Sterling Concepts, LLC (Sterling Concepts) exclusively focuses on providing Smart City Consulting services related to business case validation, readiness assessment, and strategic planning. We also assist utilities in the evaluation, design, procurement, and implementation of Smart City Metering Solutions.
Whether you're just starting out or looking to restructure, we've got you covered. Our mantra is: analyze, identify, advise, execute. Our mission is to create relationships, not transactions. Our promise is that we'll be there for you, every step of the way, as questions or issues arise, and after the successful completion of your project.
We're a group of experienced strategists that thrive on sharing our experience and knowledge to help your utility or firm become more efficient and revenue positive. Our track record has proven that clear communication, expert guidance, inclusive collaboration, and commitment to quality and service are the foundation of a mutually beneficial and success partnership.
Unlike most of our competitors that only work with larger cities, we specialize in assisting engineering firms and smaller utilities. We are a smaller, highly focused company with subject matter experts who have deep roots in the AMI market. Being a smaller consulting firm focused on you - the utility - we typically have a lower cost compared to large multi-national firms. We also provide full access to our senior staff and executives.
Our staff has over 30 years of combined experience working on numerous AMI projects on behalf of utility clients - more than any other company in the industry. We are very familiar with utility operations across all functional areas, and utilize a strategic approach that specializes on the center point of data integration, as well as the longevity of an AMI solution to meet your requested level of efficiency requested.
We have excellent client references from utilities who wanted a more agile organization with a tailored delivery strategy. Our founder, James Smith, is known for standing next to, and working hand-in-hand with, the utilities and engineering firms - guided by best practices to provide the best experience with technology and vendors. You will see evidence of our work with virtually all the leading vendors in this space.
Because the Sterling team has decades of firsthand experience in utility billing and field metering, we can provide the best customer-centric Smart City solution to meet your needs. Instead of focusing solely on meter-to-cash functions, we will conduct a detailed analysis and develop a comprehensive implementation plan on how an AMI implementation can, and will, positively impact each of your utility's departments. We will also help you determine which technology applications make sense for your unique environment; including budgeting, planning, selection of the appropriate technology, and providing implementation support and oversight. Working in conjunction with your utility personnel, our team can create an optimum solution for you; and unlike our competitors, we do not associate our recommendations with a particular technology, and we have no vendor affiliations. So you can be confident in knowing that our solutions are based solely on YOUR best interests. This allows us to independently guide utilities towards a “best-fit” solution without outside influence. Despite our independence, we have strong working relationships and direct access to top level personnel at most AMI vendor organizations. This helps to expedite resolution of any issues that may arise during a project. Our team also understands pricing structures, which further assists in developing estimates and negotiating the most favorable terms possible for our clients.