Our Industry Expert Interview Series features exclusive interviews with leading industry experts who are part of the co-located events:  Metering, Billing/CRM Europe, T&D/Smart Grids Europe and Smart Homes 2012, either as speakers, sponsors or exhibitors. The event takes place from 9-11 October in Amsterdam.  Our business leaders share what excites and concerns them about the industry and their message at the event in October.

Vodafone – proud to be working with British Gas on smart metering pilot
Vodafone is working on many projects globally of which the company is particularly proud to be working with British Gas on their smart metering pilot running more than 550,000 smart meters in the U.K., all connected by Vodafone SIMs, says the head of Northern Europe, Kim Bybjerg.

Capgemini – digital utilities and innovation
Interview with Philippe David, VP, Energy, Utilities & Chemicals Global Sector Network Lead, CapGemini – gold sponsor at Metering, Billing/CRM Europe 2012.

Luxoft: Working in Russia mostly on projects to enable ageing infrastructure to work more efficiently
Russia is an emerging market and every year the interest in this huge region with very special market rules and business culture grows, says Sergey Bakulin, Energy Practice Program Manager at Luxoft.

ADD GRUP about to develop advanced tools for demand side management
ADD GRUP’s main focus in the coming year is on customizing its new PRIME compliant ADDAX meter, and the development of advanced tools for demand side management, says the company’s head of Marketing and Sales, Ruslan Casico.

Deutsche Telekom: Information technology and processing will play a decisive role in tomorrow's energy industry
The energy transition is perhaps the most significant paradigm shift since the industrial revolution, with customers are becoming business partners, says Gabriele Riedmann de Trinidad, head of the Energy business area at Deutsche Telekom.

Powersense – focus on designing the right solution the first time
Focus on designing the right solution the first time and focus on re-using as much infrastructure as possible – that is the basis of innovative solutions that utilities can use and benefit from, says Martin Speiermann, VP Sales and Marketing at PowerSense.

Intel in the grid: Intelligence. Connectivity. Security
As today’s grid transforms to meet the needs of the future, we believe the promise of a modernized grid hinges on ensuring the requisite connectivity, reliability and security from generation and transmission to distribution and consumption, says Kevin O’Donovan, Director, Worldwide Energy Sector Sales for Intel Corporation.

Locamation – 'electricity grid will become the most powerful network of societies and industrial life'
The electricity grid will become the most powerful network of societies and industrial life, with automation and self healing mechanisms being put in place to enable society to use electricity at any point at any time and at any level of demand, says Alexander Schönfeldt, Director Sales & Marketing for Locamation.

Elster – 'future energy mix needs to be sustainable to meet and secure growing demand'
The future energy mix needs to be sustainable to meet and secure the growing energy demand, and the technology needs to be truly smart and interoperable by design to successfully integrate energy and encourage use awareness in people’s everyday life, says Kim Arlund Nørgaard, Vice President Sales & Marketing at Elster Integrated Solutions and Elster Electricity International.

Siemens Smart Grids: 'We will elevate smart grids to a new level'
Power grids are increasingly being stressed by a number of factors, including rising electricity consumption around the world, aging infrastructure and the increased feed-in of electricity from renewable energy sources. “That’s why we need to move smart grids away from pilot projects to implementing them on a large scale and thus elevating them to a new level,” says Dr Jan Mrosik, CEO of the Siemens Smart Grid Division. Otherwise, he fears that risks to energy security will increase dramatically.

Toshiba – concentrating on providing more advanced energy (grid) management solutions
Toshiba is currently transforming and restructuring its business to meet the demands of the rapidly changing economy – and in energy management solutions, it is concentrating in providing more advanced energy (grid) management solutions. Hear from Takeshi Yokota, Executive Officer Corporate Vice President, Social Infrastructure Systems Company, Toshiba Corporation.

Landis+Gyr – broadened horizons encompass smart communities
With over 115 years' worth of experience in the industry, Landis+Gyr's product portfolio continues to evolve, and now with Toshiba, its horizons have broadened even further to encompass smart communities and all that those entail. Hear from Jon Stretch, Executive Vice President EMEA, Landis+Gyr AG.

Telvent and Schneider Electric – integrating systems and solutions can provide answers to the utility industry’s concerns
Integrating Telvent and Schneider Electric's systems and solutions can provide answers to the utility industry's concerns, with smart grid tools that provide the critical functionality to help utilities manage resources and operate their grids efficiently and reliably. Hear from Oswaldo Kaschny, VP Electric Utilities, Schneider Electric and Jesús Ríos Odero, VP Electric Business, Telvent.

'It is essential that parties have the same understanding of what a smart grid is and how it should be realized'
The PowerMatching City project started in 2007 to demonstrate in practice how large shares of decentralized energy resources (DER) and demand response work under normal grid conditions, explains Albert van den Noort, smart grids specialist at DNV Kema and project manager of this live smart grid project involving 25 households in the Hoogkerk district in the northern part of the Netherlands.