The partnership is aimed at evolving current utility billing and customer care systems to enhance the time it takes for utilities and consumers to realize true smart grid value while reducing any potential risks which may arise during deployment.

eMeter claims that the partnership will provide a holistic approach to smart grid deployment, demonstrating immediate value as new processes and applications are optimized and realized, while legacy processes are discontinued.

The combined solution will enable competitive AMI technology evaluations and procurement, and will assist in overall smart grid deployment planning.

The solution will support multiple AMI technologies, eliminating vendor lock-in and enabling utilities to adopt the latest and greatest products and technologies.

Utilities will be able to add systems and capabilities as needed, along with value-added applications and services to consumers, eliminating the ‘rip-and-replace’ approach, eMeter said.