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KE, InfoTech strike accord

January 27, 2014

KE & InfoTech Pakistan sign agreement to deploy a Smart Grid Technology Platform from Oracle; This along with smart meters will help in monitoring network & reducing energy losses - KE

Karachi24th January, 2014: K-Electric Limited (KE), formerly Karachi Electric Supply Company, has signed an agreement with InfoTech Pakistan Limited (IPL) to implement a Smart Grid Technology Platform. The platform's key components are Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management and Oracle Utilities Network Management System which will be integrated with KE's recently implemented SAP Industry Solution for Utilities (SAP IS-U).

According to a KE press release, this platform will allow the company to maximize its Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI) capability with proper network management. It is pertinent to mentions that this will help in improved monitoring of the overall electrical network which will reduce energy losses further, manage recoveries, proactively address network performance issues, enhance distribution planning capability and improve outage management. This will also have a positive impact as far as customer service is concerned. The initial phase of the project will be to implement Smart Meters for approximately 10,000 customers across a few specific areas of Karachi within a year, and then continuously roll out across a major portion of the city.

The agreement was signed by Syed Muhammad Taha, Chief Distribution Officer for KE and Asim Haq, VP Sales InfoTech. Also present at the occasion were Naseer Akhtar CEO InfoTech, Syed Ahmed Bilal VP Software, InfoTech, Rafi Khan Head of PMO and Professional Services InfoTech, Jamil Akbar Director Business Strategy KE, Sardar Naufil Mahmud Chief Information Officer KE, Moin Iqbal Smart Grid Project Manager KE and Shoaib Mulla Manager Smart Grid PMO KE.

Nayyer Hussain, CEO of KE on this occasion said, "This project will be key in enabling the power utility to continue its turnaround and establish itself as a commercially feasible & the best in class utility. This will also serve as a role model and benchmark in not only Pakistan but across other developing markets too. This platform will give us greater visibility over our network, enhance our operations, deliver better customer service and provide the foundation for us to adapt to leading technologies in electrical distribution. IPL provides strong local capability to implement and integrate this platform composed of the top rated Smart Grid products of Oracle along with our existing SAP IS-U system."

Naseer Akhtar, President and CEO of InfoTech Pakistan added, "We are excited to be partnering in this ambitious and ground breaking project which will make both KE and InfoTech pioneers in Pakistan in bringing in a comprehensive Smart Grid product like Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management and Oracle Utilities Network Management System Gateway. KE's decision to work with InfoTech reaffirms our position as one of the leading technology companies in Pakistan."

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Source: Pakistan Press International

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