Southern Company and Hewlett-Packard have announced an agreement that integrates Southern Company`s EnerLink the industry`s leading energy use
analysis software with HP Vantera, a new, open platform for distributed
data measurement and control from Hewlett-Packard. The combining of the
two technologies will allow users to gather real-time information of energy use
within each facility or among all their facilities.
The agreement will significantly increase the value of EnerLink to existing and
future users. In addition, EnerLink will gain access to additional measurement
devices as Hewlett-Packard and third-party companies embrace the HP
We are enthusiastic about the synergy between the two products, said Kevin
Fletcher, president of Southern Development, the Southern Company
subsidiary that markets EnerLink. With this agreement, we see the potential
for significant growth of our EnerLink products, both in our regulated and
Frank Hyde, general manager of EnerLink Information Systems, said the
agreement brings together two leaders in their respective industries.
"Hewlett-Packard`s demonstrated abilities in measurement, communications
and computers combined with EnerLink`s established leadership in supplying
energy analysis information systems will result in radically new and compelling
products and services, Hyde said. These products and services will provide
opportunities for large energy consumers to use energy more efficiently and
reduce their energy costs.
The agreement between Southern Company and Hewlett-Packard also is
expected to create a new set of options for utilities and their customers.
Already, 45 U.S. utilities use EnerLink products and distribute those products
to their large industrial and commercial customers. EnerLink product features
include real-time pricing, rate analysis, energy-use analysis, billing and bill
auditing, among other applications.
As demonstrated in other industries, the emergence of an accepted open
platform, such as HP Vantera, can achieve dramatic changes on a national
basis, said Gerhard Schmid, Hewlett-Packard`s Lake Stevens Division
marketing manager. Our objective is to create a platform composed of
industry standards and an architecture that permits third-party solutions to be
efficiently channeled to a customer`s requirements.
Atlanta-based Southern Company is the parent firm of five electric utilities:
Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power and
Savannah Electric. It also markets energy-related services and mobile radio
services under the Southern Company name. Its Southern Energy Inc.
subsidiary develops, builds, owns and operates power production and delivery
facilities and provides a broad range of services in the U.S. and international
markets. Southern Companys common stock is one of the 20 most widely
held corporate stocks in America.
Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global manufacturer of computing,
communications and measurement products and services, recognized for
excellence in quality and support. Hewlett-Packard has 112,000 employees,
with revenues of $38.4 billion during its 1996 fiscal year.