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NorthStar Announces New Director of Research and Development

February 10, 2015

OTTAWA, ON – February 9, 2015 - NorthStar Utilities Solutions, a division of Harris Computer Systems, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Hill-Oschefski, as its Director of Research and Development.

Jason brings excellent industry knowledge in utility billing, customer information systems and meter data management.  Jason joined NorthStar in 2009, and moved to Harris’ SmartWorks  division in 2011.  At SmartWorks Jason was a key contributor to the development of MeterSense. MeterSense is the business intelligence of the smart grid and helps utilities seamlessly integrate smart grid investments, such as advanced metering infrastructures (AMI), into billing, customer service and operations systems. MeterSense is the most feature rich MDM system on the market today. 

Jason’s experience with the smart grid provides him with a unique perspective of our customers evolving needs in relation to MDM, AMI, and AMR, and the link between these products and our customers utility billing needs.   During his time at SmartWorks, Jason helped bring several products to market including MeterSense, SmartWorks Compass and BizConnect.

Jason has a Software Engineering Degree from University of Ottawa and began his career working for the Department of National Defense and Industry Canada with a focus in electronic communications warfare.

“With so much focus in the market on MDM, AMI and AMR, it is not a matter of IF a utility, city or municipality will be faced with the decision of investing in one of these systems, it is a matter of WHEN.  Jason will be key in helping both our existing customers and all of our new customers with the ease of these implementations, and helping us to ensure that we continue to focus our NorthStar products in the right direction, staying on top of the latest trends in the industry and embracing the latest technology the market has to offer,” says Ken Hayes, Executive Vice President of NorthStar Utilities Solutions.  

About NorthStar Utilities Solutions

NorthStar Utilities Solutions is the original billing system and organizational structure of Harris Computer Systems and became a division of Harris as Harris continued to expand through organic growth and acquisitions.  NorthStar Utilities Solutions has also been the breeding ground within Harris for product innovation.  This includes customer web portals, mobile, meter data management, and more recently automation.  Our meter data management solution, MeterSense, has grown to the point of becoming its own division and our customer engagement solution, Customer|Connect, will soon become the defacto customer engagement suite for all Harris Utilities Group divisions.

NorthStar has served the utility market for more than 38 years. We deliver integrated solutions for utilities' billing, customer information, meter data management, and web engagement needs. More than 250 customers in North America, the Pacific and the Caribbean use NorthStar solutions to manage revenues, deliver superior customer service, improve efficiencies and reduce costs.

For more information on NorthStar Utilities Solutions and the NorthStar product suite, please visitwww.northstarutilities.com.

 

For additional information contact:

Ken Hayes

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

NorthStar Utilities Solutions

A division of Harris Computer Systems

256-686-1278 or 256-642-6368.     

khayes@northstarutilities.com