UK Gas distribution company Xoserve has outsourced its legacy application replacement project to Indian IT services supplier Wipro in a seven-year deal.
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Xoserve supports the distribution and transmission of gas in Britain by providing centralised information and data services to gas transporters and shippers. It is jointly owned by the five major gas distribution network companies and National Grid’s gas transmission business.
The legacy transformation project is aimed at readying the company and its IT for the use of smart meters in the UK, by replacing 20-year-old systems, known as the UK Link suite.
The platform being introduced by Wipro will enable the collection and storage of smart meter readings, introduce flexibility for system enhancements and reporting and help of the gas sector better utilise information from smart meters.
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The government’s plans £11.7bn to have smart energy meters in every business and household in the UK through its GB Smart Meter Implementation Plan (SMIP). It aims to allow gas and electricity consumption to be monitored to provide information that will help consumers and businesses use energy more efficiently.
This promises to lower bills, reduce the UK's carbon footprint and help energy firms to provision better and prevent shortages.
"The UK Link suite of IT systems is the life blood of the competitive gas market, enabling key processes that are critically important to the whole industry,” said Xoserve CEO Chris Murray.