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Canadian utility honoured at GITA conference

Aquila Networks, Canada, recently received the 2004 Innovator Award from the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) at a conference in Seattle, Washington. Aquila was chosen from among 19 candidates from the United States, Europe, South America and Canada in the innovation category.

The award is a result of Aquila’s innovative development of technology provided to its power linemen in Alberta. Aquila’s linemen use laptops linked to a GPS, which centers on their trucks to allow them to identify nearby power lines, their voltages and to instantly update information into the Aquila system. The data is collected in a software application called “Field View” that Aquila customized and has been continuously enhanced since 1995 with ideas and suggestions from over 300 Aquila employees.

“We are honoured to receive this prestigious award from an international association of GITA’s calibre,” said Fauzia Lalani, CEO, Aquila Networks Canada. Pat Drinnan, Supervisor of Facilities Mapping for Aquila and winner of two GITA Speaker’s Awards for the last two years for his presentations on the Field View application, accepted the Innovator Award on behalf of Aquila.

Aquila is the only company to ever receive three GITA Awards.

Earlier in 2003, the company implemented customer information software to improve accuracy of customer data transfers, an online meter reading service, and a new customer billing system to allow billing directly from meter reads rather than from estimate data.