[Devi Paulsen][October 30, 2006] For any utility – investor-owned, publicly-owned, large or small – wanting to survive in today’s increasingly competitive market, deploying smart metering in some form or another is a non-negotiable. As is attending the 8th annual Metering, Billing/CIS America conference and exhibition, taking place 7 - 11 May 2007 in San Antonio, Texas!

The conference and exhibition furnishes strategic insights into a set of factors (the customer service-end technology sector) that will be crucial in shaping the utility marketplace during the next century. The platform will define the players and issues dominating the industry, featuring people, technologies and forces influential to creating trend outlines and turning points.

CPS Energy and the San Antonio River Authority will be acting as host utilities, and the multi-track three day conference program has over 100 industry-elite speakers who will look at real life examples and deployments, decisions and updates for the North American customer-end technology sector. Program highlights include: Leveraging the CIS in an AMI world; AMI and the customer; Meter to cash; and MDM and data analytics.

The conference will also include pre-event workshops, training programs and seminars, with an opening session featuring a panel of high-level executives (regulators, users, utilities and lobbyists) who will debate the ‘new why’ – why the industry will be taking the direction that it is, and where it is going. The event also includes an exhibition with over 80 exhibitors, as well as field visits to advanced metering and BPL installations across the state of Texas, making it THE integrated smart metering, billing and CIS toolkit for the NOW utility!

For additional information about this event, contact Devi Paulsen: devip@spintelligent.com, phone: 888 559 8017