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Agility CIS Orion finds opportunities in deregulation

posted Aug 4, 2012, 3:25 AM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated Aug 4, 2012, 4:05 AM ]
"The asset sales are an opportunity from our perspective," says Agility CIS chief executive Mike Thorne.

Agility CIS is the creator of Orion, a system for utility billing and customer management - for "anything that is metered: electricity, gas, water, internet services providers (ISPs) and telcos", he says.

The company's services include remote advance metering, smart billing, customer information systems, credit management and performance monitoring.

Thorne says companies need a driver to change, and those drivers are deregulation and advanced metering or smart metering, where consumers can have more up-to-date information on their consumption patterns"

"Because New Zealand deregulated more than 12 years ago, it has got quite a mature market and mature products, which are of interest to newly deregulating markets.

"We get a lot of [international] leads because New Zealand was an early adopter." Various states in the US are now deregulating. Turkey and Jordan are in the process as is Saudi Arabia"