Utility Vehicle and Equipment Theft is a Big Business-Know How to Protect Your Assets!

Combating utility theft is an ongoing challenge for most, if not all, utility companies. With millions of dollars worth of equipment stolen each year, security involves more than technologies.

2011 04 Up John Tabor

Combating utility theft is an ongoing challenge for most, if not all, utility companies. With millions of dollars worth of equipment stolen each year, security involves more than technologies. One of this month’s feature articles by contributing editor Paul Hull, “Secure…and Safe—Security Involves More Than Technologies,” presents how, in addition to new technologies, security also depends on employees. Equipment and vehicle theft is a real business run by professionals who have developed sophisticated techniques and make large profits from stealing your properties. Hull discusses the importance of knowing the location of your company’s equipment, available technologies to track your equipment and how vital it is for employees to secure and safeguard equipment.

Utility Products also brings you two great meter installation articles. In “Utility Improves Customer Service, Operational Efficiencies,” Hassan Ali describes how one utility that was in the process of replacing more than 4,000 outdated water and electric meters implemented a system-wide advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network. And, in Michael Cale’s article, “Metering and the Smart Grid: A View From the Front Line of Connectivity,” Cale outlines the importance of the meter installation process when utility companies are planning smart grid implementations. Cale discusses the importance of finding the right vendors, customer communication, installation time while keeping safety and accuracy the top priorities, and utilizing call centers and field representatives as public relations tools.

We also have several other informative articles in this issue. In “Distracted Driving: an Issue for Fleet Safety,” Daniel Ross discusses safety concerns caused by distracted drivers, potential liability and safe driving enforcement. Wanda Kenton Smith’s article, “PLUG Power Proliferating in Utility Vehicles,” answers questions about how to choose the best type of inverter for your utility vehicle’s needs and applications. In “EPSILON Cranes: Solution to a Big Project,” author Kristie Pohlman discusses how a major utility project, estimated to cost $1.4 billion and stretching 437.5 miles, utilizes one company’s versatile EPSILON cranes to safely and efficiently transport the cranes; with more than 100 different configurations, the cranes are well able to serve the needs of many industries.

The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) takes place October 4-6, 2011, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. Also know as The Demo Expo, ICUEE will cover more than one million square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits, featuring hands-on demonstrations of utility and construction equipment. To view the information line-up and register, please go to www.icuee.com. ICUEE 2011 has much to offer, and attendees will have a wide variety of learning opportunities.

2011 04 Up John TaborRegards,
John Tabor
Associate Editor
johnt@pennwell.com

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