John Cowburn has joined the technical team at PRI as technology manager. John has over 18 years' experience in product development for the metering industry with Siemens and Landis+Gyr, having been responsible for their family of prepay products. 

For the last five years, he has been in charge of strategic technology at Landis+Gyr, concentrating on developing smart metering concepts for the next generation of communicating meters for automatic meter reading applications employing technologies such as Bluetooth, GSM, Ethernet and Powerline carrier.

John represents the UK metering industry on two international IEC working groups on payment systems and reliability.

"We have been looking to make such an appointment for quite some time," said PRI's sales director Richard St Clair. "To get John is a major coup and provides us with a focal point for delivery of our next generation of Smart meters."

John commented: "I see PRI, with its international development team, as ideally placed to take advantage of the developments emerging around the world in the field of smart metering and payment systems, and am keen to see new ideas coming to fruition."