MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc.
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MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc.

July 28, 2005 08:30 ET

MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc.: SEMCO ENERGY Selects Advantex

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - July 28, 2005) - SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE:SEN), which distributes natural gas to more than 400,000 customers in Michigan and Alaska combined, has selected MDSI Mobile Data Solutions' (TSX:MMD)(NASDAQ:MDSI) Advantex r7.7 ("Advantex in a Box") software to automate the work of approximately 150 field technicians.

Advantex in a Box is a self-deployable, highly-configurable enterprise-wide mobile workforce management solution with a scheduled upgrade plan and comprehensive online support. At SEMCO ENERGY, Advantex replaces a competitive solution used for scheduling, work order assignment, dispatching, and managing fieldwork. Scheduled to be rolled out in 2006 for the Michigan operations, Advantex also improves customer service by enabling service technicians to find the quickest route between assignments. The software provides integrated street maps, optimized street level routing sequences and driving directions on a mobile device.

"We are delighted to be partnering with an industry leader like MDSI," said Dan Forsyth, Director of Customer and Support Services at SEMCO ENERGY. "Their enterprise-wide mobile workforce management software is designed to integrate seamlessly with our new and existing systems for improved overall operational efficiency."

According to MDSI's President, CEO and Chairman Erik Dysthe, Advantex in a Box is the most scalable and flexible enterprise-wide mobile workforce management solution available. "It's satisfying to see that we've made it possible for customers like SEMCO ENEGY to install Advantex and save on deployment and maintenance costs," he said.

About SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.

SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. distributes natural gas to more than 400,000 customers combined in Michigan, as SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, and in Alaska, as ENSTAR Natural Gas Company. It also owns and operates businesses involved in propane distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage in various regions of the United States. www.semcoenergy.com/.

About MDSI

MDSI is the largest, most successful and experienced provider of mobile workforce management solutions in the world. MDSI's software improves customer service and relationships and reduces operating costs by allowing companies to manage field resources more effectively. Headquartered in Richmond, BC, Canada, MDSI was founded in 1993 and has approximately 325 employees. The company has operations and support offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. MDSI services approximately 100 customers and has licensed more than 80,000 field service users around the world. MDSI is a public company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MMD) and on NASDAQ (MDSI).


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