AMRA expands educational course schedule

A common theme that emerged during AMRA's recent international symposium is that utility service companies need advanced data collection and information sharing technologies to succeed in today's customer-focused business environment. Industry leaders must embrace technologies that provide timely data so companies can exceed customer expectations, transform enterprise-wide processes, meet regulatory requirements and develop new business.

Attendees also obtained in-depth information in six tracks of concurrent educational sessions. Nearly 100 speakers with expertise in business models, technology development, system implementation, load reduction and data analysis delivered presentations during the three-day symposium.

These industry innovators shared lessons learned during projects designed to improve customer satisfaction, energy management, internal operations and competitive capabilities.

AMRA is fine-tuning educational content for up to three forums in 2003, designed to share the latest information about AMR technologies and projects with a limited number of delegates. This series of official AMRA courses includes sessions offered in conjunction with Metering Americas, to be held May 4-8 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Course participants are eligible to receive AMRA continuing education credits.

And the association will offer its Trials & Installations reports online beginning in spring 2003. These popular publications list details about hundreds of ongoing AMR deployments around the world. Changes related to this improved AMRA resource include:

  • Utilities will submit project information electronically through AMRA's web site.
  • Reports and updates will be available to AMRA members and other subscribers online.
  • A new survey instrument will collect data about AMR units in the field – not merely under contract – to provide a more accurate accounting of actual deployment totals.
  • The report will be published in April with an update in December.

For more information, contact AMRA communications director Marcie Valerio at mvalerio@sherwood-group.com.

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