City of Naperville, Illinois is the newest member of the MeterSense MDMS family

Top Quote NorthStar Utilities Solutions is pleased to announce that the City of Naperville, Ill., has chosen MeterSense as its meter data management solution. A core component of the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative (NSGI), MeterSense will help Naperville promote grid efficiency and augment customer service. End Quote
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  • (1888PressRelease) February 03, 2011 - OTTAWA, ON - NorthStar Utilities Solutions is pleased to announce that the City of Naperville, Ill., has chosen MeterSense as its meter data management solution.

    Located approximately 30 miles west of Chicago in DuPage and Will counties, Naperville is home to approximately 145,000 people. Although the city's history is firmly rooted in agricultural traditions, Naperville today is a key destination along the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. Nalco, Tellabs, OfficeMax, Alcatel-Lucent, ConAgra and Nicor Gas are among the city's largest employers.

    Through the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative (NSGI), the city is implementing sophisticated new technology that will empower its utility customers with tools and options to monitor and reduce their energy use, if they choose. By 2012, the utility will replace more than 57,000 electric meters with smart meters and install and upgrade infrastructure to ensure a consistent and reliable two-way flow of information between the electric utility and its customers. The NSGI also lays the groundwork to support electric vehicles, energy efficiency programs and other renewable energy sources. The city predicts that through the NSGI it will see a minimum of $34 million dollars in city savings over the next 15 years.

    "We are pleased to be working with NorthStar Utilities Solutions on the smart grid initiative," City of Naperville Community Relations Manager Nadja Lalvani said. "By using MeterSense as the initiative's meter data management solution, we will be able to introduce the benefits of the smart grid to our customers. The city is excited to move forward with modernizing our utility infrastructure to provide our customers with new options for managing their energy consumption."

    A core component of the NSGI, MeterSense will help Naperville promote grid efficiency and augment customer service. MeterSense uses automated validation routines to ensure the quality of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) data, monitors the performance of the AMI system to identify and correct any performance issues quickly, minimizes manual intervention to drive efficiencies and control costs, stores data securely and reliably for operational analysis and promotes timely and accurate billing.

    "Naperville's mandate is to install and commission its smart grid infrastructure in only three years," says Rob DiMurro, NorthStar Utilities Solutions' General Manager. "MeterSense will not only help monitor and validate Naperville's smart meter rollout plan, but it will also help the city realize the benefits of their investment through efficiency gains and understanding customer consumption."

    About the City of Naperville, IL
    Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city's diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several city boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned living history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit

    Learn more about MeterSense
    MeterSense will be at TechAdvantage in Orlando FL, from March 7th - 11th. Visit us to learn more about how MeterSense can help utilities turn their smart grid visions into realities or see us on the web at

    About NorthStar Utilities Solutions
    NorthStar has served the utility market for more than 30 years. We deliver integrated solutions for utilities' billing, customer information, and financial and meter data management needs. More than 200 customers in North America and the Caribbean use NorthStar solutions to manage revenues, deliver superior customer service, improve efficiencies and reduce costs.

    For more information on NorthStar Utilities Solutions and the NorthStar product suite, please visit .

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    For additional information contact:
    Ken Hayes
    Vice President of Sales and Marketing
    NorthStar Utilities Solutions
    A division of Harris Computer Systems
    256-686-1278 or 256-642-6368
    khayes@ northstarutilities .com
    sales@ northstarutilities .com

    About Harris
    Harris is a leading provider of utility customer information systems (CIS), billing, financial management, and meter data management software solutions. Since 1976, Harris has focused on providing feature-rich and robust turnkey solutions to public power and water markets as well as all levels of local government throughout North America. Harris' focus is on creating long-term relationships with our customers and ensuring that we meet the changing needs of our customers over time. For further information on Harris Computer Systems and NorthStar please visit our website at, or call 888-847-7747 x 3183.

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