Top 10 Utilities Tech Solution Companies - 2020

Today, utility firms around the world are embracing digital technologies to improve efficiency and customer satisfaction. The increased technological capability has created an explosion of data in the utility industry, altering the way in which utilities can meet demands. They implement various approaches to compete and build customer trust. All these innovations are aimed at improving processes and improve customer service by offering a more personalized experience, solutions for self-service and lower costs.

Typical among the technologies cited by utility stakeholders are cloud computing, digital transformation, IoT, electric vehicles, distributed/ renewable energy sources, and security. There is also a thriving transition of these technology-based innovations into the utility industry. Tech-

evangelists are optimistic about how smart grids, advanced metering infrastructures, virtual power plants, smart homes, intelligent transportation, and smart cities will enable tomorrow’s utilities. However, utility companies will require all the resourcefulness and intellect to convert them into promising opportunities for the future.

With so many changes taking place in the utility industry, firms looking forward to leading the transformations need to remain open and nimble to groundbreaking technologies, thoughts, and processes. To help companies who struggle in this space, the current edition of CIOReview brings you “10 Most Promising Utilities Tech Solution Providers 2020.” The solutions offered by these companies will help utility companies to create a blueprint, implement, and maintain an array of solutions with innovative applications and smart devices.

Top Utilities Tech Solution Companies

Avertra is a Global Integration Services, Products & Consultancy Organization with a main focus on the Energy and Utilities Industry. With one of the best internal Implementation, Development, Support, and Services Teams in the US and European Markets, they strive to exceed their customers’ expectations and achieve the immediate realization of the value within the first year of the partnerships. The internal and external teams possess the highest level of experience when it comes to SAP IS-U /CR&B Consulting & Advisement, CSS Web Portal Product Deployments, Smart Grid Solutions, and Analytics for Business Intelligence. Their innovative solutions and delivery models are designed to take customers’ to the point where support is a choice, not a requirement

Cogsdale is known for developing solutions for local governments and utilities to address the complex and changing needs of its operations since 1997. Cogsdale focuses on public and private services, local government organizations, and utility co-operatives. The company provides fully integrated solutions by leveraging the knowledge of the customers with the strength of the Microsoft Dynamics platform. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Cogsdale increases the core Microsoft Dynamics offerings to provide a full range of functional solutions, including Financial Management, Asset Management, People Management, Work Management, and Customer Management

Florida-based Communications International (Ci) addresses the challenges associated with the design and implementation of mission-critical communications systems including unique weather events like hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. The company’s solutions are catered toward a variety of markets such as utilities, public safety, transportation, and commercial applications. The company’s suite of products enables clients to make the necessary preparations before an impending natural disaster. In the event of an emergency, they provide immediate assistance to ensure communication channels are up and running. Responsiveness is a core value at Ci as well as ensuring the safety of its system users

CTC Global manufactures the ACCC® Conductor, which utilizes a hybrid carbon fibre and glass fibre composite core that has a low coefficient of thermal expansion. Their high-capacity, high-efficiency, low-sag, patented and extensively tested ACCC® Conductor has a core so much lighter than steel that it can incorporate about 28 percent more aluminium in the same diameter without a weight penalty. The added aluminium content serves not only to carry more electrical current but it also reduces the electrical resistance of the wire, which serves to reduce transmission line losses. The composite core of CTC Global has been rigorously tested and certified, and produced to ASTM standards

SmartMark Communications is a global strategic communications company that expands the horizons by providing end-to-end communications services, enhanced corporate strategy for technology vendors who sell to industry peers, and large energy companies educating consumers. The firm has an inherent understanding of how various communication tactics function to create solid messaging and market positioning. Its forte covers an array of functional areas such as design, web and application development, media and analyst relations, public affairs, community and government relations, crisis communications, strategic market positioning, and event production

Swampfox Technologies brings exceptional self-service and contact center solutions to the market to empower organizations to build intelligent customer experiences while reducing ongoing costs and simplifying operational complexity. Initially part of Avaya, the Swampfox team was instrumental in developing the award-winning Avaya Voice Portal and Avaya Experience Portal platforms (while at Avaya), which are widely utilized by many of the largest utility companies around the world. Today, as an Avaya DevConnect Technology Partner, Swampfox offers robust products and solutions, through an on-premise or hosted SaaS model, to help large and mid-size utility customers deliver rich customer experiences

1Spatial

1Spatial

1Spatial is a software solutions provider and the global leader in managing geospatial data. It delivers real value to the clients by making data current, complete, and consistent through the use of automated processes, thus making decisions using the highest quality information available. Their rules-based approach is unique, delivering enterprise-scale, cross-platform, and automation to all stages of the data lifecycle. This reduces the time and cost of stewardship. The company serves a wide range of clients, including utility and telecommunications businesses, national mapping and land management agencies, government departments, emergency services, defense, census bureaus, and transportation organizations

Grid4C

Grid4C

Grid4C is a company of energy providers and consumers by enabling the power to foresee, leveraging advanced Machine Learning capabilities to deliver accurate, granular predictions that are crucial for tackling the rising challenges of today's energy industry. Grid4C's plug-and-play solutions analyze the massive amounts of sub-hourly data collected from millions of smart meters and IoT data, and together with customer data, and pricing information. The company delivers new revenue streams, enhances customer value, improves the efficiency of energy operations, and maximizes profit. Its portfolio consists of Predictive Home Advisor, including on-intrusive household appliance fault prediction and load disaggregation capabilities, Predictive Operational Analytics, enabling better decisions for coordination of distributed energy resources with meter, sub-meter, and asset-level forecasting

Itron

Itron

Founded in 1977, Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely, and reliably providing critical infrastructure services to communities to several countries. The company’s proven portfolio of smart networks, services, software, and sensors help their customers to better manage energy and water for the people they serve. The company with a team of the experienced team delivers an unprecedented level of commitment and value to its customers. The company specializes in advanced metering, network communications, smart grid, home area networking, smart metering, gas meters, and thermal energy measurement and control. The company is headquartered in Liberty Lake, Washington

SENTIENT ENERGY

SENTIENT ENERGY

Headquartered in Burlingame, CA, Sentient Energy offers the only substation-class, cost-effective line monitor, sensors, and analytics that can quickly deploy anywhere along the distribution grid, enabling them to find faults, cut costs and prevent hazards. The company’s monitoring systems give utilities unique and detailed insight into operating status and fault conditions along the entire distribution grid downstream from the substation. Deployed on top of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) or Distribution Automation (DA) communications networks, Sentient Energy leverages the capital invested in the Smart Grid by improving reliability and service while minimizing the liability