Home area networks (HANs) as an extension of AMI are starting to attract a lot of interest and accordingly the pre-conference seminar at the 2nd Smart Metering West Coast will focus on this fast developing technology.

HANs are set to become the basis of the smart home of the future, and in addition to the wide range of home control applications, they will open the way for new and smart home energy management options.

The pre-conference seminar will bring together experts in the field to discuss issues such as standards and practices in HANs, which are key to enabling information exchange between the utility and consumer networks. While energy management is only one of the drivers of HANs – and others, such as entertainment applications are likely to be more significant – it is important for the utility industry to work with other HAN stakeholders and make its requirements known, writes Erich Gunther, chairman of EnerNex Corporation, in the latest issue of Metering International. “Then there is a high probability that the HAN will evolve in a way conducive to managing energy use in a much more intelligent, creative and efficient manner than we do today.”

Metering International’s 2nd Smart Metering West Coast conference will take place in Los Angeles, CA, from August 20-22, 2007.      

Program highlights include a site visit organized by the host utility, Southern California Edison, which will demonstrate new AMI technology in action, and the opportunity to gain insights from users and vendors on the deployment of smart meter systems and the new technologies available on the market. There will also be a lot of networking opportunities to mix and do business together.

To be part of the West Coast utilities smart metering landscape sign up now as a delegate. Register on-line before June 15, 2007 and receive $100 discount.

For more information, contact Teresa Botha at teresa@spintelligent.com, phone: 888 559 8017 (US) or +27 21 700 3500 (international), or visit www.metering.com/westcoast