September 19, 2005 08:42 ET

Elster Electricity Completes Development of the EnergyAxis® Electricity System for AMI

RALEIGH, N.C.--(CCNMatthews - Sep 19, 2005) -

Elster's system now offers a comprehensive electricity metering automation solution for residential, commercial, and industrial applications

Elster Electricity, LLC is pleased to announce that it has completed the development of its full line of electricity metering products for the EnergyAxis System. Having reached this milestone, Elster's EnergyAxis System is now a comprehensive automated metering infrastructure (AMI) solution for residential, commercial, and industrial electricity metering applications. The EnergyAxis System uses a powerful two-way RF communication system to retrieve metering information directly from meters.

With the addition of new EnergyAxis System components including a new software release of the Metering Automation Server (MAS 5.2), a new REX® Form12S meter, and a new 900 MHz radio option on the A3 ALPHA® meter, Elster adds comprehensive communications coverage for multiple metering applications. Already providing intelligent two-way mesh network communications solutions that work for the utility's residential customers, Elster expands the EnergyAxis System's benefits to the commercial and industrial utility customer. These benefits include the ability to support frequent move-in/move-outs with on-request meter reads, remotely assign the meter to a variety of billing rates, utilize the optional remote connect/disconnect switch, and to provide two-way 900 MHz repeating communications for C&I accounts like apartments and other multi-dwelling buildings. The EnergyAxis System is designed to enable any utility to help lower meter reading costs, provide more accurate readings, and improve customer satisfaction by reducing the likelihood of billing questions due to incorrect readings.

"With the addition of support for network meters and polyphase meters to the EnergyAxis System, we now can support all of the meter forms required by electric utilities and provide a total solution for the utilities' residential, commercial, and industrial customer applications," stated Garry January, EnergyAxis product manager. "The EnergyAxis System now offers a complete AMI solution for electric utilities."

Additionally, Elster has plans to license the EnergyAxis System's RF mesh technology to other AMR suppliers to provide Elster's RF mesh technology. Utility customers will have the benefit of choosing to purchase an integrated EnergyAxis RF meter from Elster or to purchase a non-Elster meter with the EnergyAxis RF module developed and sold through other AMR suppliers. This allows utility customers the flexibility to choose between suppliers for their advanced metering automation needs.

About the EnergyAxis System

The EnergyAxis System for residential, commercial, and industrial metering automation uses a powerful two-way RF communication system to retrieve metering information directly from meters. The communication network uses intelligent, two-way spread-spectrum frequency-hopping technology with self-registration to provide secure, reliable communication between meters and data collectors. This technology enables individual meters to act as repeaters, creating a dynamic communication path that optimizes signal strength of the RF and reliability of the communication link. With the single phase REX meters, the A3 ALPHA meter collector, and the polyphase A3 ALPHA meter, the EnergyAxis System is a complete metering automation solution that enables utilities to deploy a system that provides thorough territorial coverage for residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

About Elster Electricity, LLC

Elster Electricity, LLC is a provider of advanced metering infrastructure solutions to help utilities improve their revenue cycle services, customer service, delivery reliability, and workforce utilization. Elster Electricity is located in Raleigh, North Carolina and is part of the world's largest multi-utility metering company for electricity, water, and gas metering. Visit Elster Electricity at www.elsterelectricity.com.

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