DataCol purchased by Arthur D. Riley

In an agreement finalised on September 29, 2017, Arthur D. Riley (ADR) has purchased data collection, monitoring, and management business DataCol.

About DataCol

Established in 1999, DataCol has gained widespread recognition for its service commitment and levels of innovation.

DataCol’s heritage is as a successful provider of meter reading services across the electricity, gas and water sectors. Crucial to this success has been the development of the proprietary SevenX electronic meter reading software package.

SevenX is an intelligent metering solution in the form of automated meter reading (AMR), which is seamlessly upgradeable to advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems. Those that have adopted it have seen improved efficiency and quality outcomes of their meter data collection. Since implementing SevenX, Sydney Water improved and simplified its quarterly reading cycle, leading to a 20% reduction in meter reading costs, a decrease in billing enquires and improved customer service.

Recent developments have seen the introduction of the SevenX Android app, which is really standing out as an industry-specific solution that manages the collection, analysis, and reporting of the meter data, retaining a complete record of historical reading information. Pioneering the app is the recently formed partnership between Endeavour Energy and UGL Limited, aka The Alliance. Planning, scheduling, and functionality was a given with the app, but The Alliance recognised its potential to do more, and it was this flexibility and adaptability that made the SevenX app stand out from its competitors. Although they only went live with the app at the beginning of October, they’re already seeing benefits such as user engagement, improved data quality, gained efficiencies and real-time data.

Who are ADR?

Established in 1909, Arthur D. Riley & Co. Ltd (ADR) is a New Zealand-owned company. It supplies and services the utility industry, with special emphasis on electricity and water metering, and high voltage equipment for distribution networks.

ADR represents a select group of manufacturers from across the globe. The expertise and experience of their technical personnel are widely acknowledged via the solutions they supply to clients in New Zealand, Australia and throughout the Pacific Islands.

Since 1989 they have been involved with the supply of handheld technology used by their customers’ field staff, focusing primarily on utility meter reading and parking enforcement solutions. Initially using overseas technology, in the late 90s they committed to the development of their own solution for both meter reading and parking enforcement and management. ADR has continued to develop and offer innovative solutions to its client base.

In recent years, a change in the ownership structure meant ADR needed to consolidate their experience in the areas of remote acquisition, monitoring, management, and control. From the supply of Cybetec IP Gateways to Transpower, the acquisition of Control Systems (a SCADA integration company) and ADR’s recently announced acquisition of Abbey Systems – a successful SCADA hardware and design company who has exposure in local, USA, Australian and South Asia markets – the DataCol acquisition further increases the experience and offering they can bring to the market place.

ADR’s Managing Director Garth Mickell says the combined operation will strengthen ADR’s market position as a legacy meter reading provider, by offering synergies and efficiencies in operations. This allows ADR to actively pursue opportunities both nationally and internationally, particularly in the data collection, monitoring, and management sectors. “We are excited to be consolidating forces and to build on the excellent work that’s been achieved to date,” says Garth.

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