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The Value of a Two Tier AMI Solution Webinar

Two tier MDM is a simplified Meter Data Management architecture that leverages the enhanced capabilities of current generation CIS systems and advances in in-memory computing and analytics. In this webinar, Alabama Power Company's Derl Rhoades, System Development and Support Manager, AMI Management Systems and Utegration's Kevin Coons, Director - Industry Principal, explore its implications on existing and new AMI deployments.

In this webinar, we will:

  • Explore what a 2 tier MDM deployment is and how it differs from a legacy 3 tier MDM.
  • Evaluate common business processes such as billing, metering reading, outage, etc and see how they would benefit from a 2 tier deployment
  • Look at the issues related to this business process and how they can be resolved/minimized by a 2 tier approach
  • Contrast with a 3 tier MDM deployment
  • Analyze typical investment and returns of a 3 tier MDM and contrast that with a 2 tier deployment

About our speakers:


Derl Rhoades has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science with Specialty in Communications and Data Processing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

He has been employed by Alabama Power for 38 years, and has been in the Power Delivery Services for 33 years. His current job responsibilities include, AMI network design, new metering communication technologies, field applications for power delivery services, support of field personnel, communications systems for metering and various other Southern Company System initiatives, including data governance and analytics.

Previously, he was part of the initial design team for one of the first MDM’s in the market place in 1999 and is the past Chair of the Southeastern Electric Exchange Metering Committee

Derl is a multiple patent holder and currently sits on multiple ANSI committees.


Kevin Coons has 35 years of experience working in the utility/energy industry for vendors who measure, transmit, process, manage, analyze, and control data to positively affect outcomes in the operations and commercial parts of their business.  For the past 20+ years most of that work has involved AMI and other Smart Grid data.

Kevin has a BSME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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