in the collection of meter data, while at the same time improving the quality of the information gathered.

“Moving to DataCol’s SevenX data collection system has allowed us to become even more efficient, not only in the collection of consumption data, but also in the recording of additional information that will assist us to improve our already excellent customer service,” said TrustPower’s field service manager retail, Stuart Milsom. “In addition, it assists TrustPower to be even more responsive in what is a constantly changing industry environment.”

TrustPower is New Zealand's fifth largest electricity retailer, with 220,000 mass market retail customers located throughout the country.

DataCol is a fully owned subsidiary of New Zealand energy distribution company Electra.