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Tantalus and SEDC Integrate Platforms to Offer Utilities Real-Time Billing Solutions
Deep East Texas Electrical Cooperative becomes first Tantalus utility to deploy integrated solution
Raleigh, NC – July 31, 2012 – Tantalus, a leading provider of real-time Smart Grid communications, announced today the integration of the Tantalus Utility Network (TUNet) with Southeastern Data Cooperative (SEDC), a leading provider of billing and accounting software for the electric utility industry. The integration from TUNet to SEDC billing software follows MultiSpeak protocols and now enables Tantalus to offer utility customers a wider array of billing, accounting, engineering and operations functions.
TUNet and SEDC work together seamlessly as a behind-the-scenes operations management engine that feeds real-time data to existing billing interfaces and management software. TUNet can also supply real-time scheduled and on-demand meter reads directly to SEDC billing, enabling more accurate and immediate billing and usage data.
Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative (DETEC) is the first customer to realize the benefits of TUNet’s integration with Utility Power Net (UPN), SEDC’s easy-to-use suite of billing, accounting and capital credit utility software. This announcement follows last year’s news that DETEC selected Tantalus to replace an aging, one-way automated meter reading (AMR) system with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).
“We’re very pleased with Tantalus’ work in ensuring a successful integration with SEDC’s billing solution that fits well into our existing business and billing processes,” said Bruce Goss, DETEC’s AMI Project Manager.
“We’re proud to integrate TUNet with UPN, SEDC’s comprehensive billing suite,” said Eric Murray, Tantalus president & CEO. “We can now offer utilities what they’ve long been seeking – an integrated solution that offers accurate and immediate data for billing purposes.”
The application is now available for nationwide rollout to SEDC’s customer base of more than 240 public distribution utilities.
Tantalus provides two-way, real-time data communications networks to monitor and control electric, gas and water utilities. TUNet® (the Tantalus Utility Network) is an end-to-end WAN/LAN/HAN communications system that operates with 220 MHz RF, 900 MHz, and IP-based networks including Fiber, WiMAX and GPRS/cellular, either individually or in combination. TUNet’s patented and patents pending technologies are purpose built for the Smart Grid. The Tantalus network unites a utility’s applications, making advanced metering, outage management, power quality monitoring, load control, and distribution automation cost-effective and practical throughout both urban and rural service areas. For more information, please visit www.tantalus.com.
SEDC is an information technology cooperative that provides a broad range of utility software and hardware solutions along with technical services to electric membership cooperatives and electric distribution utilities nationwide. SEDC’s core application, UPN, is a suite of intuitive CIS Billing, Bill Payment, Accounting, Engineering, and Operations applications that seamlessly integrate a utility’s software and hardware solutions with its business processes. UPN provides industry-leading performance and stability across a range of operations, while also offering unparalleled real-time integration with the industry’s leading engineering, operations, and financial services companies. Its comprehensive, intelligent, and flexible design, together with the experience and expertise of SEDC’s support staff, make UPN the perfect suite of applications for any utility.
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